Our Girl Raven

Little Soccer Player

Little Soccer Player

Raven Feeds Herself While Doing Homework

Winter Dance

Daddy's Tiny Dancer

Tiny Dancer

Our Favorite Fishing Hole

Raven At Sunset

Taken Last Month

Backyard Fun

Agent "R" fights space invaders with a pink pistol.

Today I want to focus my blog entry on our daughter Raven. She was born full term, but only a whopping 2lbs. and 8.3 inches in length on October 7th, 2000.

I would like to say it was one of the best days of my life, but that’s difficult to do. Raven was loved from moment we knew she existed. I don’t want anyone to have any misconceptions about that.

But on the day she was born, the doctors told us she would most likely die. She came into this world tiny, limp, without a heart beat. She was not breathing. We were advised to “give her a name before she died”.

It was eerie and quiet in the room as the doctors and specialists worked over her tiny lifeless body to jump-start her heart. When they got a rhythm, she was whisked away from us before we could hold/touch her.

Within a few hours, we learned that she had black hair, and the name Raven came to be.  There were more terrible things that took place within a 48 hr. time span, and Raven did not leave the hospital for the first 100 days of her precious life. When I have more time and not as many photos, I will go into more detail of that day.

But today is for bragging rights alone. She is a beautiful, intelligent, and fierce. I have never seen a more determined child and am always amazed at her strength despite her health issues. I feel sorry for those who underestimate her.

Thanks for taking the time to look at photos of our girl.  Tomorrow I have some sewing progress to show.

It’s almost Friday!!! YES!

Special AGENT "R" MIB

Silly Big Sister!


About designerdenise

Married, living out in Hawaii with 3 children and loving life.
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9 Responses to Our Girl Raven

  1. Connie says:

    And we are all blessed and better people for knowing and loving her! Raven is an inspiration to many because of her strength and because she truly lives life to its fullest.

  2. Connie says:

    And Bless you and Jon both for making her life possible and not giving up during the hard times. She gets her strength from God, but both of you as well. We love Raven!

  3. Abby says:

    She’s so delicate and beautiful! And very strong and determined at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I always love Raven’s wonderful videos when you post them; such a sparkling, amazing child! It’s nice to read a bit of back story and to see your family pictures. One day I would love to meet you all.

  5. Becky says:

    Please add me to the “want to meet your family list” too. 🙂

    I am always inspired by the posts about Raven’s strength and joy of life.
    Blessings to your sweet girl and family!♥

  6. I wish you could both be out here for the night festival at Fosters Botanical Gardens on the 17th. It’s a medieval theme and the prizes for the children games are plants instead of plastic toys. Wouldn’t that be fun!

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