5 years ago today...now, how many times have I posted similar words on this day? Those words go hand in hand with the Happy Birthday posts I put up so faithfully every year, remembering an important day in our lives, a day that brought a renewed Samantha to us yet again by repairing the tiny hole in her tiny heart, bringing new energy and strength to that teensy baby and giving her the ability to grow and thrive into the amazing, beautiful, healthy, strong little girl she is today.
We try not to take anything for granted, especially not good health. Our eyes are always wide open, hyper-aware of every breath she takes, every blink of her eyes, every miniscule movement she makes, always watching, inspecting... But in that awareness, we are ever-appreciative and in awe of each hair, each eyelash, each muscle, each pore, each cell, every last fiber and chromosome that makes Samantha Samantha. And wow, what perfection she embodies! Sunshine, birds, butterflies, rainbows, flowers and unicorns...they have nothing on her.
Thank you so much to Dr. Hougen, Dr. Spray and the whole medical team of CHOP for giving our baby the chance to reach for the stars. Our gratitude is boundless.
Happy Heartiversary, Princess!