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Letter to Jack

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Dear Sweet Jack:

Welcome to the world!

AND - Welcome to our family!

Born September 12, weighing just 7.2 pounds, looking just like your daddy with lots of dark hair and no chin :) We were all anxiously awaiting your arrival -- Mommy, Daddy, big sisters Abby and Margot and Grandpa Jim and I.

To me you look perfect, but Mommy and Daddy said that you were born with a little hole in your heart. They said that your doctor reassured them that it is small and that as you grow, the hole should close. You are going to visit a special doctor who will keep a close eye along with Mommy and Daddy on your heart. Your regular doctor said that if you are eating well and gaining weight, you are probably doing fine. So far, you are eating well!

You can't help that you were born with a heart problem, but Mommy and Daddy love you and will make sure that you are well taken care of and do everything the doctor tells them to do so that you will continue to grow and be healthy!

I was born healthy many years ago and my mommy and daddy -- your great grandparents -- took good care of me. I am sorry to say that when I got older, I didn't take such good care of myself. I ate too much and didn't run and jump any more like I did when I was a child so I put on TOO much weight. The doctors told me many times that I needed to eat less and move more so that I could be healthy again. I tried sometimes but always found excuses to stop doing what they told me to do.

Your daddy and Aunt Angie and Uncle James (who lives with Jesus now) were all growing up and going to college and falling in love and I started to feel stiff, sore, and worn out! I didn't like feeling like that. When your daddy married your beautiful mommy I saw pictures of myself and felt sad that not only did I not feel healthy, but I didn't look healthy either.

I decided to do just what the doctors had been telling me to do all along. I chose healthier foods and ate smaller portions. I started to run and jump and ride a bicycle. I found that moving around like that was actually fun! I started to feel less tired and less sore.

By the time your cousin Lyric was born I was well on my way to looking healthier and feeling healthier. She was our first grandchild and it started to sink in to me that I had more reasons to keep my weight down with eating good foods and staying active.

After Lyric, those reasons just kept coming -- Natalie, Abby, Jude, Margot, and now YOU!

I feel wonderful now! and my doctor says that I am healthy.

This is my promise to you, special little boy, that I will always continue to eat right and exercise so that I can stay in the best shape possible! That way when you come visit, if your heart is healed, we can run and jump and play together!

Someday you will get older and leave the watchful eyes of your mommy and daddy. You will go to school and fall in love. Grandma will dance at your wedding --

I promise!

With all my love - now and forever,

Grandma Joanne

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    Beautiful! I am sorry to only be reading it now. This is so touching. Congratulations!
    2177 days ago
    What a beautiful little one! And what a great letter!
    2213 days ago
    Celebrating God's gift to your family -- trusting that all will be well with Jack's heart as he grows. Thanks for putting your Journey to Health into words that even a youngster could understand -- I trust that many who read it and have been half-hearted in their determination to get healthy will jump into their Journey whole-heartedly!
    2214 days ago
    what a beautiful picture of jack and what alovely idea and a lovely blog.all of my three children were born with heart issues,my 7 year old has a heart murmour and a prolaspse of the heart valve so is classed as enicardico riskico here in germany,means we have to be careful he doesn´t get a bacterial infection or bacteria in the 4 year old and nearly two year old were both born with a hole in the heart like your jack.the nearly two year olds hole ahas closed up.the 4 year old has another check upin january to see if he still has his hole in the heart,then they will decide what is to be done weather to operate etc.i hope all goes well with your jack and that his hole in the heart is closed by the time he has his one year check up.your grand children are so lucky to have such a caring,fit and fun granny.keep up the good work.
    2214 days ago
    Welcome, Jack...and congratulations to his Gramma!
    2223 days ago
    I had not planned to get teary-eyed this afternoon. But as usual, whenever I read your blogs, I feel something. emoticon He's adorable!

    This is one of the most beautiful letters/blogs that I've read. I pray that all goes well for little Jack, so that he may grow into a strong, fine, healthy young man and his beautiful grandmother will indeed dance with him at his wedding..... emoticon
    2224 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2010 1:18:26 PM
    Both a beautiful blog and beautiful picture!
    2225 days ago
    This is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever read.
    God Bless you and your expanding family.
    2225 days ago
    Hmm...with my son's wedding coming up you've got me realizing yet a whole new dimension of motivation for taking the best possible care of myself...! Had never thought about being a grandparent...!

    2225 days ago
    What a beautiful tribute to Jack and what a handsome little guy. Will keep him in my prayers.

    Congratulations, grandma!
    2226 days ago
    Now I'm getting all teary-eyed. Little Jack is just darling and you are a real sweetheart.

    2226 days ago
    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy and what a beautiful letter to him, you should be proud of all you have done.
    2226 days ago
    First of all congratulations on the new arrival and what a great transition to the weight loss journey. Super blog a usual.

    Skeeter emoticon emoticon
    2226 days ago
    Just beautiful
    2226 days ago
    Beautiful letter .... THANK you for sharing!

    He is the cutest little guy!

    IS he the first grandson then.. (trying to tell if he is by the list of names.... you listed)
    Maybe Jude is a boy?

    ANWAYS he is a cutie patootie!

    I will pray for him too!
    2226 days ago
    What great thoughts! We add our prayers for Jack's continued well being!
    2226 days ago
    What a touching and beautiful gift to give this special little boy. He will have a lot of adopted aunties praying for him and his precious little heart. And for his Mommy and Daddy to stay strong and healthy.
    Wishing you showers of blessings,
    2226 days ago
    emoticon What a beautiful letter to your precious grandson!
    2226 days ago
    What a beautiful blog. I'm crying my eyes out. He is so precious. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers your way to keep him strong.
    2226 days ago
    This made me cry in a happy/sad way. What a darling little angel. Congrats to your family. He's lucky to have you as his grandma. Big hug.
    2226 days ago
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