Happy 7th Birthday Landon- I love an ALMOST

Many of you long time readers know the story of Landon. If you don't you can read it here: Landon's Birth Story.

In a nutshell, Landon was born with a blood clot in his arm, had a stroke, and was in the hospital for 52 days. We almost lost him. He almost had brain damage. And he almost lost his arm.

BUT HE DIDN'T.

Instead Landon went from this....



To this.


I love an almost. It just let's me know that God is working for us. He was at the hospital before we got there, he was there when we had our emergency C section, and he was there for 52 days after. He's still there.

Back then I could hardly imagine Landon as a 7 year old. Back then I didn't know when we were getting out of the hospital, how I would care for him, or what his prognosis would be. I felt like I would collapse. I almost broke under the pressure. Instead friends and family were there to rescue us.

There are challenges ahead. Landon's arm is growing at a slower rate than we hoped. We are now going to have to explore bone lengthening surgery. When I think about that I almost start crying. But then I look at Landon, how happy he is, how full of life and love he is. And I know we'll make it through.

I'm so proud to be Landon's Mom. I learn so much from him about forgiveness, and what perfection really is.

So if you have something you are barely holding on for. Feeling like you almost might not make it. Remember: I love an almost. And God does too.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

-Damn I love that boy!

-Mr.

PaperCourtPress said...

What a cutie! Happy birthday to Landon.

sfitzg2 said...

Happy Birthday Landon!

Leslie Swan said...

Happy birthday to Landon! Such a great post...so inspiring!

KatiePerk said...

Happy birthday Landon!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Landon!!!

ANYA said...

I have been reading your wonderful blog for a long time now and remember Landon from Mommy and Me. You were there for me when my son was diagnosed with Autism. You immediately gave me business cards of speech therapists. I knew that you "got it" and understood what it was to experience a "special need" for your child. You were sensitive and warm. My son now plays piano, tennis, karate and swimming. The most amazing thing happened last week! My son asked me where the little boy with the different arm was!!! A son whose most challenging deficit is social awareness asked me about another child from his past - and that was Landon!!! I want to wish sweet Landon an AMAZING 7th Birthday and celebrate your amazing Motherhood for the past 7 years!! Love another Mom who ADORES her "Almost" and celebrates her son - Anya

Maureen said...

Happy Birthday, Landon! So beautifully written.

Anonymous said...

Amazing story, amazing Landon, special Mom....thank you for the words. Happy Birthday to Landon.

linda said...

Happy birthday to your handsome son!!!!
-linda,ny

The Bite Sized Chef said...

Landon's Shark Cake was one of my favorite cakes that I've done. It has now received the most hits on my site.

Cindy

The Bite Sized Chef

Kate said...

How is he 7?! He was just a baby! Happy birthday to Landon!