It's hard to believe what a difference a year can make.
Last year, at this time, I think I was running on pure adrenaline (and strength from above). My oldest brother had just died (in September) and we had put him to rest. Carl had had a medical emergency and was hospitalized for about two weeks. One week later, Josiah was born.
The following several months were typical of a family embracing a new baby. We were no different, just running on exhaustion having survived the chaos of the previous weeks.
In December, the older boys got colds. Josiah got one - it proved to be the best thing that could have happened. The 'cold' developed into bronchiolitis (and possible RSV). He was hospitalized at Children's for one night. We (he and I) were released New Years Eve day. Two weeks later, during a follow up echo cardiogram, we would learn that Josiah had numerous holes in his heart resulting in pulmonary hypertension...not good news! Two weeks later, we were at Children's where Josiah would undergo open heart surgery.
Josiah was released from Children's 4 days after surgery. Six weeks later, he was fully recovered. The weight continued to be a battle for several more months. Now, he is a thriving little boy.
To say we treasure every moment, is a gross understatement. To say we are thankful doesn't even come close to the gratitude we feel. We have an amazing family. We have an amazing life. We have been blessed a hundred fold. We know this much is true!