Monday, May 17, 2010

Sparkly heart day update #1

We got the call at 1055a. I had just finished getting ready to take the kids to run some errands. My phone rang with Loma Linda's ringtone and I knew what it was! Kay told me "we have a heart for this little girl!" And the ball started rolling. I made my phone calls to the jet, some family and got my bags together. Everyone came to help us get PJ, tend to our car and see us off!

Today was day 97 waiting. I have had a rough week emotionally this past week because I saw my time with Gabriella quickly slipping by. Its amazing how different this call was verses the false alarm for us emotionally. It was right. It was Gods plan. Part of my heart is excited and nervous and so focused on God for Gabriellas safekeeping. The other part of me is grieving for the mother and family of the child gone to be with God and who gave such a priceless gift to us.

I'm blogging right now from the plane and will send this on when we land. We will go to the hospital and start the prep process. It will be later this afternoon before the surgery is started. Please keep watching for updates here and on our Twitter all day as we progress through surgery and recovery on Gabriellas 2nd birthday, May 17, 2010.

18 comments:

Andrea Gunnell said...

Oh, I just jumped on the computer and heard your wonderful news! I will be thinking about you and keeping you all in my prayers throughout the day!

Chris A said...

Sending Love and Prayers through grateful tears.

with Hope,
~ Chris Atherton ~
mom of Becca 17 yrs old TOF, PA, pulmonary hypertension & asthma
Scottsdale, AZ

Cheryl said...

We have never met but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Eight years ago my husband, Mike, received a heart transplant after 109 days waiting in Stanford....I remember when we got the call. It is indeed an emotional time....but God is with Gabriella and all of you and He will see you through.

Cheryl (Jenna's mom)
cherylann54@comcast.net

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I am bawling all over myself over here. Glory to God! I just have no words. Thank you for inviting us to be part of your family's story. I'm stalking you for updates. All of our love, tons of hugs, many kisses.

Suzy said...

Kristi I am with you all with all my heart. Love you.

Heather said...

oh Kristi,
I am just in tears. I have been since I read your tweet! I'm so happy for you guys.

I can't wait to sing Happy Birthday to Gabriella again in just a little while!

God bless those hands who will touch all of you---may they be the Extended Hand of Christ.

Anonymous said...

Wishing you the best and sending positive Karma your way! My thoughts and prayers go with you! Jeff Fergerson (rockdog7711) San Antonio, Texas

cici said...

May God Bless Gabriella, you and your whole family as you walk through this miracle.
(big hugs of hope, faith and love)

Comfypjs said...

Praising God for keeping his hands of protection on Gabriella until a 'sparkly heart' was available and thanking Him for the opportunity that Gabriella and the entire Vega family will have to glorify our awesome God for an extended lifetime to come!

AilynRose said...

OXOXOXOXOX praying and waiting to hear the great news!

The Working Home Keeper said...

Sending prayers your way!

Mary Ellen

Maya said...

Oh I am just so excited for you all! We'll be praying here that the surgery goes smoothly. Happy 2nd birthday, Gabriella!

~ Maya (@MarfMom)

The Davis Family said...

Congrats!! It is an amazing and emotional experience.

Elma said...

Paul & Krist,
We are so happy for you guys! Many prayers go out to you all. God Bless you. We look forward to getting together so Ris can play w/ Gabriella!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for Gabriella! I will keep her and your family in my prayers. I will be watching for the good news! I found your blog through another heart baby that I have been following.

Anonymous said...

What an incredible blessing to have this new heart for Gabriella. I had goose bumps when I read that you got the call. You were only a few days off your estimate, Kristi. Your prayers have been answered. Happy 2nd birthday G!
Hugs!

Mindy said...

My friend Sara brought your story to my attention. I have been checking my computer all day to check the progress. I will be thinking of you and your little girl. I am hoping things go well , i know this is just the start of a very long journey .
Mindy N Texas

Anonymous said...

You dont know me, but a coworker has shared your powerful story, truly a testimony to God. My prayers are with you and equally with the family facing the loss of there child. xoxo, JJ

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