Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Liviana!

In honor of Liviana's 1st Birthday I have written her a letter and made a tribute video for her. Make sure you have your sound on. Enjoy!

My Dear Liviana,
I can't believe it has been a year already. I swear it was just yesterday that I was planning for your arrival with a combination of joy and fear. So small, yet so strong, describes you perfectly. You took CDH on head first and never looked back.

I prepared for every possibility with you. I researched anything and everything related to CDH so we would be prepared for the worse, yet hope for the best. I never anticipated you would kick CDH as hard and swift as you did. Not only did you beat CDH but you surprised us with heart and spinal issues that barely phased you and still don't today.

When I look in your eyes I see someone who already has learned an important life lesson...the lesson that life is too short, anything can happen, live each day as if it were your last. With your smile, your daily joy and your amazing interest in everything around you I feel as though you already know what you have been through. You already know that it could have easily been different and you could be an angel above with all the other CDH angels. I feel as though the CDH angels who have gone before and after you are with you, cheering you on each day.

I thank you for so much Liviana. I thank you for inspiring me. I thank you for challenging me. I thank you for making me smile in an instant. I thank you for bringing joy to your brother and sister's lives. I thank you for tucking your sweet hand under my chin each night as you sleep. I thank you for your loving gaze up at me as you nurse. I thank you for the peace you seem to exude. I thank you for teaching me about facing fears and being strong. I thank you for the hugs and cuddles. I thank you for teaching me about CDH and giving me hope that together we can fight it. I thank you for being such a fighter. I thank you for your spirit. I thank you for your sense of humor. I thank you for your feistiness. I thank you for being in our lives each and every day. I can't imagine a single moment without you.

Happy Birthday sweet girl. You made it here with strength, grace and perseverance. I look forward to what you will continue to teach me and bring to our family for all your years to come.


kmm0305 said...

My girls always come running to the computer when they hear music, so they got to enjoy the video with me. Emma was reading the words and when Leah heard "surgery" she said "Just like me!" More than you know, Leah! :) They both loved her beautiful smile. Seeing the little things that are all too familiar bring back memories--the blue walls, the room numbers, the polka dot chair. Happy, Happy birthday Sweet Girl!! We hope we can meet you and your family in person someday soon. Livi and Leah can share battle wounds and show CDH who the boss is!

Dotty said...

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! wow what a year hu? but what a fighter and a true Blessing you are. you are an inspiration to us and we are very proud to "know" you. watch out world here comes Livi!!
Happy Birthday!!
mom to Zach lcdh

Dear6993 said...

Happy Birthday, Liviana!

You have had an incredible journey, and it has been a privilege to watch you grow through this blog page. God bless you and your family as you continue into Year 2! Your smile is magical and contagious! You light up the page! Happy Birthday from Minnesota!

Karen Dear, Elk River, MN

Terri said...

Happy 1st Birthday Liviana! You are such a sweet little girl. AND what a miracle you truly are!

Amy I hope I don't sound odd here but never forget that she is not safe from the "cdh" beast. We too thought that all was past us with Ava because she sailed through yes a very rough start but she was safe, until well you already know. Just always have your eyes open as I hate to say but we are never safe.

Now that all of that icky stuff is said, Enjoy your children every second, she is an inspiration to all that know her!

Thanks for the video! Nice job!


Kenny and Jennifer Miller said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Liviana!! You are such a beautiful and strong little girl and an inspiration to CDH families everywhere. I'm looking forward to watching you do amazing things in year #2!


Cindy said...

Happy 1st Birthday Liviana! I hope you eat lots of cake and gets tons of cool toys.

mummy to angel SKYLA said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIVIANA!!!!!! What a beautiful girl you are. You are such a strong little girl. Everyone is so proud of you. Keep it up sweetheart and enjoy your birthday and every other to come.

Kristy, mum to Angel SKYLA, LCDH

Owain's mommy said...

Happy Birthday Liviana!!


Fer said...

Happy birthday sweetie!

Liz and Shane Nelson said...

Happy Birthday Liviana! you are an amazing and beautiful little girl. You gave me hope and inpsiration when I was pregnant with Nayeli.
Thank you for that! I love your video.

Amy AKA "Baba" said...

You are my littlest angel and i will always be here for you.
Sitting with you in the hospital i knew that this day would come and i prayed that you would be here with us. You make me laugh every day when i come home you are such a happy little girl for what you have over come. I Love you so much


Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

Tears! That is so sweet :)