Sunday, November 25, 2012


Walt Disney



School Field Trip - THE PUMPKIN PATCH!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Being grateful in the worst circumstance…

I am currently reading the book 15 invaluable laws of growth by John Maxwell and he writes about Pulitzer prize winner author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. This man spent 8 years in prison during the soviet era for criticizing Joseph Stalin.
He went into prison as an atheist and came out a person of faith.
Looking back on his experience he says “I bless you, prison – I bless you for being in my life. For lying on the rotting prison straw, I learned the object of life is not prospering as I had grown up believing but the maturity of the soul.”

This experience didn't leave him bitter it left him grateful for the development of his faith and the strengthening of his character.
This is how I feel about the curve balls thrown in our lives. I would do anything in my power to change Mason’s circumstance, but I can’t, I don’t have it in my power, so I choose to be thankful…

  • Becoming a heart mom has lead me to hundreds of people that I would not have had the opportunity to meet or know. I am thankful for these women, families and children.

  • I am thankful for my “accidental purpose”. Giving back to others walking on a similar path has blessed me beyond imagine.

  • Mason’s condition reminded me how precious life is and what was really important. I am a better mother, wife and person because HLHS and my son change my perceptive on everything!

Mason still sleeping and Kendall ready to play!

One happy little girl wearing read to support her brother!

Mason with his drawing of me.. 

Until next time...
Kelsey Garka

Thursday, November 1, 2012


The biblical phrase “sacrifice of thanksgiving” was a puzzle to me…
And then I realized that gratitude is acknowledging that someone did something for you that you could not do yourself.
Gratitude expresses our vulnerability and our dependence on others.

Everything we do, every accomplishment we have, every mile stone we pass has come in part because of the efforts of others. A Chinese proverb says that those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.

If we can remember that we can be grateful…

I was told the best way to overcome writers block is to write through it… So this begins my series of “thanksgiving”!

To start my series here are a few people I am grateful for today…

  • I am grateful for - Dr. McMullan; Mason’s Surgeon! Simply put I am grateful he chose the profession he did and I am grateful for his ability to fix small hearts!!!!
  • I am grateful for my Horsey Grandpa (Yes I am a grown women and I still refer to him as this)… He taught me to be comfortable in my skin without the pressure of being “fake” and lastly he taught me how to pick myself up when I fell. All lessons learned when I was young
  • I am grateful that I am Jackie Burts Granddaughter! When it came to this blog she was my biggest fan – which makes it ironic that after she passed away I lost my desire to write here, that would have not made her happy. Words can not even describe how much I miss her.

I chose these three people to write about today – because each of them has given me gifts that I could not give myself.
Dr. McMullan saved my son’s life and my Grandparents helped shaped who I am today.

Be BLESSED - Kelsey