Life for and with the Bean will never be totally easy. There will always be the meds and the doctor appointments and the anxiety of facing the unknown. But, life with the Bean will always be totally satisfying. Knowing that each day is one she may not have had if she had been born just a decade before she was (because of medical advances that allowed them to keep her alive while waiting for a heart) or if the donor family had not chosen to donate their child's heart. There will be the same frustrations that happen in any family, but in the back of my mind I will always know that those frustrations are better than no frustrations. And although I can't predict the future and I realize that anything can happen, my intuition tells me (and my hope drives me to believe) that Bean will do wonderful things in her life. I'm not sure what those things will be, but I can't believe that this great gift was given to her without it being meant for something great.
Yesterday was our country's birthday and Bean and I celebrated with my husband's family. He is away in Michigan working this month, so he was not there and we missed him. But, it was good to be with family and friends and celebrate the holiday. Bean may have overdone it a bit:
Prior to coming to the in-laws, my friend Sylvia came to Chico for a visit, which was great (and that very patriotic 4th outfit the Bean is passed out in was from her!). In an attempt to do something local and outdoorsy, despite the heat, we decided to visit a waterfall. My original plan was to hike in 2 miles (easy, flat hike) following the directions I found online. But, when we pulled over at the marker for the waterfall, we found it to be right there, down a not-so-flat hill. In the interest of saving the 4 mile round trip hike and getting some good photos, we decided to just brave the incline and see the falls. It was a little challenging with the Bean and my dog, Bella, and Sylvia decided to stay up towards the top of the hill versus going on down where my friend Theresa and I went to take pics, but overall it was a great experience. Bean has not stopped saying "waterfall" for the past three days and loves to see the pictures! I will definitely have to put more waterfalls in future travel plans!
I will leave you with some pictures of the Bean, most of them in or around "wah-ter", which is currently her favorite substance other than formula - both to drink and to play in. I grew up as a competitive swimmer, competing in my first swim meet at the age of 3 1/2. I would not be surprised if Bean follows in similar footsteps, as she is already a pool lovin' fiend! But, we shall see! Hope you all are enjoying your summers and my heart will be with our donor family this week and always for giving us memories like these:
|Excited to be leaving for the pool!|
|Looking like a little surfer girl! Chico may be inland, but this is definitely coastal wear!|
|Drying out and warming up after her first swim in a "big" pool!|
|She obviously isn't the only family member who loves the water!|
|Relaxing a bit with Daddy before he leaves for work for five weeks!|
|Working on our summer gardening venture...|
|In the pool with Theresa...she has progressed to NOT wanting help when in her floaties!|
|Playing with her Busy Bugs set and lovin' it!|