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Journey 2018 Day 335/365 – cousins

Bless Mom… she was the keeper of our memories, scrapbooks and vintage albums filled with old photos and writings. Looking through them the other day I came across this small 2″x 3″ photo of myself with my cousins. The original photo was in rough shape… but I loved it. These are my cousins Daryl, Marilyn and Howard and my sister, Patti and myself (far right). Mom is standing behind Marilyn and Auntie Margaret is standing behind me. Can’t say exactly where this was taken or when, but it was well over 60 years ago.

Thanks to these old albums, I feel an excitement stirring… a new keenness surfacing. Wouldn’t it be great to restore some of these treasures, not so much for prosperity, but more for my kids and their kids.

Funny… I have been hoping to find a new challenge for the new year. Perhaps it just found me!

“God made us cousins because He knew our mothers could not handle us as siblings.”

Journey 2018 Day 314/365 – Baby Scarlett is home

Scarlett, my great-granddaughter, was less than one day old when her family was informed of her congenital heart defect. So many emotions filled that day… disbelief, shock, fear, worry. I am still so impressed with the strength her mom (my granddaughter) and her dad demonstrated during those first few days and weeks. Their outlook, always positive, helped me and other family, so many miles away, come to grips with Scarlett’s diagnosis.

For 66 days Scarlett’s home was the NICU, her mom rarely leaving her side. Thank goodness for Ronald McDonald Houses… they were a godsend during this time.

On October 31st, her mother’s birthday, little Scarlett had corrective open heart surgery. Nine days later she was discharged from the hospital and came home for the very first time.

One day after her arrival home, her Winnipeg family were there to meet her and hold her… our hearts overflowing with love and gratitude.

She is our little warrior baby… our little Supergirl.

“A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.”

Journey 2018 Day 312/365 – leaving on a jet plane

I snapped this photo at Winnipeg International Airport while waiting for family. We are flying to Ontario to meet and welcome home the newest member of our family, Baby Scarlett.

Scarlett was born with a congenital heart defect and spent the first 66 days of her life in the NICU. 10 days ago she underwent successful open heart surgery.

Today she is home for the very first time… and we will soon be there to meet her and hold her.

Feeling blessed!

“You don’t need all the things you think you need – to do all the things you feel called to do. You have all you need, right now, right here – now go make life beautiful!” ~ Tess Guinery

Journey 2018 Day 287/365 – bubble boy

Fall is a time of birthdays. Today we celebrated Zac’s and Julien’s by playing bubble soccer. The kids, big and small, had a ball!

Happy Birthday Julien

Happy Birthday Zac

“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” ~ Lois Wyse