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Monday, May 16, 2016

Divine Appointment

I have said it before, but I must say it again...I no longer believe in coincidences. Over the course of this amazing journey with Davis, I have learned that God loves his children so much that he leaves no matter, no detail untouched or unplanned. Think about that for a second and let it sink in. Our Heavenly Father who created us in his image loves us to the point that he wouldn't leave our lives to chance. Every detail has been meticulously planned. And He does this to bring good, even when it doesn't feel good, even when it's hard (really hard, excruciatingly hard), and even when the situation you find yourself in seems impossible and without solutions.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
all the days ordained for me were written
in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:16

And we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him, who
have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

People often ask "Why does God allow bad things to happen?" Whether it be a natural disaster, the loss of a loved one taken too soon, or the diagnosis of an incurable illness, we humans question the goodness of God. I have to admit, when all of this began with Davis, I too questioned God. I was hurt. I was angry. We were good people. We went to church and were involved. We were doing our best to bring Hudson up in a loving, Christian home. Why would God allow this to happen to us? One day sitting in Davis' hospital room on the CVICU, I was reading in the book of John, chapter 9.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 
His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, 
that he was born blind?" 
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened
so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
John 9:1-3

I burst into tears. God was speaking to me through His word. On that day, I had peace. I had peace knowing that no matter what happened, if Davis lived or if he didn't, God would be with us. And through this terrible thing that was happening to Davis, good would come forth and prevail. People would grow in their faith, including us. People who hadn't gone to the Lord in prayer for many years would be down on their knees in tears praying for Davis. People we don't even know have been touched by what God has done in our lives through Davis. And I believe that many that didn't know Jesus as their Savior, asked Him into their hearts after hearing our story. But it's not our story, it's God's story, and He is truly the best story teller. I'm still not sure why he chose us and the Perrys to tell His story, but I believe He knew in advance that we would bring glory and honor to His great name in the midst of a storm.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways, " declares the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8

The day of Davis' transplant, I received a message on Facebook from a former coworker of mine, Morgan Smith, that basically said "I think Davis might have received my friend's baby's heart." We only worked together for a couple of years. She taught 4th grade and I taught third. I hadn't seen her in many years other than a couple of passings at the lake. We have been friends on Facebook for many years, and I enjoy seeing the pictures of her sweet little family. I tell you this to drive home a point. There are no coincidences! There is not one person placed in your life at random. God put this sweet friend in my life, because He knew she would be our connection to the Perry family, the family that donated their son's heart to Davis and saved his life.

Morgan asked me if we had any information about the donor. I told her everything I knew, but it wasn't much. We knew our donor had the same blood type, was in our region, but far enough away that the surgeon had to fly to get the heart, and that something had happened at the hospital the donor was at that delayed the surgery. I wouldn't find out till later that Morgan and her family were actually searching flights departing from Birmingham, Alabama and landing at Monroe, Louisiana. And they found one.

Without telling me this, Morgan began to tell me a little bit about the Perry family. She didn't tell me a whole lot of specifics, but said she felt very sure that Davis received their son's, named John Clarke, heart. At first, I thought there was no way, but the more information we learned about the Perry family and the details of John Clarke's passing, the more I began to think the Perrys were our donor family. Of course, I stalked Holley and Jonathan on Facebook. I was relieved to find out later that they had actually done the same thing. (See, I'm not the only crazy one!) I remember the first time I looked at Holley's page, and I saw where the night of John Clarke's passing, they had a prayer vigil at their house praying for the babies that would receive John Clarke's organs. I knew then, that even if they weren't our donor family, they were Godly people, and I hoped that they were truly our donor family.

Through Morgan, Holley and I became Facebook friends and began messaging each other. Soon after we exchanged cell phone numbers and communicated by text.We both felt 99.9 % sure that Davis received John Clarke's heart. We did this for a few months, then Holley messaged me to let me know that they received confirmation that Davis did in fact receive John Clarke's heart. I remember sitting in my car and crying tears of thanksgiving. I recall being in total awe of my amazing God, amazed at how he planned and carried out His wonderful plan. I mean, what are the chances of this actually happening, the chance that two families would be connected by a mutual friend and through Facebook! Only God could write such a story! (Ya'll didn't know God was on Facebook, did you?)

