Oct 29, 2008

Some days are better than others...


I am continually being strengthened every time I feel like I did, well Monday. Yesterday I received these pictures. I am so grateful to have them. Three weeks ago we had a family photo shoot. There is a foundation of photographers here in Seattle that come to the hospital and take pictures of the "sickies." Mia is the cutest sick baby- and we have some photo's to prove it. This experience has taught me so much about the good in others. Thank you Soulumination! As much as I don't want to do this anymore, I know I must. Mia is my little baby hero and will be a source of strength for me for the rest of my life. She is still here, and is being patient. I can wait for the day her heart comes, as long as she can wait too. For now, I will enjoy these pictures of her in my arms. Oh how I wish I could hug her... I wish I could hug all of the mommies again that had to leave here without their child. We miss you so Lucy, Mathew, and baby Sam.

31 comments:

Riley Family said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Allie said...

Amazing pictures. Pretty amazing little family too.

jayna said...

What a wonderful thing to have done! You guys have the most gorgeous family- one day Mia will treasure these knowing how you supported her and loved her unfailingly through this difficult time.

Suzie said...

I love these pictures! How nice to have one of the whole family. By the way, you look fabulous! We all know where Mia got it...

grannyloric said...

Mimi,my heart hurts for your family,I pray everyday for Mia...Mimi you are a amazing woman. OH my gosh the love you and your family have is so beautiful..The family pictures are beautiful.....God loves you....Lori Bennett (Stacy Hill's MOM)

Allie said...

So I left a comment on this post before reading your last post. Wow. I was beyond blown away by not only your post, but by the overwhelming response by the many people, known and unkown, that love and respect and admire you for the mother that you are, and for the amazing example of endless gospel principles that you exemplify. As much as I wish I could help, nothing I say could possibly mend your broken heart. But I hope by adding my voice to the voices of those that love you, somehow that will help. Reading all those comments that were full of love is an overwhelming testament on the type of mother you are and the woman of overwhelming strength, courage and love that we could all learn from. You're an incredible person. And somehow, someway, you and your family will all come through this.

Brenda said...

Those pictures are beautiful! What a treasure.

The Eggett Family said...

Those pictures are absolutley Precious!!!

Erin said...

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

Sheri said...

You are right - she is the most beautiful sick baby. Love all the pictures!!

Shila said...

Wow what great memories to have! Your hair is fantabulous!

Izabell said...

she is a beautiful baby! you have a beautiful family! Soulumination is wonderful. The pictures are beautiful! I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers daily. we plan be at the seattle CHD group Sunday is there anything you need (soft tissues, snacks chap stick?)
~wyndi

Brittoni said...

Hi mimi
I don't know if you will remember me but this is Brittoni Edwards, or you would know me as Brittoni Olson. I was very close to Jessica Sacayanan in high school and I always remember you with missy. I just wanted to say that I have been reading your blog for quite some time. My heart truely aches for you. When my oldest child, Philip, was born he was born with seviere seizures. We were able to have him home only four days before he was put back into the hospital. I know my trials that I had with him are very minute compared to yours with Mia but I just want you to know the one thing that my mother would say to me through everything. She would always tell me, "just remember, when he gets older he is not going to remember any of this pain. YOU definitely will, but have peace that this will not be a memory for him." That did comfort me when I would come into his room and see the IVs in his head and arms and legs. All the spinal taps and different needles they did put into his head for other testing. All the different times after a very serious seizure and they would have to revive him. I got to a point where I didn't know if I could take anymore or see them put him through anymore pain. He is very healthy 11 year old boy now. You would never even know he had problems. I just know that mia is going to get her new heart any day now and she can begin healing. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. Continue to keep the faith and know that so many of us are praying for you daily. I know you already have tons and tons of support but my blog is brittoniedwards.blogspot.com if you ever need to talk

Steven and Whitney said...

I seem to have a hard time commenting on your post because everything I ever think is already said by others. You are a truely one of the strongest women I know--you always have been. Don't ever feel inadequate or helpless in any way because you are doing and dealing with more than any of us could ever endure. Mia knows that too. Those pictures are absolutely precious. What a treasure! My words could never be enough to make you feel better, but please know that I think about you everyday.

anniewalkfam said...

those pictures are truly amazing. you all look like angels. (love your hair like that by the way). I'm so happy you have these and i loved reading this post. you really are one remarkable lady!

Rebecca said...

I love these. The ones of the kids with Mia are darling...the one on ones. I love them all though. They are beautiful. I'm so glad you did that!

Brittany Osborn said...

Those pics are amazing!

babyjane said...

Hi Meems...I have been watching little Mia's journey through your blog and it gets more amazing everyday. These pictures are so precious! I pray for you and your family and I know that she is fighting for a reason, that heart will be here soon! Thank you for sharing this journey, it is humbling and motivating for me. I love you!

Rachel said...

WOW!!! those pictures are heavenly! What a beautiful family...all the love just pops right out.

Carrie Hellewell said...

Those pictures are so cute! I love how you can really tell how much she is loved. Jensen and Ellie are soo big. I found these pictures of them and Roxie the other day. I'll send them to you. They all look so much smaller.

Deana said...

I want you to know how truly amazing I believe you and John are!!I feel very selfish and consumed in my own life, but find time everyday to read your blog, because it helps me strive to be better-to be a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter, a better sister and a better friend. Mimi, I can not even begin to try to understand what you endure day in and day out, but my heart and prayers are yearning for you to be able to hold her, to kiss her, and to take her home. Hang on, keep fighting!!!

Jennifer said...

Amazing! I love them all! You guys have a truly beautiful family!

molly said...

Did you guys see the world news tonight? There was a guy that had his original heart transplant when he was 8 years old, he recently had his second heart transplant and is in his thirties. He is also a professional golfer and going to be a daddy for the first time!!! Go baby Mia... you are going to be great!!! And ooh by the way, what a beautiful family! Mia knows how much she is loved. Gotta love seeing those smiles:)
Molly, David, Mackenzie, and Tommy

P.S. I promise, when you come home you can ride BAMA!! He won't be coming over for dinner though.

Maria said...

These are soooo sweet. I bet you're so happy to have these and will love them forever! I Love you guys and am always thinking of you!

Katie said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I'm so glad you shared these :) What a precious baby and family for that matter!!! Happy Halloween too~
Hugs and love to you,
Katie

Amy said...

P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S!
Thanks for sharing!
What a light your family has!

*~Sarah~* said...

I too have been following your blog and wonder if you even know who I am, but your little family is always on my mind and I pray for mia's new heart to come everyday and I know it will SOON... I love these pictures. STAY STRONG

jenny said...

I've been following your blog for many months now. I am continually amazed at your love and dedication to Mia. Even though we don't know eachother, I pray for you and for your beautiful baby, that she will receive her heart soon and that you will find continued strength to get you through these difficult days. May God's peace and love surround you.

CANDS said...

i love love love love these pictures!! such a gorgeous family! and im pretty biased to little mia anyways :) i went by tonight and said hello to her. thank you again for coming to find me the other night! you guys continue to be in my prayers!

Graces Point said...

These photos are so cute. Keep hanging in there you guys!

Stephanie M Larsen said...

Hi Mimi. I was wondering if I could repost this post on my blog, before the giveaway. It's so darling. Little Mia sure is a cutie. We pray for her multiple times a day and for you too. In fact last night, Kyanne (she's 4) interrupted her little brother's night time prayer to say, "Remember Baby Mia, Bridgey". It's not polite to interrupt prayers, unless the interrupter is saying something sweet like "remember baby Mia". Were all pulling for you over here. The quilt should be post by tomorrow.