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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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Remembering The Day Owain Came Home For the First Time

Such a happy little guy! We are so blessed!

May 29, 2008 was one of the best days of my life. After close to 4 weeks in the hospital, after being told over and over that he could go home, only to be kept another day, we brought Owain home.   It was such a surreal feeling. I was starting to feel like...
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Thankful Thursday and Owain’s Surgeversary

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday Y’all! I spent the day with my little Owee. I am Thankful for every day I have with him. Three years ago today Dr Peeler saved his life and every moment of his life is a blessing. I am Thankful I made it through the day without breaking down and crying. I...
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He Almost Died. But He Didn’t.

Three years ago, today was Mother’s Day. The day started with a phone call to UVa to talk to Owain’s nurse to see how things went overnight, after getting off the phone with her I thought that while things were not really getting better, they weren’t getting worse. I spent some time with his...
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Thinking of Baby Owee

Sleeping and Waving, Waving and Sleeping

Today I was thinking about Wee Nut’s first couple of days and weeks after he came home from the hospital after his first open heart surgery. Today is the anniversary of his failed cath procedure at 6 days old. Dr Limm was hoping that he could go in and put a stent in to...
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The Impossible Update

I try to keep things light around here, but I did warn a few weeks ago that you might just come across some whining and complaining this month. I am full of whine this week, unfortunately it is not nearly as fun as being full of wine. This week has been an emotionally and...
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Happy 2nd Birthday Owain!! (part 2) The Day I Became a Heart Mom

How I Became a Heart Mom. CHD Awareness.

At 6:30am, 2 years ago today, I put my 13 hour old baby down to sleep. I had been up with him off and on all night long, trying to nurse him and hanging out with him. We were in a quiet little room. I was enjoying my first night with my Little Owee...
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My First Vlog, Owain is Home from the Hospital


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How Owee is Doing, Update From The Hospital

Really, I am too tired to actually post anything, but respiratory will be here soon for his breathing treatments and I know that there is no chance of Owain or I sleeping through that. I am just aimlessly wandering around the internet waiting for them to come and can’t really find anything to hold...
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Wordless Wednesday, Owee in Hospital Playroom

Back in the Hospital with Owain high fever bacterial and viral infection asthma1


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Back in the Hospital with Owain

Tucked in for the night. I hope he sleeps well and gets better quickly!

Owee is back in the hospital. It doesn’t look as bad as last  month when we were here. After running off to the doctor when he woke up from a nap with a 104.7 fever, he was having a really hard time breathing so we admitted him. One thing we know for sure is...
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Great News from Peds Cardiology! Owee is a Lucky Boy and Mama Just Might Loose it

Yes, I know, he really shouldn't be standing on the table like that! And so does he, but... I had to grab the camera to catch that look of joy :)

Owain is a Great Look’n Kid! Most importantly, his Heart is looking Great! Owain had a peds cardiology appointment a few weeks ago. Do you remember last month when I finally posted an update about is December appointment? Here it is in this post. It took me a while to post and update because...
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Mended Little Hearts National Organization Needs Your Votes!

Mended Little Hearts National Organization Needs Your Votes!

Mended Little Heart National Organization is in the running to receive a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. It is very easy to vote, all you have to do is visit the Pepsi Refresh Project webpage for Mended Little Hearst every day and vote. It is even easier if you have a facebook...
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Thankful Thursday, Home Edition!

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I was strong for my son when I had to be, now we are home, the house is quiet, Owain is sleeping and when I sat down to share this I started to cry. I was so scared when he wasn’t getting better, when he wouldn’t even talk to me, I thought “what if...
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Quick Ride in a Wagon and Trip to Pediatric Playroom

Quick Ride in a Wagon and Trip to Pediatric Playroom

I thought Owain could use a change of scenery, I know I needed it anyways! So we hunted down a portable oxygen tank, grabbed a wagon and headed out to the playroom. As soon as we got set up, respiratory therapy came in for his albuteral treatment. He fell asleep sitting up in the...
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Back to the ER and Now Admitted to the Pediatric Floor

Back to the ER and Now Admitted to the Pediatric Floor

Yesterday Owain was understandably cranky and tired. We spent the day on the couch trying to recover from the long night in the emergency room. He got up several times and slowly walked around or sat quietly on the floor playing trains with his brothers. He was still having a hard time breathing and...
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Spent the Night in the ER with Owee

Spent the Night in the ER with Owee

E Nut was home sick from school yesterday, he started getting a nasty cough Saturday night. Wee Nut got that same cough last night around dinner time, was wheezing, junkie, bluer than his normal and having a very hard time breathing. By the time I got every one else settled into bed and got...
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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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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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Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville CHD Awareness Week

CHD Awareness Week MLH Flier

 
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Thankful Thursday New Year Eve Edition 2009

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

We are all saying it “New Year Eve already? Where did the year go?!?” I am right there with you, this year has gone so fast. So many things have happened here at the Nut House, and while we have had some tough times, the good times are always here to hold us up...
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This is how Wee Nut spend last Christmas – Wordless Wednesday

This is how my heart baby spend his first Christmas peacefully napping in his santa suit after a quick snack


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She Nut and I Wore Pink Today for Angel Baby Cora

We wore Pink for Cora

Baby Cora passed away this past week after only a few beautiful days with her family. She scored high on her Apgars and looked to be perfectly healthy. She spend her lasts moments breastfeeding with her loving mother before passing suddenly and unexpectedly from and undiagnosed Heart Defect. Kristine had a normal and healthy...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Well, for once this week has been dragging on. I feel like the weekend will never come. We still haven’t gotten our tree, first The Sickness hit our house during Thanksgiving weekend and then last weekend we got a snow storm which put the kibosh on driving to the top of the mountain to...
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