The benefit concert for Paul Cardall was wonderful! We made a girls night out of it: me, Mom, Coke, Kelly, G-ma Maples, Brooke, Sylvia, Kori, and sweet little sleepy Sammie. We sat by Allana, Eric, Natalie, and her family. I got to talk to Michelle (Gracie's Mom), Mindi (McKay's Mom), Jessica (angel Issac's Mom), Ally (Grant's Mom)and ran into a few old friends. I looked for all you other heart families, but I couldn't see you, where were you... Hello?! My Mom and G-ma got there really early...first in line... to get us great seats...thanks ladies, I had to wait for Ryan to get home to watch the boys. I really enjoined all the performers, they were fun,emotional,touching,inspiring, and breath taking! I met Paul Cardall for the first time when I was in Young Women's, my favorite YM leader went to collage with him and had Paul come and do a fireside...I knew nothing about his heart. Then this past year when T was having his first surgery, I needed to cancel some dental appointments, after I told the receptionist my reason for canceling she told me, " Brytten I am so sorry, I don't know if you know Paul Cardall, but he is my nephew and he only has half a heart, he is 34 and married and has a little girl." I told her, "I think I know who he is, the pianist... right?" Well long story short every dental appointment since we have talked about Paul and his need for a heart. I finally got to meet Paul for the second time when he played at Gracie's funeral... I also got to meet his beautiful wife and his mother. I hugged his mom first because that is who I felt the biggest connection with... to go through all that we go through as heart mom's without other moms... I don't know how she did it. Both her and Paul gave me the best advice... "LET HIM RUN" ...meaning treat him normal and let him out of his bubble. That's when I decided it really is about QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. We look forward to a great summer...experiencing everything through Teagan's eyes! Paul is truly an inspiration to me...HE GIVES ME HOPE! No matter what happens to Paul, I know he has helped so many families with CHD'S. He has lived a wonderful life and now he lives as a example to our children and of course for Eden and his family! May our Father in Heaven answer all our prayers and let Paul LIVE FOR EDEN! With tear filled eyes...Thank you Paul for sharing your life with all of us, thanks for sharing your talent and friends and for letting us join in on this very personal journey...You deserve everything our Father has in store for you and your family! Coke, me, & my Mom...I wish we could have got a picture of everyone we came with. Michele, Mindi, & me chatting before the show. Me & Michele Me & Paul's Mom Paul Playing Gracie's Song
Attitude is everything. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, because life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain.