Nov 27, 2008

Thanksgiving


Well- it's thanksgiving. Me and the girl are hanging out watching the parade. Yesterday I asked about a "day pass" to go home for Thanksgiving. He said he would have said yes, but two days ago her heart rate sped up a little bit.

She has been doing phenomenally and they hope to have her drug levels at a therapeutic dose so we can go. Mia's vocal chords are still swollen from being intubated for so long that while her oral feeds are improving, will be loving her NG tube for awhile.

Now on to what I really wanted to blog about:

I couldn't be more Thankful for anything this year! What a year/month/moment of blessings. I prayed so often for this one thing- and I was blessed with it. I am so so Thankful for my loving Father in Heaven who answered my prayer. I love this little girl and am so thankful to be her momma. Everyday I hold my hand over her chest and feel her angel heart beat. I think of her donor- and the incredible gift that was given to Mia. I don't know anything about this family except that I love them and I am so grateful to them!

John and I were getting ready to send our thank-you letter to the family and thought I would send along a few comments from this blog. If you would like to post a brief comment to the family- I will compile some and include it with my letter. Mia is so loved and the heart that lives on in Mia has been loved by so many- by all of you.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! And I hope you all have something wonderful to be grateful for this day.

eat some turkey for me ;-)

11 comments:

Stephanie said...

Thanksgiving has never had such an amazing meaning as it does this year. We're always thankful for things, but often until life brings us trials, we take so much for granted. Thank you, donor family, for your incredible selfless gift. The heart that has allowed baby Mia to live, makes the hearts of all who love her beat a little stronger too. May you have a wonderful and blessed thanksgiving....

Miller Family said...

Happy Thanksgiving. What a beautiful picture of you and Mia. Today is definitely a day of thanksgiving for everything our Lord provides. Thoughts are with the donor family today; what an amazing gift they have given.

Kristine said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Wow, you have some awesome things to be thankful for this year. :)

I've been following your blog for a while now and I'm so happy to see that little Mia is well on her way to moving on from this phase of her life.

My husband and I have a little 11 month old girl, Katie. She became very ill with Bacterial Meningitis this past January and we almost lost her a number of times. It was such a scary time for us that I think the trauma will always be with us in some capacity. Anyway...all that to say that I understand where your family has been and think of your little one often.

Perhaps we could exchange blog links?

http://leeleenews.blogspot.com/

Kristine

Amanda-The Family News! said...

This has been such a wonderful year. I am so glad and thankful to have been allowed to follow along in the life of baby Mia and watch her get her new heart....
Amanda- SC

Cindy said...

Giving thanks is such an easy thing to do. Every person in this world can be thankful for something, or many things. The most amazing thing a person or family can do is to find a way to give a selfless gift- and there is no greater gift than a second chance at life. Our Heavenly Father gave us all a second chance at life through his sacrifice of his most precious flesh and blood- Christ. To Mia's donor family- your selfless precious gift is a passionate reminder that we have so very much to be thankful for. We who love the McDonalds thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your gift.

Jennifer said...

Thankful indeed! To the donor family: This whole waiting and praying for a heart period has been so bittersweet because as much I desperately wanted a heart for one precious girl, I knew that meant another family would have to lose a precious baby boy or girl for her to get it. It's amazing and inspiring what you have done. I lost a 13 month old nephew in August. While none of his organs could have been donated because of his genetic issues and the question donation wasn't real for my sister, I know that making any decisions in the time period necessary for a transplant to be successful is not easy. You have inspired me to make that decision now for myself and my own 4 children so if that dreadful day comes in my family I won't have to think twice about the true gift of life that could be given. You have blessed more lives than you will ever know. Thank you!

Stephanie said...

I am thankful I came across your blog when I did. What a different Mia has made in the way I live my life. Thank you for allowing us to follow along this journey with you!

Stephanie M Larsen said...

I wish there was something I could say that would ease the grief and the pain that this family must be feeling especially during the Holidays. I wish I was more eloquent or my heart or teary eyes could speak for me. I suppose there are no words that could describe such a beautiful act that has blessed so many. We pray for their family. My four year old cannot understand the depth of the situation but I think Heavenly Father answers her prayers, just the same and she includes you all in all her prayers each day, she never forgets it's so sweet. May they feel the comfort and love of Heavenly Father, and those lives the Holiday season.

Brenda said...

That is such a sweet picture of you two! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

The Eggett Family said...

What a wonderful Holiday Season to have Mia healing with her new Angel Heart!! I'm sorry you didn't get to go home for Thanksgiving, but I'm sure that this will be a Thanksgiving you will never forget spending your day in the hospital with Mia.

I will e-mail you my comment to the donor family later. I cant concentrate right now because its too noisy around me.

I would love to share my Thanks to them.

Analisa-creator of hairblingzcutethings said...

Wow, where to start! To John and Mimi you have a wonderful little family and I'm so happy you will all be together again soon. My heart has hurt for all the hurting you have endured and I'm thankful the happy moments will now start to surpass the sad ones. To the wonderful donor family...I'm sure this was a heartwrenching (no pun intended) situation you are in but I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful, selfless gift you gave little Mia. Your precious baby will live on in this sweet little girl who because of you has a second chance at life. Words can not express it enough but thank you, thank you, thank you!