I just wanted to add that I'm not just thankful for the doctors - I'm VERY thankful for the nurses also. We took gifts to the hospital when we had Harper for all the nurses and we sent cards and thank yous to the nurses after our NICU stay. The doctors had the great wisdom to save Harper but the nurses were our ANGELS! WE love them too!!!
Harper and I had a good day. We went out this afternoon to one of my favorite spots - Hobby Lobby and found several goodies to use for her birthday party. I'll write more about that tomorrow. We also had to go by Lowe's to get some hardware items and Harper had a great time. All the old men shopping there paid her a lot of attention and she was eating it up! ha! She seemed to really like Lowe's - maybe she knows her momma used to be in the tool business and her grandpa practically lives there.
Probably 10,000 times a day I have to say "No Harper" as she tries to go out the doggie door. I just THOUGHT she was trying to crawl out and then I happened to look outside. She has been taking all of her toys and throwing them out the door. (There were more toys on the ground). I took this picture two days ago and cleaned all of that up and today I looked out there and there is a huge pile out there again including several pacifiers. GREAT!
I had a few extra Christmas cards and I decided I had to send them to the two men I'm most grateful for this year - the two neonatologists who treated Harper. Her wonderful Dr. Gomez in the top picture - he was her doctor at St. Francis and Dr. Wagle who treated her the night she was born and made the decision to air flight her out. I am thankful for all of those who prayed for her and especially for God because He is the one who healed her. But these men saved her life and I will be eternally grateful to them. So I am sending them a card along with a note to tell them how almost a year ago they saved our daughter's life and today she is a happy, healthy girl. How can you possibly thank someone who changed your life so dramatically?
Update: You asked me what to write to your kids. Just tell them about you and/or your family. Seriously - they want to know what you do. What you like. What you eat for meals. Don't talk about materialistic things if possible (like we bought a new car/house/toys, etc). Tell them they are special and smart. Encourage them to study and that they can become anything they want. They need your encouragment. Tell them you love them and that God loves them. Depending on their age.....begin to tell them your favorite Bible verses. Let your kids write them. You just have no idea how these kids hunger for your love and encouragment. When we went to El Salvador I felt like I wouldn't know what to say to those kids and then they were hugging me and kissing me and it really didn't matter so much what I said but just that I was there. Same with your letters......It doesn't matter WHAT you write.......but just that you do write.