In the meantime, I was asked to speak at the Donate Life event at our local hospital, East Alabama Medical Center. I'll be honest and tell you I didn't really want to do it. I'm a third grade teacher, not a public speaker, but many people had told me that I needed to share my story, speak or even write a book maybe. I just laughed it off, but I've also had enough experiences where God has used the people in my life to deliver His message, so I began to wonder if God was trying to tell me something. That morning, I got in what I call my prayer chair. It's where I do my daily devotional, praying, and where I spend some quiet time with my Lord. I prayed and told the Lord that if I was supposed to speak or write a book that he would make it clear and make a way for it to happen. the next day, I was asked to speak at the Donate Life event. I heard you loud and clear, God!

Needless to say, I was extremely nervous. I began praying that the Lord would use me to deliver His message on that day. A few weeks passed, and I was contacted by the coordinator of the event, Lisa Harmon, to come to a planning meeting at the hospital. Me, being the planner that I am, wanted to know every detail. I also wanted as much information as possible, thinking it would help my nerves. While there, Lisa asked if I knew who our donor family was, and I began to tell her and others this amazing story. When I was finished, she asked if I thought the Perry family would be willing to come and speak as well. I told her I didn't know, but I would text Holley to see. And honestly, I didn't want to. I wasn't sure how Holley would react. Was it too soon? I think both families knew that someday we would like to meet, but didn't know how to go about having that conversation or when. We certainly didn't think or expect it to be so soon. So, after drafting many texts and deleting them, only to do it again, I finally sent Holley the text asking if they would be willing to travel to meet us. And I held my breath and wished that I could unsend a text message. To my surprise Holley responded and said that she too had been thinking about meeting us. She had been praying about it, but also didn't know how to go about suggesting it either. Talk about a sigh of relief!

You know that song by Carrie Underwood "Jesus, Take the Wheel"? Well, I believe that the Lord was in control the entire time, but this is the part of the story where He really shows out! EAMC took care of every expense for the Perrys, the airfare and their hotel room. Lisa, the director of the event, said she had never seen anything like it. I remember her calling me and telling me she just couldn't believe how easy it was. I replied, "That's what happens when God plans an event!". We truly all believe that this was a divine appointment set up by the one and only, God himself!

After talking with Holley, we all agreed it would be better to meet the day before the event. Both families would be nervous and emotional anyway, but thought that it would be better to get the "first time to meet you" nerves out of the way.We decided to meet at the chapel in the hospital then go to dinner at a local favorite, Mafia's. When the day finally came, I was a mess! As Jonathan described it, it was like going out on a first date. Would they like us? Would I say the wrong thing?Would they ask us out on a second date? I was a basket case, but was immediately put at ease after meeting Holley and Jonathan. There was hugging, teary eyes, questions, and surprisingly, laughter. We have many things in common; we're about the same age and have children about the same age. Tucker and Jonathan shared a love of football, each rooting for a different team. The Perrys are avid LSU fans, while we root for Auburn.

 Davis went to Holley right away.
 It's almost like he knew how special she is. 

 Two families connected by one heart.

 I so admire Jonathan's faith and strength.
This is one of my favorite pictures.

 This is not a glare from the camera. There was a ring 
around the sun this day. I know some scientist somewhere
can probably explain this, but it wouldn't matter anyway, I wouldn't believe it.
God was giving us a sign!



And all the while this was going on, I felt a peace, and I hope they felt it too. Tucker and I truly feel like God has answered yet another prayer for us. We have prayed for Holley and Jonathan before we ever knew who they were, before their precious John Clarke would leave to be with Jesus in heaven. We prayed that God would give them peace and comfort that only He can give. And He has. I don't know how Holley and Jonathan were able to meet us. I don't know how Jonathan was able to speak at the Donate Life event so soon after losing his only son. The son he prayed for. The only explanation was God. God gave Holley and Jonathan strength.

