Monday, June 28, 2010
Although we are home from the Ronald Mcdonald apartments we are still unable to return to our humble abode. For our home is under renovation to remove the mold from exterior walls, add a furnace, and make our home a safe place for our young baby to grow and learn.
We have had wonderful friends who have stepped in and headed up this project and we will be eternally grateful for their efforts in our behalf. We are also grateful to sister Smith for letting us stay in her basement which is like our own apartment. And yes Jineal we also enjoyed staying with you but felt we were imposing way too much on your wonderful family. Besides sister Smith really needs the extra company. We love you all and a forever indebted to you for your friendship and kind deeds that are done on a regular basis.
Today we came to Salt Lake City, Utah to do a biopsy on Masons heart. It is scheduled for tomorrow morning and is a routine procedure. We hope and pray all will go well. Thank you all for your prayers in our behalf.
Never go to sleep without trying to count your many blessings. I always start with 2 and go from there.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Mason is doing so good. He is growing strong. He is also a happy little boy. We are thankful to have such a blessing in our lives. Thanks to his donor family for giving us these wonderful memories.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
We learned today through Face book that another Mason received a new heart during the Easter weekend and now his body is rejecting his heart. As soon as we found out we were praying for him. We pray that all goes well and that he will heal quickly. We were very fortunate to be blessed with such a quick recovery with our son. We feel so badly for this other family. We can only imagine what stress they are under. We will continue to pray for this little Mason until we hear otherwise in his behalf. We know and understand prayers work and do not hesitate when someone asks in their behalf. We had so many people praying for us. We could spend a year on our knees and never compensate for the prayers in our behalf.
We have some friends putting together a fundraiser in our behalf to help fix our house so that it is healthy for Masons return home. We are so grateful to all those involved. We will do everything in our ability to help repay the debt to all those that are extending their assets and abilities in our behalf. We feel a great debt to those who are so willing to help us. All that we can say is THANK YOU!!! We hope to extend a hand to others in need.
WHEN 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"
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
What's In A Name
Mason, your name was chosen with careful consideration and openness between your mother, father, and your Heavenly Father. We had talked many hours about what we should name you should you be a boy. The only name that sounded right for you was Mason Daniel Bartholomew. At the time of your birth we only new what your name would be, not what it would represent. Now I know why your name is what it is.
Mason means skilled laborer or sculptor of stone. From the time that you were born you were sculpting peoples testimonies. Teaching people to know and understand the foundation for which their faith rests upon. You were able to teach the principles of fasting and prayer to not only you parents but for many people whom your spirit had touched. You have been teaching your parents the importance of relying on your Father in Heaven. Asking for Blessings, and putting all faith in the Lords hands in your behalf. We pray that as you continue your journey in this life, that we as a family and as friends can put the tools in your soul to sculpt yours and the lives of people around from firm foundations of faith to everlasting temples of righteousness.
Daniel was chosen for your middle name, not just for you, but also for your father. This name is to help your father know and understand that you are following him in this life. It is ultimately your choice to follow Gods plan. But it is your fathers obligation to teach you what your heavenly father wants you to know.
Bartholomew is the final part of your name. This name has been handed down many generations, and will continue to be so till the end of time. You as well as I have and obligation to our forefathers to uphold this name in righteousness. To carry it on into the millennium with honor. I pray that you will take this name and cherish it as much as we cherish you.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Today we went to Walmart and bought a loaf of bread and some sandwiches and went to Liberty Park to feed the ducks. We were able to get the ducks to come just a couple of feet from us. Mason was so cute, when the ducks quacked Mason would do his grunt. It was so funny. We even got the seagulls to come and eat bread. The seagulls would try to catch the bread before it hit the ground. Some were pretty good at it. My dogs won't even try to catch anything with their mouth. When Mom was throwing bread Mason reached out and grabbed the slice of bread from her and pulled it apart putting some in his mouth. I wonder if this means he is ready for real food. A sign is a sign.