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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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Congenital Heart Defects

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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Honey Nut is 18 Months! And We Are Still Sick…

Yesterday Honey Nut was 18 months old. She had her 18 month well visit as well. I can’t believe that she is already 1 1/2 years old. She is running around the house trying to keep up with her brothers, copying everything they do and doing her best learn to talk. She can talk...
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Our Nightly Routine with CHD and Asthma

This is a vlog of what we do every night after we put the big kids and Honey Nut in bed…although since Honey Nut has been sick, she has been working her way into cuddle time. One thing that I forgot to mention about today’s visit is that we checked Owee’s O2 sats, and...
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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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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday Y’all! I am getting nothing done this week…except for planting some apple seeds before the died…but aside from that I seem to be struggling to hold on to time. I have found that it feels better to give up than to fight to get anything done. I am Thankful for my ability...
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Take It On Tuesday

I'm Not Cheap I'm Frugal January 13 2012

If you haven’t noticed yet, I have a new page up in my menu bar called I’m Not Cheap, I’m Frugal. I used to have another blog with that title that was based on freebies, coupons, samples, penny pinching advice, great deals found and shared, simple ways I stretch a small budget for my...
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Happy Birthday Cora

Cora's Story

Today is Cora’s 1st birthday. Cora is an amazing little girl. Cora’s Mama, Kristine Brite, is an amazing mother. Together Cora and Kristine Save Lives. I am sure that you have seen Cora’s button over on the side of my website. Cora’s Story is full of heartbreak and sadness, of strength and weakness, and...
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Mended Little Hearts of Charlottesville End of Summer Picnic

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I was going through my memory card for my camera deleting photos and I came across theses photos of our Mended Little Hearts end of summer picnic from August. I love this park, it has a river that runs through it, a small trail that runs through the woods, a nice playground, a fishing...
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Peds Cardiology Visit on a 2 Year Surgerversary and a Thankful Thursday

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When I woke up this morning, the only thing I had on my mind was Owain’s Peds Cardiology check up. I always get very anxious on his check up days. I always worry that things are not going as well as they seem. Or that there is something happening right in front of me...
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The American Heart Association Rocks!

I saw this video this morning and I though I would share it. I love that it covers all ages! I am so grateful for the American Heart Association and all they do
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Go vote for Saving Little Hearts!!

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

I am here, really. I have not gotten lost in the land of many children and I did find my way back from the Mended Little Hearts Convention in Minnesota with very little trouble. I only managed to miss one flight out of four, and that is not too bad for me! I had...
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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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