Saturday, September 20, 2008

Heart Walk 2008

Today we participated in our annual Heart Walk. Drew and I ended up going by ourselves because Ava had a runny nose this morning. Since we were planning to spend the afternoon at a BBQ for heart families, we decided we didn't want to take any chances with sharing her germs. And since it was just the two of us, I didn't get very many pictures. But my good friend Gina and her family were there and she promises to send me hers!

We did the one mile loop and Drew was able to walk most of it all by himself! It was really amazing. He never would have been able to do that before this last surgery. After the walk, he made two trips to the bounce houses and jumped until he was drenched in sweat! This kid has more energy than he knows what to do with. I know I'm an emotional mush, but watching him jump today just really struck me. Three months ago we were in the hospital and he was fighting a serious infection. We were exhausted and could hardly imagine that this day would come. And here he is, jumping his heart out! I'm just so proud of my son. He is an amazing kid and I am so glad that God blessed us with him.

After the walk, we headed over to the Hearts of Hope Family BBQ at a splash park in West Sacramento. And again I felt my emotions leaking out. It was awesome to see all the kids together, comparing their scars and running around and playing. I don't think I can even adequately describe the feeling. I guess it would be some combination of pride, relief, gratitude, acceptance, understanding and love. It was an awesome day for Hearts!

And, if you wanted to donate and haven't yet, don't worry! There is still time! There is a contest to see who can get the most online donations in the month of September and we'd love to win! And if you can't donate in September, they take donations through the end of the year. Just click on the link on the top of the page and you will be taken to our donation page. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported Team Drew this year!

me and Drew before the walk

Drew walking all by himself

Drew and his heart buddy, Casey, at the finish line

Bouncing after the walk

At the BBQ

Drew and some of the other heart kids

The kids enjoying the park


Allison said...

It was so good to see you today & finally meet Drew, in the flesh! I really feel like I've known him forever. He is even cuter in person!

Grandma said...

What a beautiful blog. I wish I could have been there to share your day and walked with you and Drew. I am so proud of you and of him. I loved the part about the kids all comparing their scars. I miss you all very much.

Love, Mom

Valerie said...

Hey your blog looks about giving HOH a new layout? Thanks for your kindness and willing to reach out to other families. The BBQ was excellent!

DeAnna said...

Cute layout!! Sounds like a great day! Glad to hear that Drew could walk most of the way! Whoo Hoo!

Katie Scott said...

I like you new blog look. Great make over! So glad to hear that Drew did so well yesterday! That is awesome! How did your interview go??

The Portas said...

What a wonderful post to read! The pictures say it all. I'm so happy you were able to experience those "moments" when your realize how far you've come and how amazing your little man is. I love those moments.

Your blog looks wonderful! Have a good Monday, you guys. xoxoxo