I'd be lying if I said I no longer question or get angry with God sometimes. Many mornings I have cried, not understanding why our answer was yes and the Perry's answer was no. I can't fathom that here on this earth. But I don't linger in that place long. I have trust in my Lord. I lean on Him for understanding. Many days I cry, because my heart breaks for Holley. That woman is strong and her faith is even stronger! She fought for my son to receive John Clarke's heart despite being told several times that six month old babies didn't need hearts. She didn't take no for an answer. She persisted while grieving the loss of her child. Do you understand that?! In her darkest hour, in the midst of the storm, in the midst of great despair, she unselfishly thought of us, of my baby. I'll never be able to express my gratitude, but I hope that Holley feels it every single day.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not 
on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

The life that Davis has been given is not one we take for granted. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of the Perrys and John Clarke. There is not a day that goes by that I don't cry tears of thanksgiving for the second chance of life that Davis has been given. This is not the platform either family would have chosen, but it's the platform God gave us. We hope to bring awareness to organ donation while also bringing others to know Jesus. Our faith is the only thing that got us through this. We live life now with an eternal focus. I'm not sure who originally said this, but this quote has stuck with me "Earth is the only Hell a christian will ever know and the only Heaven a non-believer will ever know." How true that is! We don't know how many days God will give us with Davis nor how many days we each have left on this earth. God doesn't promise us tomorrow. But we have today. To accept Jesus into your heart all you have to do is repent of your sins, believe that Jesus is God's son who died on the cross for your sins, and ask him to come into your heart.

Pray this prayer.
    “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”

    Prayer borrowed from
    http://www.allaboutgod.com/sinners-prayer.htm
     


If you prayed that prayer, you just made the most important and best decision of your life! Congratulations! I encourage you to tell someone and be baptized. Thank all you for reading this little blog of mine. Thank you for caring and most of all thank you for praying. A special thanks goes out to Lisa Harmon and everyone at EAMC for making this event possible.  Please continue to pray for us, Davis, and the Perry family. Our story is far from over, this is just one chapter. God's still writing.

Amanda


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

9 Months {Davis}

Every month, my goal is to catch up on my blogging, but as you can see, it never happens. Being a full time mommy takes up every minute, and any free time is devoted to laundry and housework. It never ends, and at times, it's extremely overwhelming, but it's the absolute best, most fulfilling work I'll ever do. I'm a month behind on Davis' monthly blogs. Sweet boy just turned 10 months, and I'm just now writing about 9 months. And to be honest, I completely forgot to take his 9 month picture! Gasp! Major mom fail!

Our makeshift 9 month picture!

This was a huge month for Davis! He is now sitting independently and rolling over consistently. He can roll from back to stomach and from stomach to back. He also has two bottom teeth and one top tooth trying it's best to break the skin. He had his first physical therapy session, and his therapist said he looked great and to keep doing what we have been doing. He's reached most of his goals except going from a laying position to a sitting position on his own.

Davis is doing well at his weekly speech appointments. He will consistently take one ounce of baby food twice a day. I usually try to give him a fruit in the morning and a veggie in the afternoon. Most of the time, we have to trick him into taking it, making funny faces/noises until he opens his mouth, and then we shove the food in his mouth. Not the best method, but it's effective. He has opened his mouth a few times during feedings. His favorites right now are bananas and avocados.



Unfortunately, Davis failed a swallow study this month. As disappointed as we were, we did learn what he's doing and how we can move forward. Instead of a typical suck, swallow, breathe pattern that "normal" babies do, Davis is taking little paci sucks until his mouth fills up, then he swallows. His speech therapist at Children's said this is how you or I would drink from a cup. There isn't any way to teach him how to drink from a bottle correctly. Babies lose the sucking reflex at about 4 months of age. After that it becomes a learned activity, but if you haven't practiced it, you lose it. Davis wasn't able to drink from a bottle for so long due to surgeries and not having enough blood flow to the gut to tolerate feeds. Then at his first swallow study he failed, and we learned he's a silent aspirator. At that point, it wasn't safe to give him a bottle. The next step will be to transition him to a straw cup.

Davis is all caught up on his vaccines, except for the live virus vaccines and polio. Dr. Johnson at the Pediatric Clinic has been amazing through all of this! He has followed Davis and stayed involved in his care this entire time. He works closely with our transplant team to ensure that Davis receives the best care possible. At our last appointment with him, Davis weighed 18 pounds 2 ounces and was 28.2 inches long. He's growing and gaining weight, but he still has a long way to go. He's only in the 18th percentile, and we would like to see him bulk up a little bit.

