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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







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