This is Mala. My daughter’s favorite stuffed animal. Other than that monkey she’s beating up in the background. I got Mala in 2011 as a gift while I was in the hospital fighting for my life. Mala. Short for Malaria. After living in West Africa for a year. For a good 48 hours, we had no idea if I would live. I was in the ICU in Boston’s best teaching hospital with a 106 fever, seizures, multiple organs failing, and 20% of my blood toxic with parasites. The staff was at a loss. How do we treat this? A years worth of anti-malarial drugs. Fail. 6 blood transfusions. Fail. 9 rounds of experimental chemo. It was the scariest moment of my life. Well, the second moment. Because you see, when my daughter was born, she looked me in the eye for about 10 seconds, and then I watched her fade away. Before I knew it she was in the resuscitation room and off to the NICU for a couple weeks. I was barely hanging on myself. After the worst month of our lives, we finally brought our sweet girl home. I gave her this bear. As a comforter, but also as a reminder. You are a survivor, Siena boo. You are stronger than you know. You can suffer through difficult seasons, and learn to be resilient all your life. This is my prayer for you! That this little bear would always be a reminder that your life has purpose. That though life is fragile, you are fierce and can do great things. BE great things. Believe and fight for beautiful things to be seen and experienced in this world! 💕#worldchanger#historymaker
I’ve spent years hoping for the right person to come along, a person to start and end life with. After all of my trial & errors, I found you. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. You’ve made me a better person and not a day goes by that we don’t learn from and grow with each other. We’ve waited a whole year to end this long distance relationship and now we’ll be together every single day. It was definitely worth the wait & I couldn’t be happier. We make a perfect team. So here’s to us, One year of love, laughter, annoyance, distance, adventure, and memories. I can’t wait for many more years and growing old with you. I love you to the ends of the earth. ❥😍
🏠 we did it! Our handsome blue home passed inspection! Swipe through to go back in time and see how far she’s come. 💙
The project took about a year and involved cutting out and re-pouring the front 2/3 of the foundation (now with 30-foot pilings and rebar), rebuilding the bottom half (now with more windows and a cute front door), and adding radiant floor heating and a staircase that effectively doubles the usable space. Pictures of the inside to come.