I wanted to be sure to record some thoughts and feelings that I missed due to all the hub bub of Avery's birth. That day was such a special day for our family, not just because we were meeting our newest member, but because it was the 5 year anniversary of my transplant. My mom and I usually celebrate in some way, give each a card or go to lunch but this year we had a much sweeter celebration. Ever since my mom donated the kidney, people always marveled at the love she must have for me to do that. I never thought about it, really, until I was holding my four hour old daughter and thought to myself, "there isn't anything I wouldn't do for you, my sweet." Being a mother requires so much of yourself and I didn't really understand how my mom did this wonderful thing for me until I was one myself. It does not diminish my gratitude for her and her willingness to do through that for me! Five years is a major milestone for a transplant patient and I really feel blessed and humbled by my Heavenly Fathers mercy. He has really answered every prayer and, literally, made all my dreams come true! Here's to five more!!!