Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Favorite Time of the Year

I love Christmas time and it's FINALLY here!! One of my favorite things about Christmas is seeing this guy.

Jeff is Joe's older brother who lives in a special needs home in California. Seeing Jeff is kind of like watching General Conference. He only comes twice a year, and he leaves us all wishing WE would be better to be able to live with HIM again. He is so kind, humble, meek, and submissive. He adores little kids and he has nothing but love to share. When I'm around him I just smile all the time, he just makes me happy. Happy Birthday Jeff, we love you!!

His favorite things in life are his mom, socks, movies, and Applebee's! Hurry back Jeff!!!!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Truely a MIRACLE

Congratulations kiddo! The Lord loves you and has blessed you and your family tremendously!!
Get better soon so we can see your precious smile again!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Miss Madison

Everyone knows we set up this blog to share our travel stories because we always get hounded by people who want to see pictures and hear all about our adventures. But tonight, I wanted to be more personal.

My heart has been full of emotions this past week, both good and bad. I don't usually care about Thanksgiving. To me it's just a fun precursor to Christmas but this year was different. I had some amazing experiences this weekend, ones that I have not felt in a long time. I was reminded of everything I'm thankful for, and more.

This weekend was more of a spiritual awakening. I was reminded of the power of the Priesthood and how much I love to see honorable leaders gather together, and to experience the Power of God that they radiate. I love that. As Joe's dad was being set apart to be in the bishopric, I looked at the people around me and how amazing they are. I am blessed to be around people who inspire me all the time. In my home, my family, my friends, and my work. I love my job. I love the people that I work with, I love what I do. I experience joy and pain with these families, and I watch miracles happen everyday. Often times parents think they couldn't have done it without us nurses (it's only half true). What they don't know is how much I learn and am inspired by them. There are always success stories, but often, there are not.

One family had just had their 3rd baby boy. He was term and all seemed well until he was sent to us and we noticed there were several problems with this little boy. He was in our unit for 2 months and I was blessed to get to know them and take care of their little boy everyday. I grew to love this family and as they found out more of the problems this little boy had, I hurt with them. Finally, on Mother's Day they were allowed to take their little boy home, but only because there was nothing else we could do. I cried for probably 3 weeks straight, knowing the next time I would see him would be at his funeral. He lived for 15 months.

That is just one of the families I will never forget. There are many others whom I have loved and learned from. But right now, my heart is hurting for the Hiles family. They were in our unit for 2 months as well. I took care of these twins during their stay in our unit.

I love this family. Michelle and I are so alike. Mark is just cool and laid back (like my Joe) and these twins are the cutest!! I have kept tabs on them over the year and was in total shock when Michelle called to tell me little Madison needs a heart transplant. If you would like to follow their story, you can visit their site here. I was in shock, but hopeful because Madison was doing so well. Well, tonight at 1 a.m. I received a text from Michelle that Madison is in the PICU and the only thing I can think of is.....the roller coaster has begun. It was much sooner than I thought it would be. All my love to the Hiles family, you can do this. And you know you can call me ANYTIME, like you already do :)

Little Miss Madison, your journey will be long and not so fun. You have always been the sensitive one :) Your parents love you and Cooper too. You're in my prayers.
Your nurse from the NICU