The most exciting thing to happen this month was that we had the wonderful opportunity to meet the family that donated their son's heart to Davis. It was an incredible experience! Our stories could only have been written by God himself, and HE planned our divine appointment. I plan on devoting a separate post for that special meeting.

Davis also went to the zoo for the first time. I know he won't remember it, but it was a special day for Hudson and me. Aunt Kate met us there. She's great at helping wrangle kiddos, and it was nice to spend some time with her too. We spent a couple hours there, then Davis got to meet his great grandfather, Bob, for the first time. It was a wonderful day spent making the very best of memories.

 Waiting to ride the train at the Montgomery Zoo.



Davis with his great grandfather, Bob.

I adore these boys. 

Davis loves to play with his toys, watch Mickey Mouse, and have books read to him. He thinks his big brother, Hudson, is the best there is! Davis loves to watch his every move, and everything Hudson does cracks him up! I love to hear that sweet giggle of his, and I love seeing the special bond between brothers. Those two boys stole their mama's heart a long time ago. 

Forever grateful,
Amanda







Friday, April 1, 2016

8 Months {Davis}

So much has happened this last month! Davis has progressed leaps and bounds since we have been home, and we couldn't be more proud of him. For starters, Davis now has two bottom teeth! He's been teething for months, so it was exciting to see his teeth finally pop through. He is sitting up all by himself without any support, and he is getting better with tummy time. Our goal is ten minutes a day. Sometimes he makes it, but most of the time he fusses. We are working on ways to help him reach that goal, even if that means doing tummy time several times a day till he gets to 10 minutes.

Davis has progressed the most with his feeds! When he came home, he was completely tube dependent. Now there are days when we may only have to do 1-2 tube feeds, and that's really only to supplement what he doesn't take during bottle feeds. He gets 145 mLs a feeding, mixed with 75 ccs of rice cereal to thicken it up. That's pretty thick, and he has to work really hard to get anything out of the bottle, even with a level 4 nipple. We are hoping now that he's taking a bottle consistently, that we can get him another swallow study to see if he can safely swallow a thinner consistency. I think that will help him tremendously. He's also doing well with solid food. When we first came home, he was very aversive to the spoon, but now he has no issues with it being in his mouth at all. He will take about a tablespoon per offering. We are working on increasing the amount of solid food he takes per day.

This month, Davis went to see a kidney specialist to make sure his kidney function was what it needed to be. We know that due to everything that Davis has been through (heart failure, Berlin heart, bypass, ecmo), that his kidneys did have some injury. Thankfully, we received good news about his kidneys! The doctor said that if he were to compare Davis' kidney function with that of a "normal" baby, he wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Due to the medications he's on and everything that's happened to him, he is at risk of having kidney problems down the road, so they will continue to keep an eye on his kidney function, but as of right now, hes doing wonderful.

We have everything set up with Early Intervention, and Davis will begin seeing a physical therapist once a month. After his initial evaluation, we were told that Davis was at about the 5-6 month range as far as physical development goes, and he's right on track for everything else. What a miracle! Davis will also see his speech therapist once a month to help him continue to reach his feeding goals. We are so thankful for all the support and help we have in the Auburn/Opelika area. This truly is a great place to live and raise a family!

 Wild hair, don't care!
We joke he has the most hair of all the Boswell boys!

So thankful for this boy and his sweet smile!

Tucker and I can't take credit for all the progress Davis has made. We pray everyday that God will give us the wisdom we need to help Davis achieve his goals and reach these important milestones. And HE does! I'm in awe of HIS wonderful works.

Amanda

Friday, March 18, 2016

Discharge Day

Davis was discharged from the hospital on January 8th, but before we went "home" to the apartment, the CVICU and CCU staff threw Davis a going home party. He also participated in the bell ringing ceremony for heart transplant patients. Patients ring the bell, and then their finger print, name, and date of transplant are written on the side. It was so very special and a full circle moment for so many who had been on this journey with us. One of the doctors commented that they had never had that big of a crowd and had never had so many nurses come in to celebrate on their off day. It just showed how much Davis was loved! Once again, we can't say enough wonderful things about the nurses and doctors that took care of Davis. You could see it in their eyes and by the expressions on their faces how much they loved Davis and were thrilled to see him be discharged. Many of them saw Davis fight and come back from what seemed like impossible circumstances, and yet, there he was preparing to go home. It was a truly amazing moment!



