Thursday, December 8, 2011

An Anniversary and a Birthday Party!

One year ago today, Scott & I began our morning praying Psalm 91 over Evan. We gave our "see you soon" kisses and headed to the waiting room. Evan was wheeled back at just 8 days old to have his first open-heart surgeries. It was such a long day. It was six hours before Dr. Chai, the surgeon, was completely finished and came to tell us the good news - the surgery went very well! This is one of the last pictures we have of Evan before his chest was scarred forever. When we were finally able to go back to Evan's room, he looked better than I had expected. & that day, I witnessed a miracle. The DR had not closed Evan's chest yet, just pieced the skin together over top of his heart. I could see his tiny little heart beating under his skin.. It was so amazing to physically see Evan was fighting to live, fighting to fulfill God's plan for his life, fighting to be here with his Momma..

This past Sunday we celebrated Evan's First Birthday by throwing a Yo Gabba Gabba Bash! He had such a great time, we really appreciate everyone being there! Evan's favorite part, of course, was his cupcake! He was a little apprehensive at first, but once he tasted that icing, it was game on! He was covered from the tips of his fingers to his elbows in cake and icing. He did not want to miss a single crumb! He was literally sucking it off of his fingers, lol. It was definitely a sight to see! We are so blessed and thankful that we were able to celebrate at home, healthy and happy! It has been a wonderful first year and we are definitely looking forward to more to come! Here are some pictures of the Gabba-filled party:

Goody bags
Yo Gabba Gabba - Evan starring as Muno, Big sister
Elli as Toodee, Momma as Foofa, & Dad as Plex
Oooo Balloon!
The most amazing cake ever! Thank you Icing Smiles!


Evan and his cousin Cc, he can't wait for his turn!

A year of Evan :)

& Last but not least, Evan has made the local paper! The article will run tomorrow, but was released online today. You can read the article here. I am so excited for our first Polk County Moms of Heart Warriors meeting on Monday! Looking forward to meeting fellow heart moms in my area and expanding the group!

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Local Support Group for Heart Moms

Evan made the news! You can check out Evan's story here. I recently started a new local support group, Polk County Moms of Heart Warriors, to offer support, encouragement, and resources to local Heart Moms. With our first meeting coming up, I wanted to ensure all of my fellow Heart Moms were aware of this new group and had some time to plan ahead to attend the meeting. What better way to reach the community than thru the news?! I am blessed to have a great friend in the media biz who was able to help get our story out there; it's refreshing to know people are still willing to help out a good cause. Ironically, Bay News 9 came to interview us on Evan's first birthday :) He was so sleepy, but did a great job smiling for the camera (really you shouldn't expect anything but smiles from the kid..) lol 

For anyone planning on attending the meeting, here is some information on the location and what to expect.. 

The first meeting will be held Monday, December 12 at 6pm at the Community Building next to the Providence Fire Station. The building is directly to the right of the station. The Providence Fire Station address is 8936 Hwy 98 N., Lakeland, FL. Refreshments will be provided and the first meeting will serve as a "meet and great".  

To join Polk County Moms of Heart Warriors on Facebook, please click here. If you have any questions or to request additional information, feel free to email me either thru my blog or at

I look forward to meeting you all! <3