How do you celebrate a Heart-Aversary? With a 200 Foot Billboard of course....


I'm sitting down after a long, exciting, out-of-this-world-is-this-really-happening kinda day and the tears just won't stop flowing...


Today something extrodinarily, outrageously, AWESOME happened...



Today 45,000 people voted for celebrating differences...



Today more people than I can even possibly count, shared our important message "What Makes You Different Is What Makes You Beautiful"...



Today people showed me once again that anything can happen...


Anything!!!


Exactly one year ago today on May 2nd, my darling daughter had heart surgery.


A year ago today was the scariest day of my life.
"Tara can't be mentally present for those days....I think it is a form of self preservation....she would literally go crazy. So she is in the room ...but not there....I am the sponge, the student, and the person asking the hard questions. The second hardest thing I have ever had to do, is pick my wife up after the surgeons walked away from us with Pip when she finally collapsed weeping. As I look back at it today I can't believe that I was so stable during that time. I held and reassured her that everything was going to be fine...in three hours we would have our baby back fixed and ready to roll. Inside I didn't know any of that to be truth but that is what Tara needed from me.....that is who I had to be. For the next three hours I walked making sure I wasn't too far away from Tara in case she needed me, but there was no way I could be still." - From my husband's one & only blog post -     Read full letter HERE

In a way though after Pip's heart surgery things began to soar...She became a different baby, it was almost as if she was finally "alive"...

And with a fixed heart and a contagious smile she not only soared, she crashed into mountains breaking them in her way, she took a hold of stimgas and shoved them where the sun don't shine and she smashed perceptions and defined a new beauty right before my eyes.



It was almost fitting to find out today, while reflecting on her Heart-Aversary that her gorgeous mug will be on a 200 foot billboard in downtown Toronto {Bay & Bloor} shining brightly for half a million people to see...


I'm a big weeping hot mess over here right now - Don't know if it's because of reflecting on Pip's Heart-Aversary, feeling oh so touched by all the people, organizations and even other contestants in the billboard contest for loving up Pip so very much, or just being so damn proud, of all my little girl has accomplished in her little life. 


Her life holds such purpose, some search their whole lives to find that and yet Pip lives it daily...


In awe baby girl...In awe...





Happy Heart-Aversay my sweet Pippy Layne.









P.S-  To see my reaction & live radio interview click HERE 
P.P.S- To read about how a Hindu Priest saved Pip's heart click HERE

5 comments:

  1. So Over the MOON excited about this! You, my friend, are changing perceptions and helping so many of us who are raising children/adults with Down Syndrome. Showing the world that it really is the differences that define our beauty. Love it :)

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  2. Happy Heart-Aversary, Pip! That is great news about the billboard! Spreading awareness with amazing cuteness :)

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  3. I'm not a Mom, but I just wanted to share this that I just posted with you - the fact that you are inspiring beauty, reclaiming what is beautiful and helping the world appreciate it: http://talesofarecoveringrecoverer.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/day-182/

    Thank you so much

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  4. What a beautiful girl and wonderful story.

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  5. Anonymous8.6.14

    Your daughterbis beautiful. I love her gorgeous smile.

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