Anything Goes, Life in General, Motherhood

GoFundMe Account for My Daughter

I am providing a link for a GoFundMe account I have set up for my daughter to help with the cost of going to Mayo Clinic to repair her heart.


She’s a spunky 7 y/o with such enthusiasm for life who likes to dance, enjoys playing with her friend Addie, loves her family, practices rollerskating as much as she can, loves school and learning, definitely acts like the ‘big’ sister that she is while also acting like the ‘little’ sister that she also is.

There’s more to her story here, but the short version is: she was recently diagnosed with having atrial septal defect aka a hole in her heart. Upon her diagnosis, her doctor referred her to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where the repair procedure can be done. The cost just to get in the door to see the doctor is $5000. We also have to worry about other medical expenses that are not included in that amount as well as travel expense.

I ask you to please take a moment to read about her and her medical condition in more detail. I pray you also consider making a donation, which goes toward the expenses mentioned above.

The link is below:

As always, God bless you (the reader) and thank you for taking the time to read about Lily and her story. Thank you as well for contributing to her medical/travel fund. It’s mean so much to her father and I as well as our children and the rest of her family ♥

Life in General

Murmurs of the Heart

By definition, murmur is a soft sound made by a person or group of people.

ex. Eliza heard the murmur of the crowd inside the gymnasium as she drew closer to the door.

One can also reach a little further to conclude that when a person falls in love, the heart murmurs softly as that love reverberates through his/her soul. Maybe a little far-reaching, but hey, it sounds romantic enough and I am nothing if not a hopeless romantic ♥

But then we have something completely different when speaking of murmurs of the heart. These murmurs are scary.

Very scary.

A medical prognosis: Heart Murmur – sounds during the heartbeat cycle (such as swooshing or swishing) made by turbulent blood in or near your heart. Read here for more information because I really suck at explaining medical jargon. Basically, a heart murmur is a sound in the heart that shouldn’t be there, either considered an innocent murmur or an abnormal murmur. If innocent, the murmur can go away on its’ own or last a lifetime without ever causing further issues. If abnormal, the murmur could pose serious heart problems right away or later in life.

When I conjure up images of murmurs of the heart in my head, the images always have an aura of romance…cuz you know, that’s me.

Never in my wildest dreams did my daughters’ face appear before my eyes when I thought about murmur.

But alas, my little girl….my sweet, innocent little 6 y/o daughter so full of life and excitement is scheduled for an echocardiogram coming up soon in order to gain further understanding of the heart murmur (according to the doctor) discovered during her well child check-up.

And this mama is as nervous as all get out. You see, my sweet little girl was born with a heart arrhythimia. Thankfully, it went away within the first couple of weeks after she was born.

I have always considered myself pretty blessed in regard to my children’s health. Outside of my twins who spent 3 weeks in the hospital after they were born, none of my children have had any major medical concerns other than the normal ‘wear and tear’ of childhood: bumps, scrapes, bruises, a concussion, stitches, a couple broken bones…..none of these issues have been as serious as they could have been. I’ve been thankful for that. Very thankful.


Now, I am completely inside out with worry.

So, I’m going to step outside of my ‘normal’ (I’m kind of an ‘in-house’ problem solver) and ask of all who read this

Please, please, please say a prayer for my little girl.

It would mean the world to us.

Thank you ❤

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