Saturday, August 4, 2012

August 4, Chest Closed!!

Vivian's chest was closed this morning.  We just got back to see her and she looks so beautiful.   Her little face almost looks like she is smiling!  There are not words to express how proud of her I am.  I asked the nurse if it was bad to think the most brave, strong and admirable person in the universe was my 11 day old daughter.  She said absolutely not, especially since she is a rock star :)  She even changed her bottom sheet to a star sheet because of her rock starness!  Vivi is certainly making a name for herself on this floor.

Rod and I prayed the Rosary this morning while she was having her chest closed.  Being Saturday we prayed the Joyful Mysteries.  As we were praying, I had a great a-ha!  This week, Viv's surgery was on Wednesday.  We prayed the Glorious Mysteries.  This morning, with her chest being closed, the Joyful.  I felt Mary telling me that in celebrating everyday with Vivian, there are so many joys and victories, moreso than the sorrow.  What hope I have had in my heart this whole week for Vivian to be such a strong fighter, and she has done wonderfully! There is so much joy in being here with her, encouraging her through this, and in living the joy of being her mom....What an honor!

I had two first thoughts when I saw her today with her going to be scar:  Oh my goodness!  How beautiful is she?  (This part of her will always be seen as a beautiful victory. ) and, God has made her perfect-just as she is.  If He didn't want her to have this scar, He would have given her a different heart.  Because He didn't, He gave her this scar to be a constant reminder of the great love He has in  such a special way for her.


  1. I am smiling ear-to-ear reading this post! what a glorious day ineed!

  2. Hi Maria,
    I found your blog after seeing your pictures on the loft website. After seeing those photos I realized that one, I go to church with you, and two I used to babysit you when you were little. I am praying so hard for little Vivian and for strength for you and your husband. God bless all 3 of you!
    Kim (Nadler) Fellinger

  3. My daughter had open heart surgery in February 2012 and I was really worried about the scar (it was such a silly thing for me to focus on). But it is already barely noticeable.

    I am friends with Diane Weiss, who gave me the address to your blog.

    God has blessed your family in such a remarkable way.


    1. Anita,

      Thank you for taking the time to read the blog. I am so happy to know your daughter is doing well and her scar is barely noticeable! I think as a mom it your job to be concerned about her scar because that is just a sign of how much you love her and are concerned for her. It's hard not to think about it, especially living in a world where physical beauty is something that young women struggle with. I truly believe that having a child, especially a daughter, with such a significant beauty mark is a true blessing. We have the opportunity to empower our daughters to embrace their own beauty, courage and strength that is emphasized through their scar.

      May God continue to bless you and your family :)