I’ve never really been into Valentine’s Day. It’s always seemed a little fake, and usually passed with very little fuss in our household.
But now we have a reason to mark not only the day, but the whole month! HeartKids NSW and HeartKids Australia, the charity which supports kids living with congenital heart disease (CHD) and their families, uses the month of February to raise awareness about CHD, with Valentine’s Day (renamed Sweetheart Day) at its heart (excuse the pun…).
I’ve written previously about Hannah’s heartbeads, which help us document every step of her hospital stays. They’re sponsored by HeartKids NSW. They also provided us with a goodie bag of things when we got to hospital – some pressies for Hannah, snacks, and info about CHD and how HeartKids can help. And each week, one of their Family Support Coordinators spends time at the hospital, being a friendly person to talk to.
Many HeartKids people have children with CHD themselves, so they know what the journey we’re on is like firsthand. I’m sure they have been a light in the dark fog of diagnosis / hospital stays to many parents, as they were when I stopped in for a cuppa and a chat. So it feels natural to want to raise the profile of such a great organisation, one which we are thankful to God for.
One way I’m doing that is by joining in on the HeartKids photo challenge. Each day, I’ve used their prompts to post a photo on Instagram. Here are the first few…
So far I’ve found it a fun process to plan and take my photos (though Gus was pretty happy when I withdrew my request for him to mow a heart shape into our front lawn…). I plan post an update with more photos later in the month, which will also be motivation to continue the challenge!
For now, why not take a moment to have a look at the Sweetheart Day website, gain some more info about CHD and if you want, take part in some of their Sweetheart Month programs. Particularly keep an eye out for them on Sunday 14 February selling heart themed items at local shopping centres and other spots to fundraise.
And a Hannah update – you can tell from the photos that she’s continuing to grow and develop tremendously well! She’s a bundle of fun – getting quite proficient at ‘bum shuffling’, pulling herself up on things, chattering away and demolishing food. Hannah’s even gained 6 teeth since the week of Christmas, so now has 8 big chompers, which definitely help with the food demolishing! She continues to bring us great joy and takes my breath away on a daily basis.
Please give thanks for…
- HeartKids and their great work supporting families and kids with congenital heart disease
- Hannah’s continued good health and development
- Our Lord Jesus and his life giving gospel
Please pray for…
- HeartKids and their campaigns throughout the month of February
- Hannah’s continued good health
- For more people to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus, who provides eternal hope and comfort despite uncertainty, grief and death
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 1 Corinthians 4:16-18