Monday, February 20, 2012

Miracle Blog Hop!



Hey there I am Hosting this Special Blog Hop Today! What this Hop is all about is MIRACLES.  Miracles is anything that made an impact on your life and that God puts imprints in your life when you least expect it.
I am giving awesome Blog Candy ... I call it Smash Candy. I am giving away a Pink Smash Book, Roll of white and Black Polka dot Tape , and envelopes.





(NOTE: My Sister-In-Law is Erica and she is mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com. She sales Smash Books and things Really Cheap.. If you do not win this prize but would like to buy some please visit her site. She has Great Prices on Cricut Cartridges and many other items.  So don't  miss out! Go check  her web store out,and let her know I told you about it!)
To win these Items you have to go to EVERYONE Blog Hop and Comment and then check back here and leave a comment here and tell me who you would vote to win a Cartridge and one of these ladies will win a Cartridge from me!! In my eyes All these ladies are winners  and really made this a special day for me. Please check out all these ladies Stories and hard work.

Now on to my Miracle Story.....
 I have been living at the Ronald McDonald House  in Greater Cincinnati Ohio since December 26th, because my son Ethan who is 2 has been having breathing complications and I have been fighting each day to help my son get the care that he deserves. He is a 1 year Post Liver Transplant patient. His 1 year mark was February 18th. That is why I wanted to do this Miracle Blog Hop to celebrate his life and celebrate his Hero and Angel. My son was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia since at the age of two months old. My son was not born with no bile ducts and so therefore he had a kasi done which is a 4 hr surgery reconstructing his bile ducts and replacing them with artificial stints. My son needed a liver fast because he was not doing so good at the age 8 months and received his liver at the age of 15 months. My son had received a liver from a 4 year old little boy who had accidentally shot himself, because his father who was a sheriff worked long hours and did not lock his gun cabinet.His son had got into it and was playing with his twin brother and he accidentally pulled the trigger. I got the call on February 17th 2:15 pm from his liver transplant coordinater. I cried with tears of joy and sadness.Reality hit hard and I was thinking to myself, how can I actually be happy when a Mother and Father just lost there son and I am gaining my son back. I was in shock.... I felt guilty that I was the lucky one who's son was being saved,and there son could not be saved.
We spent two more months here at the Ronald McDonald House and then went home in May 2011. I had waited 9months 13hrs and 30 Min's for a liver. I am so ever so great full for my son's HERO and  Angel. I can not wait till I can meet this family and actually give them tears of happiness and tell them that there son will always live on...through my son. What We have been through is a Miracle... I have seen God work miraculous on my son and still works on him still to this day.
I almost lost my son three times just during this recent admission and God has shown me patients and  to have a voice for my son!  My son is a Miracle and so is his donor. I have made this  flower arrangement and vase for my son to remember his donor and date!







Green is the Liver Organ color and so I made the Daisy's out of the cricut quilling tool and I also made the Ribbon and date from vinyl. This is my very first time using vinyl.

Now please do me a favor think about Organ Donation! Do you know how many lives you can save! Think about it and the next time you get your ID card or Donate Blood and they ask you if your a donor..just think about it. Think about my Ethan's story and millions like his...



Now the next stop is the fabulous Lisa T. So what are you waiting for Hipity Hop... and enjoy and embrace these stories and don't forget to stop back here and tell me who you vote and leave some love at each one you hop to.Thank you very much for stopping by!

Here is the line up in case you get lost ..





35 comments:

Shawnee said...

Melissa, your flowers are beautiful. We are continuing to pray for your beautiful little boy.

Thank you for hosting such a inspirational hop!
Shawnee

Michele from MS said...

What a wonderful idea to celebrate the date! There were so many stories with trials, tribulations and happy endings but my heart especially went out to Lisa and her life with Shawn. I can only imagine what it would feel like for my husband not to recognize me. Wishing everyone a blessed day, week, month, year...lifetime.....For We Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens ME!!! (ok now I need a tissue ~ happy tears though)
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Ms. Scrappy2U! said...

