22 novembre 2018. Part 2 of 2. Où es-tu Suz? Emma Kate Coartation of Aorta and Ventricular Septal Defect. Thankful – I need a bigger word.

Emma’s Surgical Suite

I’m so thankful for this blessing of birth and healing.  But I need a bigger word – as thankful doesn’t seem enough.

Anyone know the French word for thankful?

This is told from the view of me, the granny –   

Congenital Heart Defect – our granddaughter, Emma Kate was born with a congenital heart defect.  A surprise to all of us, found by an angel of a nurse, and corrected by a surgeon whose own life was touched by an incident involving the heart of his father.

The days that followed her beautiful birth were filled with many emotions.  The love and support from family and friends was incredible.  The peace that surrounded our family during the entire process was unreal.  We focused on prayer and trusted the experts.

God was (and is) in control.  He drove, and we sat back and watched.  From Emma’s transfer to the children’s hospital two hours away and the angels (real ones I’m convinced) who transported her, to the truly talented and gifted nurses and doctors who without pause repaired her little heart – He is in control. 

I was in awe of His work.  Over the course of the next ten days, He made sure that the right person was in the right place at the right time.  God is great, powerful and mighty.  Thank you Lord – for Your unending love.  We will forever be grateful to You and all Your warriors.

Proud Mama –

I’m so incredibly proud of my daughter and son-in-law.  They have been the epitome of strength.  She’s been the mother and he’s been the father.

She’s my youngest daughter – the one I tend to think is still 12, but at 27 she welcomed the arrival of her first baby.  Every milestone was met with excitement and celebration.  From the gender reveal to the baby shower to the labor and delivery room.  This girl was ready.  She’s been ready for motherhood since she was born.  When she was 6 – I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up and she responded, “a mom.” 

Emma Kate was born with a congenital heart defect.  Her little heart has / had what they call coartation of the aorta (narrowing of the aorta) and a ventricular septal defect (VSD a hole between the chambers).  Our little brave heart was in and out of open heart surgery 48 hours post birth.

She’s doing great!  She’s gaining weight, she sleeps, cries, poops and cuddles.  She’s precious and perfect!  She’s a normal baby.  Thank the Lord!

My daughter is the mom she dreamed of becoming and just like everything else in her life – she has embraced it.  This is the girl who truly is living her life to the fullest – with open arms, wide eyes and faith in God.

I’m so thankful for this blessing of birth and healing.



  1. I just VERY quickly have to have a say here (and yes, I know…. I still owe you a comment on part one)!
    This had me howling like a dog out in the cold, but with happy emotions and a heart full of thanks on your behalf. I only wanted to say this: Yesterday I was in a discussion about the old ‘If God exists, how does He (She/It) allow all the terrible things happening in this world?’ and the magnificent, simple and so very logical answer by a wise friend:
    Now listen, if I’m driving in my car and I come to a street crossing with the large marking on the street: STOP, plus a sign post and I just drive on w/o coming to a halt, who is to blame? The painter? NO, IT’S ME who has not followed the rules and regulations…. There!!!

    Another words for thankful / reconnaissant (best translation) is ‘savoir gré à quelqu’un’ – sounds a bit more official, you’d use it in a letter asking for something from the person or authority you write to….

    I BET YOU’LL HAVE THE MOST BLESSED AND WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING FEAST EVER! Enjoy and congratulations to all involved in this WONDER of wonders!

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    1. Hi there – thank you!!! We like to think of it as – Her issue occurred in a moment of nature and not a mistake but then God in all his might was there to make this as He saw it should be. And we feel blessed that He saw that she should live and sent angels and guardians. We have to remember that our time here on earth is but a moment – but our life everlasting with God will be forever. And for now – we are thankful that we will share many good times with her. So good to hear from you. I’ll be eating lots of thanksgiving turkey and pie today.

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