A Gifted Heart

11 Sep
School has been back in session for almost a month, and we are getting back in the swing of our usual school-time schedule. Though I strive to raise exceptional little people, there is a part of my life I work ever so hard at making as “normal” as possible; the normal ever day life part.
In September of 2006, I was preparing to welcome my first child, a baby boy. At that time, I had already been informed that he would be born with a special heart. This is where we kept everyone informed of what was going on: http://www.babysites.com/sites/babyhoward/default.asp?page=myjournal&seq=1&cmd=prev&story=255084
I have made the choice that every day I wake up…I have children… plain and simple. I don’t wake up and think, “I have a child with a REALLY big problem.” Sure we have to account for meds and doctor visits and surgeries; though thankfully, the majority of the surgeries are behind us now. But, we get right back to our “normal” life. This brings me to last night. My sweet boy’s teacher emailed that he is getting his work done more slowly than the majority of the class. We are now readying ourselves for a new chapter in the ever-evolving life with a CHD (Congenital Heart Defect). We will be looking into what may be causing him to work at this pace. I just keep telling myself “slow and steady wins the race!”
Thankfully, his “Gifted Heart” has allowed us to be blessed with knowing other amazing families who are walking this same path! As I sat there this morning feeling a little defeated over another hurdle that has been placed in front of my son, I remembered that a heart-dad, who also works in schools, posted about options that are available to our kids. http://blog.wholehearts.org/?p=45#comment-264 Thanks, Trent, for making me remember we are not alone in this and also for giving us some great information as we learn about this next phase in our lives.
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