Friday, January 30, 2009

So Proud!

Andrea and baby Nurdin

I am so proud of my daughter, Andrea, for how she has reached out and cared, supported and has just been there for other heart moms since Drew's birth. Obviously her road has not been an easy one, and even when it was at its worse, she still found that helping others in her situation helped her, as well. If you click on the title of my blog today, you can go to her site and read back a few blogs to the story of Zumrat and Nurdin, who were flown in from Krygyzstan, because they don't do the type of surgery this sweet 9 month old little baby needed and he would have only survived another six months without it. The Dr. that assisted in Drew's last surgery performed it for them free of charge and an interpreter was even flown in with the mom because she speaks absolutely no English. Imagine the trust this mother had in order to believe that what these people told her about her baby was true and to follow through with such a scary journey. He has never had meds, since they are not available where they live. She doesn't have a phone or electricity and in the winter it gets 40 degrees below zero. Her husband has one outfit that he hangs on a hook every night and puts back on in the morning. They also have a 3 year old daughter. In her village she was told that her sonb would grow out of his obvious problems. Amazing! Anyway, Andrea stayed with them, along with some other wonderful supportive heart moms, throughout the surgery and post op and Zurat has come to love my daughter. I don't blame her! With everything else Andrea does in a day, she makes the time to help this sweet mom feel comfortable and secure and finds such joy in helping others! I only wish that I will have such an opportunity some day.

Nurdin's Mom, Zurat and Andrea. To read more of this story, go to

Monday, January 5, 2009

Favorite Grandparent Quotes

People have been sending me grandparent quotes since I've been blessed almost five years ago with my first grandchild. I thought I'd list some of my favorites here. Please add yours, I'd love to read them!


What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret

A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television. ~Author Unknown

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love. ~Author Unknown

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. ~Alex Haley

Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. ~Donald A. Norberg

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent. ~Sam Levenson

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
-- Marcy DeMaree
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