What A Difference A Year Makes.

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Cardiac Intensive Care At St. Paul's Hospital-Dec. 2014

Cardiac Intensive Care At St. Paul’s Hospital-Dec. 2014

Well folks, one year ago today Tim received his second transplanted heart. A year has gone by, the days have flown past and all our lives are so changed from what they were a year ago.

Our family is so thankful for the gift of life. We thank our gracious and loving God, a courageous donor family, an amazing medical team of surgeons, nurses and doctors. We are also in awe of the on-going love and support  (of all kinds) of family and friends, locally and the world over.

As we look forward to celebrating the birth of the babe of Bethlehem, our prayer is that peace would replace war, love would replace hate, and that we would all be able to love our neighbour as ourselves.

Summer 2015 With Andi, Charlotte and Oliver.

Summer 2015 With Andi, Charlotte and Oliver.

Merry Christmas, God bless and ‘bye for now.

Home…For Good!

Cuddles With Dad

Cuddles With Dad

Yesterday I had the pleasure of bringing Tim home from Vancouver…for good. Ten weeks and two days after his surgery for a second heart transplant, Tim was able to say goodbye to the IC nurses,  heart ward (5A) nurses, surgical staff, the transplant clinic staff, the physio department and Healthy Heart staff.

We cleaned the apartment on Harwood St., returned the keys to the Heart Home Society (and once again thank you Judy, Peter and Susie Quinn and Ron Bayne ) and caught the ferry.

It was so good to see Tim going into his house, with And and the kids beside him. As I went home to our place after dropping him off, I thanked God for all that has happened over the past weeks, for the amazing people at St. Paul’s and for the donor family, all of whom made this gift of life for Tim happen.

Love to all of you for your support for Tim and our whole family. ‘Bye for now and God bless.

Game On!

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At Rogers Arena Vancouver

At Rogers Arena Vancouver

Last night our two lads were at Rogers Arena in Vancouver to watch the local Vancouver Canucks hockey team defeat arch rivals, the Boston Bruins. Ben, who was visiting Tim for the weekend, managed to get tickets for both of them. It was great for them to have some time together. In particular, it was great to know that Tim was able to take in this event, and to handle all it entailed.

We are so grateful for two sons who love and care for each other.  Thanks also to all of you who continue to provide love, prayer and all kinds of support for Tim, his family and for our family in general.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

How Fortunate…

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The Feet In Question

This morning my feet decided that they and I  should go for a walk. I had just dropped off Cynthia and Tim at the Healthy Heart Program at the hospital. Following that action, my feet made their decision.

I headed down Harwood St. towards English Bay here in Vancouver’s West End. I hadn’t gone far when I saw this lovely older house now sided by two apartment towers.

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An Older Home, Now Apartments

It looked so welcoming with its Canadian flag and the Camellia shrub next to it coming into bloom. As I stepped it out, I was surprised how pleasant it was walking in this neighbourhood. I enjoyed the different architecture, the comparison between the design of the older buildings and the modern towers replacing them. Look at the older Kensington Place building just down the road from us, with its beautiful cherry tree coming into blossom.

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Kensington Apartments

The rest of the walk was a delight. There were more buildings with their shapes and angles, beautiful trees, a bandstand in the park,  some squirrels doing whatever they do at this time of year, and even some freighters in English Bay waiting to give up their cargoes.

I felt blessed to be alive and so fortunate, especially when I reflected on the past weeks since December 23 and Tim’s surgery. How glad I am that he is doing the laps at the Healthy Heart Program with his amazing, wonderful mother there to cheer him on.  How grateful we are to have a loving, supportive son Ben, and Andi and Josée wives of Tim and Ben respectively, along with Tim’s children Charlotte and Oliver. How wonderful it is to have extended family and friends here, and worldwide, to love and care for us. Thank you Lord, for everything.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

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