 Ringing the bell!

Such a tiny finger print compared to all the others.

 They presented Davis with Dr. Suess' "Oh, The Places You Will Go". 
All of the nurses and doctors wrote the sweetest well wishes!
We will treasure that book for a lifetime, because we know God has big plans for Davis!

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11



These people will never know the impact they have made, not just on us, 
but to the many children and families they have served. God is using
them to administer His healing touch and perform miracles!
We are immensely grateful, and we love every single person in that room!




This was our first family picture taken outside the hospital.
We were nervous and scared, but we put our trust in the Lord. 
He guided us through this journey and never left our sides.

"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Be strong and courageous."
Joshua 1:5

We've come so far since that first night "home". While there are still hard days and uncertainties, Tucker and I feel confident in ourselves to take care of Davis. After all, God did hand pick us to be his parents. The gratitude we feel in our hearts is indescribable. I'm brought to tears several times a day just thinking about where we have been, what God has brought us through, and the opportunity to cherish every single day with our boys. 

Amanda

Thursday, February 25, 2016

7 Months {Davis}

We are thrilled to be HOME! I mean over the moon with bells on thrilled! Davis is doing amazing, and we are enjoying catching up on some much needed family time. We are all adjusting to our new "normal". Everyday is a learning experience, especially with Davis' special needs and managing two kids at the same time. Being a parent is exhausting! Thankfully, I don't have to return to work this school year. My sweet friends and I'm sure people all over the state I don't even know donated enough days to get me through till the end of the year. What a blessing!

Staying home with Davis enables me to really focus on him and his needs. Our main focus is physical therapy and eating. I work everyday with Davis on sitting up, rolling over, and doing tummy time. Tucker and I are working diligently to formulate a plan to help Davis learn to drink form a bottle again so that he doesn't become completely dependent on the feeding tube. At clinic this past Monday, our nutritionist suggested we feed him less during the day so that maybe he will become hungry in between feedings. Davis will take a bottle, he is just so inconsistent. During some feedings he will suck the bottle dry, and sometimes, he won't latch at all. We can't seem to pin point what exactly the problem is, but we aren't giving up! We have also been working with Davis on eating solids. It's a slow process, but like I said, we are not giving up. He has tried several different foods-sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas, avocados. His favorite seems to be the bananas. At least, that's the food we have had the most success with. We have also tried giving him some finger foods. He has been doing really well with puffs.

Davis is doing great sitting up! He can sit unaided for several minutes without falling over. He has also rolled over once by himself, and just yesterday, he rolled from his belly to his back twice by himself! We are so proud of how hard he is working! He weighs 17.47 pounds and is about 27 inches long. He wears a size 3 diaper and size 9 month clothes. He can still wear 6 month onesies, but because of his length, he can't wear 6 month pants or footie pajamas. He's a growing boy! Another blessing!




Tucker and I are loving seeing the boys interact with each other. Davis adores Hudson and thinks everything he does is funny. Hudson is a fabulous big brother! He likes to help us take care of Davis and does a great job doing it. He helps gives baths and soothes his baby brother when he cries. He helps pick out a book to read to Davis every night, and even helps Davis say his prayers. It's the BEST thing ever! I can't tell what he says most of the time, but I know the Lord hears every single word!




My Supermen!
My heart in one picture.

The Lord has blessed us greatly! This is not the journey we would have chosen, but God knows best. HE is using everything that Davis and our family has been through for HIS good. We strive everyday to give HIM all the credit and bring glory and honor to HIS name. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Please continue to pray for Davis and for us. This is only the beginning of the wonderful story God has written just for us!

Amanda

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Different Kind of Christmas {Davis 6 Months}

At first, we were disappointed at the thought of spending Christmas with Davis in the hospital. As it turns out, it was one of the most special Christmases we will ever celebrate! Not only was it Davis' first Christmas, but it was extra special, because he was still with us and doing so well. It was truly a Christmas miracle!

