Monday, November 30, 2009


Happy Birthday Mason, our miracle baby! Wow you are 2 today!
Weighing in at 21 lbs........2 open heart surgeries, and many, many
other medical procedures later you've come a long way! You
were a beautiful little newborn baby, who came 3 weeks early,
weighed in at 5 lbs 5 0z, but had a slightly bluish grey coloring.
Little did we know that coloring was due to your heart condition
that would change your life forever (and ours). We had assumed
you were just quite bruised from your fast delivery into this world.

We were wrong about that, but we wouldn't trade you or the
lessons you have taught us this last year for anything!! (Well,
maybe now I would trade just a little bit of my heart ache
for a new heart for you, Mason! So, you could run and play
with all your siblings and cousins!!!)

This picture was when we brought Mason home the evening
of Dec 2, 2007. He was 2 days old and was held by each
of his siblings, which was dearly cherished later....when he
ended up spending the next 7 weeks in the hospital.

It was time to change Mason's O2 stickers and canula so I
snapped a few cute pictures of him riding his little horse.

Ammon is giving Mason some loves on the bean bag.
But, Mason seems worried he might get pushed off!

Mason still loves drinking water these days, just not a whole lot
anything else! Too bad I can't add some calories some how.

Not walking yet, but still loves jumping in his jumper.
His legs are finally getting some chubs, and getting
stronger too. He'll walk when he's ready.

Mason is taking it easy here, on Thanksgiving Day.

Mason and Daddy on Thanksgiving at Grandma's house.

Preston and Braiden are always looking for ways to
entertain Mason. He was pushed around in this cutie box
for hours. He laughed and laughed the whole time.

Here is Mason saying "rah". He does this all the time.
He thinks he is scaring us. He also does this late at night
when he should be sleeping...but he is saying
"come on, it's play time"!!

Mason loves talking on the phone. And he also found
a new spot in the house where he likes to sit
since winter hit Utah....on top of the heater vent.

A true 2 year old. If you notice the pencil he's chewing on...
before he put it to his mouth, he was coloring with it on the wall.

I want to thank Mason's Grandmas on this day also
for all their help they give our family:

Mason and Grandma Marilyn (Mark's Mom)

Mason and Grandma SanDee (My Mom)

Mason is always smiling!

Mason is sitting at the bar doing homework with the kids.

Dear Mason,
I want to tell you how much I love you!
It's more than words can express. I am so grateful to
our Heavenly Father for allowing me to be your
Mommy. I am so so happy this day has come to
celebrate with you your second birthday! A few months
ago when your prognosis was quite grim and devastating
I cried night after night not knowing if we would still have
you here on earth to celebrate this day! As I look back over
the last 2 years, I want to thank you for all you've taught me.
I've learned patience, endurance, faith, hope, love, the power
of prayer, and Heavenly Fathers Plan to higher degrees
than I could have ever imagined! I still have a lot more
to learn and I pray that you still have many more birthdays
here with you can continue to help me learn
life's lessons. Happy Birthday Miracle Mason!!!

Love, Mommy


The Simmons Family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MASON!!! You look so great and you are finally putting on some chub. We pray for you all the time and want you to know that we adore you!!!

You and your buddy Owen are SO much alike. Keep chomping on the ice and chugging the water and there is NO rush on the walking.

Hope you have the most wonderful Birthday ever!1

queenieweenie said...

What a wonderful day...celebrating his life is such a gift to us all.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday, Mason!! It has been so fun getting to know you (online). You are so brave and a very Big Boy! We pray for you everyday. Your momma is right... you are a miracle!


cici said...

Melt my heart.
Happiest of Birthdays little cherub!

Kaidence's Mommy said...

Happy Birthday Cute little guy! You reallly look great. Don't feel too bad about only wanting water to drink. Kaidence did the same dang thing to calories.

I hope that your day was wonderful and full of majic for you. We all send our love to you. You are getting so big!

Kyle and Alli said...

Go Mason!! I hope you all had fun celebrating together for this huge milestone!!

Jamie said...

Happy Birthday Mason!!! What a great thing to celebrate! I love the picture of him sitting on the heater vent...I remember doing that as a child! How cute!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday little guy! :)

Cason Clan said...

Happy Birthday! Ellie's Birthday is in ten days. It's amazing how much these things mean to us. To many more...

Becca-Ellie's mom

Mindi said...

Hooray for Mason! He is a miracle. These milestones help us take a minute to look back at all the GOOD these little ones bring into our lives. He is a gift to so many. xoxo.

Mindi (and McKay)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Mason! I follow your story on this blog and think of you often. You are truley a miracle and I look forward to reading about many more exciting milestones in your precious life.