Sunday, March 29, 2009

If Only...



This is my niece Grace. She just turned one. She is our family's miracle baby. Grace was born with HLHS. She received a new heart on August 18, 2008. There are so many heart babies born every year and there are not enough hearts that are donated to save these babies. It is such a blessing when a family going through the crisis of losing their child/loved one is able to think about their ability to bless the lives of another family through organ donation. It is truly a selfless act of giving.

Grace loves other kids and for so long she hasn't been able to be around her cousins. Due to her immunosuppressant medications on top of her weakened immune system, she has been on "house arrest" for a lot of her life. But she's doing so well and I love that my kids finally get to see her and hug her and kiss her and love her.

When I look at this photo, I am reminded of my daughter's simple, daily prayers--Please bless Grace to get better. Please bless Grace's heart. Please bless Aunt Buggy and Uncle Topher to be happy.

If Only... life were always this simple.

5 comments:

Mindy said...

What a blessing! I love your sweet picture and story.

Candace said...

Beautiful little girl and story. We'll be praying for her now, too.

Thanks for sharing!

AprilF said...

Thank you for sharing this story. What a sweet girl. Prayers for her!

Teri said...

Your little niece is so cute, hope she has a long and healthy life.

Erin Wageman said...

aww... Children are so special! Good luck with everything! I hope all goes well!