Lucy, light-filled mama to sweet Babs (valve repair/replacement)
Jean-Marie, bubbly mama to handsome little dude Liam (Tetralogy of Fallot)
Sara, advocate mama to hero Townes (HLHS) (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/townsendhale)
Oh I think you all know how I feel about Sara. She, and her entire family, have literally been our lifeline again and again throughout this whole process. She and I met through the California Heart Connection when I was 7 months pregnant with Bodie and a lifelong friendship was born. The Hale Family lives in El Segundo (less than 10 minutes away from us), Townes and Bodie have had all of their surgeries done by Dr. Starnes at CHLA and our little guys had their last surgeries on the same day (we actually carpooled up a few days when they were in the cticu together). We LOVE Sara. Enough said.
And thank God for the internet, for Facebook and the blogging community. Because of it, I've been able to meet so many other HLHS families and bond with heart moms whose kids are also on this same crazy and uncertain journey that our sweet Bodie is on. It seems crazy to say I love these women I've never actually met in person, but I do. I feel like I know them - we've rejoiced in our kids triumphs together and cried over their struggles together. I am forever indebted to these women:
Jenny, sweet mama to miracle Aly Jean (HLHS) (http://jennyandjeremylincoln.blogspot.com/)
Jessica, strong mama to miracle boy Paxton (HLHS)
Kathy, unbelievable CHD avocate mama to chubster Jake (HLHS) (http://jacobsspecialheart.blogspot.com/)
Nicole, inspiring mama to the amazing Travis (HLHS) (http://dicarlofamilyupdates.blogspot.com/)
Stacey, amazing-writer mama to beautiful princess Zoe (http://thelihns.blogspot.com/)
A special tribute to 2 heart mamas who I met recently whose journeys with their special heart babies had barely begun before God called their special boys home. Please say a special prayer for these beautiful heart mamas missing their angels tonight...
And finally, a special tribute to a sweet fighter who lost his battle with HLHS earlier this summer...
Miranda, warrior mama to incredible fighter Wyatt
I always felt a special bond with Miranda and Wyatt, I think because I followed Wyatt's journey from when Miranda and I were both pregnant together and our boys were only born a week apart. I am still at a loss over sweet Wyatt's passing and have to honestly tell you that I cried when I pulled his pictures up to find a picture of he and Miranda together.
Fly high sweet angels. Comfort your amazing mommies tonight.