Saturday, December 12, 2015
Saturday, February 8, 2014
As I sit here and watch this beautiful blond haired blue eyed almost 3 year old proudly toddle herself around her glorious world, a piece of my heart breaks..... Her name is Tatiana and tonight, I feel very close to her. She is Olivia's Mother. I know many of you will correct me and tell me that I am her Mother but Tatiana is the one that carried her, loved her and nourished her for 38 weeks. She gave her life and loved her enough to courageously walk out of that hospital on February 9, 2011, alone. She knew Olivia needed more than she could give her and only the heart of a true mother could go through that much hurt. It's because of this, I will forever share my cherished role as Olivia's Mother with this amazing woman. I have had the very special privilege of being in contact with Olivia's birthfather and I'm comforted tonight by the fact that he knows how much she is loved and that she will be celebrated over the next two days like the princess she was born to be! Olivia's parents wanted her. They loved her. They gave her the name Olga. They baptized her and devoted her life to Jesus. They gave her away not because she wasn't perfect. They gave her away because they did not have the means to care for her. They knew of the hopes of international adoption and held tightly to their faith knowing God would step in. And he did just that!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Very early on in this terrifying Cancer journey it was difficult to see this "Big Plan" that everyone spoke of. How in the world did a plan so grand take the most beautiful perfect child and physically destroy her? Not a day went by that I didn't beg him to come up with something different. An altered plan, one that didn't involve the pain and heartbreak of Chemotherapy and it's wicked side effects.
This chapter of our crazy lives is coming to a beautiful end.. We thank you all for all everything you have done to help us along the way! The meals, the childcare, the carpooling the shoulders to cry on and most of all, the prayers! Our beautiful Chloe Bea will be home for good in a few weeks and what a celebration that will be! See you all on the other end of the Cancer journey... The SURVIVORS end!!!
Here's a few more pictures of our last weeks home together!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
...would still be alone. The thought of that breaks my heart. Nothing about the last 28 months of life for the Herrington family is a coincidence. The good, bad, and the ugly; it was all part of a heavenly fairy tale with the most glorious of happy endings... Olivia's story has touched endless lives and sharing her with the world has proven to be an inspiration for many more Fairy Tale endings... Enjoy her incredible beauty...
As for Miss Chloe, what can I say? She's doing great and spreading happiness throughout the world, LITERALLY!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Happy Halloween! It truly was a happy day. A tad nontraditional but happy none the less. Surprisingly, there was not one single moment of sadness today. Sure, it stung a little waving to my tiny gnome through the window as my elevator door closed, but catching her 2000th kiss and seeing her smiling eyes peek above her mask made it all okay somehow. Chloe is my strength, my rock, my complete and total sunshine. She is the reason that I am able to catch my breath every morning as I drive into that hospital parking lot. I learned from Chloe early on in this seemingly impossible journey that not even something a huge as cancer stands a chance in Hell when it comes to the joy that this beautiful angel spreads. She is contagious, addictive, unbelievably unforgettable and her wicked dance moves are not be reckoned with. She has danced her way into the hearts and souls of pretty much every staff member at Kaiser. From the house keeping crew to the oncologists, she has truly changed lives... Including mine. Her spirit cannot be broken so I have no choice but to hang on and ride out the storm with my girl and ya know what???? It's proven to be the most "perfect storm". Scary and completely unpredictable but absolutely perfect all the same. Believe me, I have had serious words with my main man upstairs. I have thrown myself on the floor of that hospital room on several occasions and pleaded with him to find some other way to execute his "plan". Any plan that involves his most perfect creation violently vomiting blood can't be a productive one. Right? Honestly, I haven't even come close to being able to answer the, "why my Chloe Lord", but I have made peace with the fact that Chloe is exactly where she needs to be for exactly the right reasons. I'm confident that it will all be crystal clear soon enough and I'm willing to wait... So is Chloe!
She is doing great! She handling the Chemotherapy like the warrior she has always been and she is blowing everyone away with her strength. Round 3 is starting on Friday and on Monday we will be officially halfway there! Sadly it looks as though we may be in the hospital through February but that's okay. We are doing just fine!
Miss Livvy Mae is absolutely amazing! She is growing up so fast and reaching those milestones like a rockstar! She will be cruising around in no time and I don't even want to imagine life with the two of them running through my house! I can't wait!!
Halloween took on a whole new meaning this year... Witnessing Livvy enjoying her very first Trick or Treating experience tonight was an incredible gift. Wow! Think about her last Halloween:( I did and it brought tears to my eyes. Happy tears! My sweet, sweet cheetah Girl!
Hopefully I'm getting back into the blogging groove! Time will tell:) I do have a Facebook page called Chloe's Corner that I do daily updates and post TONS of pictures on. Please find us and join in!
Monday, October 8, 2012
She is amazing and handling the chemotherapy like the warrior princess we all knew she was!
Now for Miss Livvy Mae!!! To say she is thriving would be a huge understatement... She is absolutely the joy of our lives! 3 months ago she couldn't hold her head up without support and today she is crawling around the house and getting into everything!
Chloe and Livvy are the best of friends and we cannot wait for the day when we bust her out of this hospital!
I promise to try and update again soon..