It's CHD Awareness Week again. You can click the link above for more information about the most common birth defect, affecting nearly 2 million families in the United States.
We are among the group of people who were blessed to bring their heart baby home, but not all heart parents can say that. I am forever grateful for our wonderful ultrasound tech who found Anniston's heart defect before birth because not all heart parents are blessed in that manner either. We received such great care, but there is definitely more that can be done in the realm of awareness and research to the benefit of so many families, since congenital heart defects are also the number one cause of birth defect related deaths. Thanks for checking it out.
Also, to add to my last post, things are great! I never even knew to ask for such sweet neighbors, but we HAVE them! The Bible study was awesome, and now I know so many sweet gals on our block! We were invited to two Super Bowl parties on our street but couldn't go because some other neighbors came to our house! Of course they haven't replaced our awesome friends in H-Burg, but this has just been such a perk that I didn't even know to pray for...I mean, I knew we would make friends at the church we eventually chose, but to have such a community around us on our street is wonderful.
Also, I usually sound pretty chipper on here I think, and I just feel like I need to note that I had a few off/sad days last week so you'll know that I do struggle. Sometimes I let unreasonable fears about Anniston's health creep in or I struggle with comparing her to other kids (she's catching up quickly and is pretty much on track cognitively...it's the walking, talking and right hand that are a challenge) and feeling weary along the way when results from therapy aren't immediate. It's silly, really, because she is SO healthy and beautiful and smart and is progressing very well considering...but like I said...I need to be honest. It's kind of strange but makes sense...usually after I write praises on this blog or speak them to people, I get attacked by the enemy with fears/worries/pride for a day or two until I realize that I just need to surrender those thoughts to the Lord. I know the devil doesn't want God to get any credit and that's why I get attacked, but I'm not fighting alone, so he just better watch out. That was last week, and I'm good now. God is telling me to be thankful because holy cow: we are blessed!
Next up: how much I've gotten into Valentine's Day with Anniston this week :).