5 years ago Today I Became a Heart Mother

The Day I Became a Heart Mother

One day my world came crashing down,
I’ll never be the same.
They told me that my child was sick.
I thought, “am I to blame”?
I don’t think I can handle this.
I am really not that strong.
It seemed my heart was breaking.
I have loved him for so long.

I will not give up on this child.
I will listen to your advice.
I will give my child any chance.
No matter what the price.
I will learn all that I need to help my child thrive.
I’ll even use that feeding tube.
My child must survive!

Will he need a lot of therapy?
Will he gain the needed weight?
Please God, help me do this.
I will accept our fate.

When the monitors beep at night, it serves as my reminder.
How many parents would love that sound.
Tomorrow I will be kinder.
As another Angel earns his wings,
I run to my child’s bed.
I watch him sleep for quite a while.
I bend down and kiss his head.
I cry for the parents whose hearts have been broken.
I look to You wondering why?
Oh Lord, I just can’t know your ways….no matter how I try.

And yet, I trust you hold his life, and guide us through each day.
My mind says savor each moment he’s here,
but my heart begs, “PLEASE let him stay”!

From pacing the surgical waiting room, to sitting by his bed.
From wishing for a good nights sleep, to learning every med.
From wondering, “will he be alright?”, to watching him reach out his hands.
With every smile my heart just melts, despite life’s harsh demands.

For all who see that faded line.
I look to them and smile.
You see my child is loved so much.
I would face ANY trial.
That scar I trace with my finger (It’s the door to his beautiful heart).
God must have known how much I’d love him (Just as He loved him from the start).

A heart mom is always a heart mom.
Now wise beyond her years.
For those who have angels in heaven,
Our hearts share in all of your tears.

Every day I will try and remember,
I was chosen for him (and no other).
I will always embrace that beautiful day…….
When I became a “Heart Mother”.

Our world was rocked this day! 5 years ago I will never forget my husband having the talk no parent should have to have with our family doctor that Timmy might not make it and we should baptism him right then. It was just Josh and I there nothing fancy or spectacular just two parents in a hospital room wanting to make sure their little boy was going to be with Jesus if need be. The Blank Children’s Hospital transport Nurse Liz Cain came into the room and assessed Timmy. She got an i.v. in and some oxygen on him. It was so surreal leaving the hospital with people watching quietly as we left. That day we got up to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, IA and the admitting pediatrician said do you know your child has a heart defect? Um…NOOOO!!!!!!!!! So, as Josh and my family came we learned what his defects were/are and how they could be fixed we just had to wait for his lungs to heal from the R.S.V. I am thrilled to say today he is a healthy, happy, 110% BOY!!!!! I love him so stinking much and I am so glad that God gave him BACK to us!

Wal-Mart Cashier

How many of you go to a certain Wal-Mart because you have your favorite cashier? Or am I the only one? I have two
cashiers that are my FAVORITE and I can be right across the street from a Wal-Mart and drive to the one where I
know the cashiers. How many of you talk to your cashier and have a relationship with them? These two ladies I love seeing!
They know what has been happening in my life and they share with me! I love going to their check out lane. It doesn’t take
much to brighten some one’s day with a “Hi!” How are you? I challenge you to answer more than “great” when inside your
really upset, hurt or just got some bad news. There are those out there that care deeper than the surface.

Trials……what will you do with them?

Last night I was at the Methodist church’s Wednesday night program and I was talking with our Bible Study leader about how everything that I have been through in life God has layed it on my heart to share with other’s how we have over come many trials and made it through. Trials…..what does that word mean to you? To me Trials me going through something in life that is not “normal”. Trials are times in our life that God uses to challenge us, mold us, shape us into their person HE wants us to be. As Ginny Owens puts it “God gives us Trials to make us stronger but it is what we CHOOSE to do with those trials.” There have been many times in life where the path way has been unclear in my life. There are times we don’t understand why we loose someone dear to us, or why our child is sick or why we have to have surgery at the “prime” time in our lives. I hope to be able share with you some of the trials that I have gone through.
From James 1:2-4 NIV “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking ANYTHING!” Wow!!!! And so I leave you with this song. “If You Want Me Too” By: Ginny Owens