My mommy celebrated her 3rd "heart-iversary" yesterday.
You can read about it from here perspective here.
We celebrated with our family and Josh and Ali's family.
We had yummy heart shaped pizzas.
The girls were a fan.
They love their grandma very much.
As always, on May 14th, we spend a good part of the day thinking about the person and family that were willing to donate their heart for my mom and also other organs that saved several other people's lives.
We got them a special lantern and each signed it to be able to send to them.
We can't actually have contact with the family, but we can send letters through my mom's case worker at the hospital.
We had 3 of our own lanterns to light off too...
It got extra exciting when one of the lanterns almost lit the neighbors house on fire.
In the end only one of the lanterns actually made a full journey into the sunset.
but it's the thought that counts right?
We came back inside to get a group picture.
My mom has been doing really well.
The last few years have had their ups and down.
My mom gets sick pretty easy so she has spent a bit of the time not feeling very well,
but in her last appointment they told her that everything looks so good that she doesn't need to go back for another checkup for 6 months! That's a pretty big change from the every 6 weeks that we have been doing.
So in memory of all the miracles we have seen in the last 3 years:
Baby #2 due in July
This week Sergio also was granted his permanent resident card
so he can stay in the states as long as he would like.
We have made some pretty wonderful memories in the last year.
We've went on several vacations,
We have celebrated several birthdays,
We try to cherish every moment.
None of it would have been the same without having my mom around.
I'm grateful for her example and her fighting spirit.
I'm grateful for these extra years that we have to spend together.
I'm grateful to our Heavenly Father that has blessed us with so much.
We are looking forward to bundle more years with my mommy there every step of the way.
If you would like to know more about my mom's heart transplant:
Letters to donor family: