Monday, August 9, 2010

One Year Ago

As of Saturday, it's been one year since we discovered that our sweet little baby, who was growing strong and healthy inside me, had a broken heart.  During the next three months, our lives were filled with tears, strength, love, frustration, peace, spiritual growth, understanding, prayer, knowledge, compassion, and faith. 

We are now experts at congenital heart defects.

We know all too well the feeling of empty arms and hopeful hours spent wandering the hospital, waiting to be reunited with our baby after procedures, surgeries, and tests.

We have shared this bond with two other families going through similar circumstances; a friendship built on so much love and understanding.

We have enthusiastically welcomed every milestone Kimble has conquered.

We fell in love with his cleft lip.  We fell in love with his new lip.

We have delighted in his happy countenance and sweet spirit.

We have LOVED him with all our hearts.

It's been the most difficult year we've experienced.  It's been the best year we've experienced.

For those of you who have been on this journey with us, we thank you for your love and prayers and sympathy and comfort.  Kimble is doing so great.  We couldn't be happier.

11 comments:

runningfan said...

I'm glad you consider the last year among your best! What a great perspective!

Carol said...

Kimble looks amazing and YOU sound amazing. All you have gone through and you still consider it a great year! Enjoy the journey and look at how far you have come and hold onto that when the times get rough!

Carol said...

It has been a remarkable journey so far! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

purejoy said...

thanks for bringing me on this journey. you are an inspiration of how to handle uncertainty and stress. kudos to you! (and kimble)

Adri said...

What a remarkable anniversary! I'm sure you'll always hold this day in your heart, because it was a day that changed your life forever. We are so, so glad Mr. Kimble is such a healthy, happy boy! What a miracle!

Alissa Maxwell said...

Thank you for sharing your journey Shaina! Since my little one is the same age as Kimble, I have been hooked ever since reading those first posts about his heart. What an amazing and blessed journey you have been on.

Colleen said...

I love being here, a year later, with beautiful Kimble's smile lighting up this post!

Julie said...

I'm glad we've been able to share the last 9 months of the journey with you! We love little Kimble and glad you all are part of our lives.

Enjoying Life One day @ a Time! said...

Thank you for your story Shaina. Your story has made me love being a mom more then I already did. It has also made me thankful for ever little minute I have with my five kids. You are such a strong family. I love seeing baby Kimble get better and better with time.

Queen of Chaos said...

This is beautiful, Shaina. It's been a long year for you guys and I am happy that you and Heath were able to stay close to the Lord and have faith. You're an inspiration to us all. :)

HUGS to Mr. Kimble!

I'm Always Rite said...

Shaina, you are AMAZING! Kimble couldn't ask for a cooler, tougher, more rockin' mom than you! So glad the year has turned out so well! ;D