Wednesday, June 27, 2012

the journey continues....

"Two roads diverged in the woods, and I --
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

This blog was created as a space to document and share our journey after we were told it would not follow the path we expected.  At a time that we were scared and searching for information and hope, we found much solace in other people's blogs. Our initial goals were not only to keep friends and family informed, but also to hopefully give other frightened expectant parents some kind of hope and guidance as we had found in other families' blogs.

It was just over four years ago that we found out we were pregnant after trying to conceive for almost two years. Four years ago that we started a journey that we did not even fully understand at that point. Along the way we learned what it feels like to have your world turned upside down with 8 little words - "We think there's something wrong with your baby." We have found a strength to push on despite fear of the absolute unknown. We have trusted a perfect stranger to care for our child - to take him apart and put him back together. We have cried for families and their babies whom we have never met, yet feel inexplicably connected to. We have made memories that will never be erased, no matter how haunting some of them are. We have made friends. We have grown in ways never even imagined. We would not change a minute of where we have been and what we have done, as strange as that may seem.

We are blessed. Totally, completely, incredibly blessed. I personally do not know if that word "blessed" was even a part of my every day vocabulary three years ago.

We firmly believe that everything indeed happens for a reason and this is no different. We are better people, better parents, better off because of all we have experienced along our Gumdrop's Journey. We want to preserve this space as somewhere that focuses on CDH and our journey through this part of our lives. We are obviously not untouched by CDH in our lives today, but this blog has served its purpose and with our family about to grow, it seems this is as good a time as any to make a move.  We are beginning a new family blog at We hope you continue to follow us along our journey as a family, but if not we sincerely thank you for your love and support shown to us here. 

Follow your path with courage, no matter what unexpected places you find yourself in along the way and always believe that you are truly exactly where you are meant to be. 


Corinne said...

Dear Patricia, thank you for this beautiful post. I can understand your desire to start a new blog as your family expands in this wonderful new way.

Charlie inspired us because he is almost exactly 2 years older than Samuel and had a similar journey. I remember seeing a picture of him on the beach last summer - playing like a normal boy with this faint scar on his chest. Samuel had just come home from the hospital and it was hard. I looked at those pictures and I thought, that could be us. It meant a lot to me.

Thank you for sharing your journey. Can't wait to hear about your new babe. :)

Mama to Samuel, lcdh, Feb1/11

Patty said...

Corrine, I am so glad to hear that Charlie's story served as an inspiration to you. I think sharing his story in hopes of bringing others hope and peace has become a life's mission for me over the past 3 and a half years. Thank you for reaffirming that we are doing the right thing. And know that keeping up with your story with Samuel still does the same for us. So glad to know that you will still be following us on this next step. Much love, Patty :-)

Gordon Barlow said...

Hey, revive the blog, man! The world needs more bloggers!

(I saw you visited mine today...)