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I am Not as Strong as I appear. I enjoy weakness from time to time. We are a homeschooling, special needs family of 6. My 4th son has a Congenital Heart defect, and my oldest has ADHD. I am a survivor of Adultery and mental abuse. I learned that you never really know someone until you are strong enough to stand up and walk away. I love and protect my children, with everything I have. My life might seem unbelievable, but I couldn't make this shit up if I tried! Stick around & let's get to know each other.

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CHD Facts and Statistics CHD Awareness Week 2013

CHD Facts and Statistics CHD Awareness Week 2013

How well do you know your CHD Facts? If you are telling your CHD Story, Raising Awareness, or reaching out to the media for CHD Awareness Week, double check your facts. With more Awareness comes more research, and statistics can change from year to year. These are some of the latest Facts & Statistics...
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Celebrating CHD Awareness Day in Honor of Our Heart Heroes

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Over the past week many Heart Families, have shared their stories and facts about Congenital Heart Defects to raise awareness of the Number 1 birth defect. Today is the last day of CHD Awareness week, and ends with CHD Awareness Day. We celebrate the amazing Heart and the power behind it. We celebrate CHD...
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The Day I Became a Heart Mom

CHD Awareness Week Congenital Heart Defects

This post was originally posted last year in May for Owain’s 2nd birthday. It is the story of his birth and the moments following his diagnosis of having a Congenital Heart Defect. I have spent the past week working extra hard to raise awareness of CHDs and how common they are and I think...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Hard to believe it is Thursday already, this week is flying by! I am excited that Mr Wall Nut will be home all weekend and not have to work two jobs! I am so ready for this weekend to get here. I am SO Thankful for all of the help that we got for...
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Wordless Wedneday {Wee Nut Before & After Glenn Procedure 2008}

Owain Before Surgery October 2008


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A Song for Struggling Families

For all the Heart Families Who are Forced to be Strong When it Would be so Much Easier to be Weak This song always brings up memories of when Owain was born. Without fail, I would hear this song every single day, either on the way into to visit him at UVa or on...
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CHD Awareness Week Event & Fundraiser

Today is the first day of CHD Awareness Week. This is the week that we spend even more time raising awareness of congenital heart defects. There are events scheduled all over the country this week. Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville hosted an event today at the University of Virginia. We had a fabulous time!...
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CHD Facts, Mended Little Hearts & CHD Awareness Week

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The Facts * Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting approximately 1 in every 111 babies each year. Up to 1.3 million Americans alive today have congenital heart defects. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart defects in the U.S. than from all forms of...
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I Love My Life!

My house is a mess, I have only cleaned my kitchen once this week. Yesterday I feed my kids lunch on paper towels. These same kids may have gone just a little too long without a bath. The good news is that the sickness has almost completely left The Nut House! Even in the...
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Can EKGs save lives of student athletes?

I saw this on the Today Show this morning. I love that this is shedding some light on the importance of getting young adults participating in sports screened for CHDs! At the same time, I am disappointed at what the American Heart Association was quoted as saying about screening and the necessity for EKGs....
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Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville ♥ CHD Awareness Event & Fundraiser ♥

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Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville invites you to our CHD Awareness Week Event with a Silent Auction Fundraiser and Bake Sale on Monday February 7th to kick off CHD Awareness Week.  We will be in the Dining Conference Rooms 1-3 on the 1st floor of the University of Virginia Medical Center from 9:30am-1:30pm. These...
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Take it On Tuesday, Mended Little Hearts And CHD Awareness Week Proclamation

We are finally are starting to shake this sickness that has taken over The Nut House. The first round of antibiotics are done and in the next few days every one will be off of all meds! Including the new meds that Owee has been on since last weekend. I am starting to feel...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday Y’all! I am fairly certain that I have said the before…but in case you are wondering, it is NOT Friday. My kids are slightly confused because I told them this morning that it was Friday, but we have been corrected by Mr Wall Nut who insists that today is actually not Friday,...
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Random Thoughts, Sick Kids, Mended Little Hearts

Ugh! I can’t believe there is still sickness going around our house! I think we are starting to get better, Owain is definitely much better than he was last night. His fever is way down and he is done throwing himself on the ground crying from discomfort. Tonight Honey Nut was the one who...
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Thankful Thursday ♥

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday Y’all! I hope everyone is having a great week! I have been busy this week talking to many wonderful shop owners from Etsy. If you missed my post earlier this week, Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville is having a CHD Awareness Event and Fundraiser on February 7th. We are collecting donations for...
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Seeking Donations for CHD Awareness Event & Fundraiser {Silent Auction}

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If you look over at the sidebar, you can see that there is information about Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville. I have been a member for about a year and a half and a co-coordinator for close to a year,  9-10 months or something. Time goes by way too fast for me to remember...
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And the Winner for my CHD Awareness Giveaway is…

And the Winner for my CHD Awareness Giveaway is…

Thank you to every one who entered. I am sorry that blogger was giving so many of you a hard time, and as far as I know there are still commenting issues with blogger. There very well may be a big change here at The Nut House blog…but that is for another day. The...
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I Got the Hard Copy for the CHD Awareness Week Certificate of Recognition!!

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week February 7th - 14th 2010 State of Virginia

This came in the mail the other day, it came so quick!  
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Where is Blogger the Frog? He is in the Snow Covered Shenandoah Valley!

Where is Blogger the Frog? He is in the Snow Covered Shenandoah Valley!

A few weeks ago, we had another storm, I finally got around to posting pictures of the kids playing in the snow from that storm just the other day in this post.  It turns out there was a traveler who had spent time in Mexico with my bloggy friend Jenn. After that he went...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday! The week is almost over and I am feeling good, how about you? This week has been a very productive one at The Nut House. I have managed to find a good amount of motivation to get things done around here. So far I am having a very energized week with very...
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Certificate of Recognition from State of VA for CHD Awareness Week!

CHD Awareness Week Proclamation February 7th to 14th 2010

It took awhile, and I requested a proclamation and got a Certificate of Recognition, but I don’t think that really matters at this point. I was getting nowhere for a while, but Grandma Nut remembered she had someone on the inside who might be able to get things moving along. In defense of Governor...
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Mended Little Hearts CHD Awareness Week Gathering

Mended Little Hearts CHD Awareness Week Gathering

Somehow I didn’t manage to get pictures of everyone with their CHD Awareness stickers on…but every one got one when they walked in the door We had many of our MLH members there as well as several nurses and doctors from Peds Cardiology. I met and talked with a few families who were in...
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Happy Valentines Day from The Nut House & CHD Awareness Day 2010

The Nuts get Heart Shaped Valentines Cookies for Breakfast!!

         
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