She is a beautiful and healthy little girl, who is almost 2 years old now. Her and Cohen will be right about two years apart. Lauren was born with several heart defects. When Brent and I found out about Cohen’s heart, I was immediately put in contact with Lauren’s mom, Kirsten. Lots of our friends and family knew this family and Brent went to high school with Lauren’s aunt. Kirsten contacted me right away and was so open and willing to talk and offer any advice she could. All of the doctors we are using in Dallas, this family used. She told me about all the doctors and everything Lauren went through..in summary of course. It was hard to hear it all but it helped. And those these pictures are hard to see…..
I feel like they are trying to prepare me. Yes, Brent and I both got sad (and still do) when we see these pictures, but we have some sense of what is coming our way. No, I don’t think it will make it any easier once we are standing there over Cohen. Yes, I just got big crocodile tears and took a break from this post. I suppose every little part of honesty is important here. But it is seeing these and seeing Lauren today…
is a good feeling. Sure, she still has heart heart check-ups and has to have some monitoring but she is getting to be a kid!
Lauren’s mom, Kirsten, sent out information about this year’s Heart Walk. They created Team Lauren. We joined the teamed and made a donation in support of the American Heart Association.
The day before the walk, Kirsten came by to drop off mine and Brent’s t-shirts. She had this one special made for me :)….
I’m not going to lie, I held back the tears when Kirsten gave me the shirt. I gushed them when she left. The back of the shirt lists some of Cohen’s heart defects. There were multiple reasons for the tears but mostly because I thought it was just the sweetest thing that she did that for me.
I don’t believe this was actually the first Heart Walk I’ve participated in , but it was definitely the first that really truly meant something to me. I have a feeling it is the first of many Heart Walks. I think any walk in support of a cause it a great thing. I’m certain my heart will belong to the Heart Walk 🙂
I created this post a while back but had been waiting on a few pics 🙂
I’ve been swamped this week with the estate sale at hubby’s grandmother’s house. She had surgery today and it went well! We hate that she has been in the hospital for quite a while now. We are hoping and praying she can make a nice recovery and can come home soon
The sale is going good. I’m starting to drag. I felt awful this morning so I had to stay home for a few hours. Three hours of sleep the night before did not cut it. So, last night I had to get at least 6. Brent has been going for a few hours before work each morning to set up. He is dragging also. Through we are dragging, it is worth it! We are lucky to have friends and family helping! Shoppers have also been so kind! We greatly appreciate it. Since Brent’s grandmother and all the people that donated items to the sale wanted their proceeds to go to a fund for Cohen, we posted info at the sale about Cohen’s situation. We’ve heard lots of interesting stories, encouragement and prayers. A lot of people have also made donations with their change of purchase.
I’ll be back to more blogging soon! I hope you all have a great weekend!!