Mel, thank you for sharing Ethan's story with us. Yes, he is definitely a miracle. It is truly an amazing blessing what a gift a family can give during their time of sadness in the form of organ donation. I will say a special prayer for you and Ethan and his continued improvements in health.

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PaulaJ said...

your son is beautiful. may he have a lifetime of good health from this point forward.

Anita said...

Melissa,with all you are doing now I am so fortunate to be able to be in this hop with you.Thank you for being who you are and especially being Ethan's mom.I pray everyday for you and your family.
Hugs, Anita

Janet's Planet said...

I've been promoting Organ donor awareness since a group of my Girl Scouts in a county I was assigned to had a girl need a donation, and was able to receive one. My mother-in-law asked for this to happen when she died and it's great that you are helping to get people's awareness of how important this cause is! I've been following your story, on FB, and prayers are with you! My God heals!! I'm so glad to hear Ethan is improving and know how hard these months are on him,and your entire family! If just one person becomes a donor following this hop, how many lives that could save!!! Awesome!! Thanks for letting me join in! Janet Royer

Doris P. said...

I have been following Ethan and his life since he was in the hospital and yet, I still get all choked up with the fight he has in him! and the fight you and hubby have in you. I pray for Ethan and will continue.... thanks for allowing me to be a part of this blessed blog hop. parkernana4@aol.com
http://mybugandmecreate.blogspot.com

Suzys Crafts said...

What an inspiring story! So glad you are my friend!

Cathie w said...

my thought ,prayer and well wishes come your way..the strength and perseverance you all need I pray for God Bless

Bit by the cricut bug is the cutest project
cathie
scraphappycat@gmail.com

Crafty and Green said...

Beautiful Vase! Great Project!! Ethan IS a Miracle!! Great Hop!

Many Blessings,
Tina
http://craftyandgreen.blogspot.com

ScrapMyWay said...

Melissa, with such an amazing Mommy, he will be better in no time! Your strength is amazing although this is very difficult for you and your husband. The vase is and will be just a memory when he is all better and he can plant REAL flowers for Mommy! TFS such a difficult chain of events.
Creative Wishes,
Claire
www.scrapmyway.blogspot.com

Scrappy Emt said...

You are amazing .. your project is beautiful... give hugs to ethan for all of us.. Thank you for a wonderful and touching blog hop..

Marji said...

I love your story and it's a pleasure to know you! I am an organ donor and my husband is a deputy so your story really hits home. I'm thankful for a healthy 2 year old and think of your sweet boy daily when I watch Emily play or sleep. He is a strong strong boy and has a very strong mother with a great strong voice! Hugs and continued prayers and congratulations on the one year anniversary and his continued healing.

Marji said...

Ok, finished the hop, used quite a few tissues and had to take a couple of breaks to hug my Angel face daughter. Everyone has a beautiful story and I can't choose one to win on that so I decided to pick based on projects because that was the only way I could separate from it. :) I liked Autumn's simple clean cards. This was a wonderful, heart warming hop, thank you for organizing it.

Edwina said...

Melissa, I have read eathan's story 3 times now and each time it touches my heart. I hope he is getting better. My thoughts go out to your all the time. Edwina Brown edwina.brown@live.com

Lori Apgar said...

What a bittersweet story! So glad your son is doing well and has a special gift inside his belly! So sad for the other family. Your flowers are beautiful!!!

www.scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com

Maria said...

Thanks for sharing the story of Ethan with us, Melissa. I didn't know the full details.... My love, hugs and prayers to all of you, including the family who so bravely shared their son with you. I love your project! Some day this will be sitting on a shelf when Ethan is a grown man, and you can share how special a project it was and how you shared it was so many strangers who have become your family. :)

callyannc said...

What an amazing person you are and Ethan is soooo lucky to have you as his mommmy! I think and pray often for you and your family! Love the flowers! TFS callyAnn

mommahobbit said...

Oh my gosh , I should have shares in Kleenex. So worth it ! Amazing stories , all of them. I have to pick the premie lay out I think by Janey R. I could so relate every step of the way! thank you so much for sharing :)

callyannc said...

