So I started a long rambling post filled with all of the heart stopping quotes we got from doctors over Gracie's life in an attempt to portray how wonderful this day is to my family, but decided that there is absolutely no need to bring up anything negative on such a wonderful day. I'll admit I've secretly held in my head this day as the day that I would know that things are going to be alright. I started to attempt to put into works how much this little girl has brought to my life and realized that I can't say it any better than my wife did today on Gracie's Caring bridge site, so I thought I would share her words as well as a beautiful montage she put together for her birthday:
"One year ago, I wasn't sure what our future with Gracie would be. I wasn't sure if, in the future, today was going to be a happy day or a sad day. I am so excited and humbled and amazed and thrilled that today will forever be a happy day. Our Gracie is ONE today! It has been a ROLLERCOASTER of a year - as you all know. We have learned SO, SO much about heart defects, hospitals, support from others and celebrating what you have. We would never have learned these things without going through this journey. And we have met the most amazing people. People who are walking the same road we are walking have quickly gone from strangers to close friends. People from all over the country - some who we have never even met in person - have become an amazing support system. Strangers have come out of the woodwork to help people they have never even met, just because Gracie's story touched them. Doctors and nurses have worked tirelessly to take care of Gracie in her sickest moments and give us comfort when we were most scared. And, of course, our friends and familly have been there for us every step of the way. We could not ask for more than what we have this year. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are VERY aware of all that we have to be thankful for.
Happy Birthday, Gracie Jo! You are loved more than you will ever know!
Here is a video we put together for her first year..."