Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Happy Birthday to my amazing, strong, resilient, brave, spunky, beautiful daughter who has taught me more than anyone else in my life ever could!!  Unfortunately today began with a trip to the hospital to come up with a plan for her perforated Hickman.  This line has been causing us grief for months now and it finally gave up yesterday.  They are going to 'attempt' to replace it (and I'm pushing for a port) on Friday.  Usually, they would just pull it and put a new line in a new vein, but frankly, she doesn't have any left, so they're going to do their best to "save" this vein.  Fingers crossed that it works!  She is just finishing her antibiotics from her latest bout of pneumonia so again it is a less than ideal time for undergo anesthesia, but we don't have much of a choice.  Surgery number we come!

Miss Marissa had her Birthday Bash on Sunday surrounded by family and friends in the scorching heat wave.  The kids (and Daddy after Mommy "helped" him into the pool) enjoyed the pools, sprinklers and a water fight to stay cool. 

Tonight, we just had a little cake, opened a couple of small gifts and enjoyed our little family. 

So much has happened this past year - so many changes, so many obstacles overcome.  My girl amazes me each and every day!  I can't wait to see what this next year is going to bring!

It's crazy to look back and see how much Marissa has changed.  While she is not your typical 2-year-old and she doesn't understand that it's her birthday per say, she definitely understands feeling special and loved.  She is becoming more aware and involved each day and I must say - girl LOVES herself some birthday cake!!


Jessi said...

Happy Birthday, Marissa!!! And I can't believe it is surgery 32... this girl is a fighter!

Christina said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!!!! Cannot believe she is 2 already. Praying for a successful surgery.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Girl! x

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Marissa! just love reading your blogs!

Kelli TenHaken said...

Happy Birthday!!

Mary from TN said...

Happy Birthday, Marissa! Praying for her surgery.