The medical journey of our family. My husband was born with aortic stenosis. My son was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. My daughter was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

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  • It's a Boy!
    on Jul 30, 2011
    Baby #5 is now 2 months old.I haven't blogged for a while because, well, I was pregnant and miserable and not doing much of anything. But, we made it through. The kids were having a difficult time, fighting all the time as I waited for the baby to co...
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  • New Hope
    on Jan 14, 2011
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  • Baby Steps
    on Jan 14, 2011
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    on Dec 30, 2010
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    on Dec 13, 2010
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    on Oct 18, 2010
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  • Self-Realization
    on Oct 2, 2010
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  • Baby #5 Is on the Way
    on Sep 24, 2010
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  • My Soap Box and My Hope
    on Aug 22, 2010
    Saturday we watched Clash of the Titans. A great adventure movie with Zeus and Hades vying for the adoration and fear of man.Sunday School the lesson is about Job. A great poetical work about God and Satan debating man’s devotion to God.Both of the...
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