Amazing and beautiful miracles! So loving and kind and heartwarming and inspiring and precious all the stories! We are truly children of our Heavenly Father whos loves us! Thanks for doing this hop! CallyAnn
ps i love the Ethan book for the winner!

Theresa said...

oh my goodness...i'm not sure i can make it through every blog, i'm all teary and this is only the first stop! Melissa, my prayers are with Ethan, you, and all his loved ones. May God continue working his MIRACLES!

Edwina said...

I finished the hop. I love Lissa T and Lisa's stories. They all are special stories. Lissa T deserves a cartridge. It is hard to chose. Edwina

bluecrayons said...

your story is so precious as all of them are. i am so glad to hear everyones doing great.

i choose scrappy emt.

craftingwithblue at gmail dot com

Laurie said...

Your flowers and vase are beautiful.

Creative Kuts said...

You and your family will be in my prayers to continue on a positive road to good health.

I choose Lisa Peters.

cheryl@creativekuts.com

Janet said...

What an amazing little boy and family. Hope alll goes well in the future and Ethan gets stronger and they figure out what is wrong with him so they can fix it!
Your flowers are sweet and I love the vase TFS My fav story and project are Lisa Peters from Hand Made With Love!!
Big Blog Hugs Janet

Theresa said...

i knew after the first story i was going to need a box of tissues. every story is so touching and a true miracle. i would never be able to choose one that would deserve the cart over the other. so it's all up to you Melissa...sorry.

Lisa said...

Thank you for hosting this special hop! Thank you for letting us in to your life! You are truly amazing! I will try to get Ethan's book mailed out to you this week. Your flowers are absolutely beautiful ;)

Annette said...

I love the story, and the special page she made for her hubby Shawn, by Lisa T. She's got my vote.

Newbie2crafting said...

What an amazing family you have Melissa, I wish you and your family all the best. Your always in my prayers. God Bless.

Dana
Danascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Liz said...

Melissa, I've been following your strength on FB and thinking of you and ethan every day. You are an inspiration to all mothers who are suffering along with their children.

http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com

Suzys Crafts said...

Very, very hard decision, but I have to go with Lisa P. and her husband Shawn. The courage and love she has for her husband is overwhelming. When you marry, you don't expect to take care of your spouse, but yet she married him knowing what she was entering. That is true love. Good luck everyone!

Lisa said...

Sorry I haven't responded sooner but I have not been feeling well with my fibromyalgia. I love your vase and flowers, it is such a special project you made. I loved it and thanks so much for allowing me to hop with you.

Cindy :) said...

Hi Melissa, I've been following your fb posts about your sweet Ethan, prayers are continuing, congrats on your miracle and your milestone. This was a fabulous hop, loved all the inspiring miracles I read about. I have a few miracles of my own to share with you :) Our youngest son was a preemie after a very rough pregnancy he shouldn't have survived, hes now 21. We found out my husband had kidney disease shortly after we were married, 4 yrs ago he had both removed and we had the dialysis machine set up in our bedroom, he was getting sicker and weaker, I got tested and was a perfect match so I gave him a kidney. In recovery the clamps blew off my arteries and I was bleeding to death. They did emergency surgery to save my life and it took me 11 months to recover and get back to work. Less than a yr later I slipped on ice and messed up my back, and haven't worked since Feb. 14. 2011! My back is slowly getting better and with lots of prayers and a little luck I will hopefully be back to work again soon! Please Lord! I am alive to share my miracles but could use another one, we are in a boat that is sinking fast and I need to get back to work to save us from losing everything, or win a lottery, LOL My hubby made me an etched frame to thank me for saving his life, I think I would like to share our story on my blog and the plaque he made for me :)
Have a great day Melissa, I love the vase you made for Ethan, it's very pretty. I'll be thinking of you and Ethan and still praying for him and your future together. Will be so happy for you when your night mare is a memory!

Pink Polka Dot Scrapping said...

Hey Theresa your the Smashbook winner can you please email me your address so I can seend this stuff out A.S.A.P thanks email me at pinkpolkadotscrapping@yahoo.com and please put PRIZE in the subject box.. Congrats!! And your right it was a tough call, All the ladies were winners in my eyes!