Hillary and Eric had known for weeks that their little baby would need heart surgery soon after birth, not sure that knowledge is super helpful, but I suppose that mentally you are better prepared.
Day 6 after birth he was in the hands of doctors and nurses that have been trained, guided and inspired to do the work they have been called to. It is simply amazing and a miracle that a tiny little heart can be repaired and healed.
This is round two for our whole family as Olivia had the same type of heart issues. That was also comforting and reassuring to us, as Olivia is strong, happy and healthy.
Recently I read an article about how pictures can tell the story, the beginning to the end. I think this is the perfect picture story of one of our favorite early summer activities.
Quilty Hearts for our baby girl…name is still a secret for a few more hours but mommy is at the hospital…so soon we will know!!
Pattern baby Quilty Love called Quilty Hearts by @emily_dennis_
I just found scraps in my stash and added a couple others to blend. Isn’t it darling! I will show you more when baby girl is bundled in this love of hearts.
The rest of the story…
I am not sure I can tie this all together the way I feel like it should be, but here goes. Number one…this was an easy peesy pattern right! That’s one of the reasons I chose it, however, for some reason I could not get it right. I unpicked these squares at least 3 times each. I kept wondering to myself, “what is wrong with you that you can’t get these hearts in the right direction and lined up correctly”. Of course that conversation was happening as I was UNPICKING! Well as it turned out, I think that 2, maybe 3 of the hearts still ended up being turned the wrong direction, whatever, I am over this right!! Did I mention, this pattern choice was not my first. I had a completely different pattern picked out and fabric bought, but I just wasn’t feeling it. That’s how I ended up with the heart quilt also.
Well little Olivia was born and a couple of hours later Donald and Emma found themselves in unfamiliar territory, as she was being life flighted to Cooks Children’s Hospital as they discovered 2 heart issues that were going to require emergency heart surgery.
Can you see the correlation to this quilt and the life issues in front of us? My mind and heart were trying to understand and comprehend that the Lord had everything to do with what I thought was a simple baby quilt. Olivia’s two heart issues and the two heart mishaps on the quilt. Is that a coincidence? First of all, I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe 100% that God is in the details of our lives and His hand and influence is every present.
Olivia’s heart issues were repaired and she is doing great. She has health issues that will be with her her whole life, but they are manageable. She has Turners Syndrome, so as she grows, doctors will always be a part of her life.
We feel blessed everyday for modern medicine, talented doctors and nurses and the knowledge that God knows us and is involved in our lives. So grateful for the knowledge.
Here are some sweet pictures of our miss Olivia…
The greatest part of living in the Pacific Northwest is the vast variety of activities to do…from the Puget Sound to the mountains and every lake in between. Weekends can be filled with day trips and memory making events.
What a perfect day
The sun was out, the wind was low, which makes it a perfect day in the PNW!
What a charming Island to spend a Saturday afternoon on. We came for Orca’s, but none to be found this trip. The Blue Whales did not disappoint however and what about the Bald Eagels flying over head. Literally doesn’t get better than this.
President Nelson’s 4 Challenges in
Women’s Session 2018
1. Participate in a 10-day fast from social media
and any other media which may produce
negative and impure thoughts. Notice and
record changes, experiences and impressions
during this time. “The effect of your 10-day
fast may surprise you.”
2. Read the Book of Mormon between now and
the end of the year and mark each verse
which refers to the Savior. Doing so will invite
blessings of increased inspiration, revelation
and miracles by bringing you closer to the
3. Attend the temple regularly and make it a
habit. Time in the temple will “teach you how
to draw upon His priesthood power with
which you have been endowed in His
4. Participate more fully in Relief Society and
study the current Relief society statement of
purpose. Doing so will help women to better
understand their purpose at this precise time
and their role in the gathering of Israel.
Hillary made this 85 day reading schedule and President Nelson’s Challenge. I washi taped them inside these Books of Mormon and gave them to the sisters I minister to.