Due to delays with the stomach doctors, Davis was unable to get his g-tube right away. First, they told us they wanted to do the ph probe to determine the severity of his reflux. Turns out it was pretty severe, but that wasn't anything we didn't already suspect. Davis would need a fundolication to help prevent reflux in addition to the g-tube. A fundolication is where they wrap the top part of the stomach around the esophagus, making the opening into the stomach smaller. Before they could do the ph probe, Davis would need to be off of his stomach meds for a week. This meant we were spending Christmas at the hospital.

On Christmas Eve, the whole family came to celebrate with us at the hospital! Emily (Tucker's sister), cooked a delicious Christmas Eve dinner, and they brought everything to us. We had a grand time in the 8th floor waiting area! There was a Christmas tree at the end cap of the 8th floor, and we opened presents there. Phyllis and Al stayed with Davis that night, so that Tucker and I could spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with Hudson at the apartment. After Hudson opened his presents, we headed to the hospital to celebrate Christmas with Davis. Phyllis made homemade waffles in the waiting room. She even made waffles for some of the other parents spending Christmas with their babies at the hospital.

 Hudson standing in front of our tree at home.
It was pajama day at daycare.

 Davis loved being able to stroll in the waiting room!

 Christmas Eve fun!
Daddy helping Huddy slam dunk!

 When you spend Christmas at the hospital, 
you find ways to make it fun!

 Auny Honey, Mymama, Kate and Will with Davis

 Uncle Andy, Aunt Honey, Mymama, Will, Aunt Emmy, 
Hudson and Prudence with Davis

 Shug, Aunt Honey, and Mymama with their favorite baby!

 Shug and Big Al with the grands!

 Hudson checking out what Santa Claus brought him Christmas morning.

 Thanks to Red Mountain Grace, our boys had the best Christmas!
Not only did they provide an apartment for us for six months, 
they also bought our boys Christmas presents.
Hudson loves his Ninja Turtle gear!

 Sitting with both of my boys Christmas morning!

 Shug making her famous waffles!

 Breakfast in the waiting area Christmas morning!

 Davis adores his big brother, Hudson!

 Davis with his Christmas loot from Santa Claus!

 This was our attempt to get a family picture Christmas morning.
What a blessed day!!!

 This picture was taken on Thanksgiving day, pretransplant.
This was our Christmas card picture for 2015.

 My babies.
The love I feel for them is overwhelming!

With celebrating Christmas, that week went by pretty quickly. The day before Davis was scheduled to have the fundoplication and g-tube surgery, the stomach doctor told us he would also need to be off aspirin for a week before they could do the surgery. Many heart patients are on aspirin, because it's a blood thinner. Performing the surgery with Davis on aspirin increased the risk of bleeding.  We were extremely upset to say the least! It was obvious that the two teams of doctors weren't communicating. Our cardiac doctors told us they didn't know Davis needed to be off aspirin. They had certainly had patients before that were on aspirin and had the surgery. However, they didn't know in order to do the fundolication, he would need to be off aspirin. We used that week to continue to work on feeding by mouth, in hopes that Davis wouldn't need the surgery.

On January 5th, he finally had the g-tube and fundolication procedure. As much as we didn't want him to have to have a g-tube, it has turned out to be such a blessing. All of his meds are given through the tube. We don't have to worry about whether he spits them out or not, and because of the fundolication surgery, we don't have to worry about him throwing up his meds. He can still get sick with the fundo, but it makes it much harder. It has also taken the pressure off as far as getting him to eat by mouth. It's something we are still working on daily, but we certainly don't stress about it like we did before.

Finally, on January 8th, after spending six months of his life in a hospital, Davis was discharged. What a wonderful day it was!!! We celebrated with a party hosted by the cardiac team at Children's. Many of our family and friends came to celebrate that joyous day with us. All of our doctors, nurses, and therapists came. Many even came to celebrate with us on their off day! We are so thankful to the staff at Children's. God has used them to administer His healing touch, not only to Davis, but to many others as well.

I cannot end this post, without thanking the family that made this possible. We were able to spend Christmas with Davis because of our donor family's precious gift. The gift of life. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult Christmas must have been for them without their sweet babe. Please join us in continuing to pray for them. There's not a day that goes by that we aren't overwhelmed with gratitude for the heart that is beating inside Davis' chest.

Amanda