Dear Shannon, Tomorrow, June 19, 2020 officially ends my maternity leave with you. As you will come to know, your start to life was a journey and your arrival on earth was at quite an eventful time. Between the Global Pandemic that changed the landscape of the outside world we navigated, to your Daddy’s second … More Dear Shannon, It is the End of Maternity Leave
Our little family’s welcome of Shannon and my maternity leave has included some pretty intense events: global pandemic and civil unrest – we also threw in a double lung transplant – and it has been unusual. My heart has felt such surges of highs and lows. Life altering events that have proved challenging but also … More Possible in the Impossible
Two Friday’s ago I was waiting an update on Danny’s tracheotomy procedure. It had been decided that since the lungs looked good and working well, it was Dan’s ability to use them that was causing some dip in oxygen level, a trach would help him be consistent with breathing. Plus it would allow the removal … More Is Your Daughter’s Name Shannon?
Hi friends! Thank you all so much for keeping up with us on social media as we face transplant number 2. Danny was in patient when the call for lungs came through Sunday, May 10 around 3pm. Surgery was started at 5am on Monday, May 11 and as of today Danny is actively fighting through … More Double Lung Transplant During a Global Pandemic
This post I wrote over the course of the last few weeks prior to Danny getting lungs earlier this week. As he is in the ICU without family and sometimes too weak or in too much pain to talk – this sentiment continues to hold true. Having to keep our life upright alone has been … More How Bout them Cowgirls?
Introducing our little girl Shannon Lowry Bessette! On March 26 at 1:09AM Danny and I welcomed our baby into this world. This little girl has been prayed for, dreamt about, and worked very hard for and we could not be more thrilled that God was gracious and blessed us with this little life. We look … More Introducing Shannon Lowry Bessette
My word for 2020 is joy and to think I chose it with a whole bunch of different reasons, and yet the way life has demanded a focus on joy for the world has been crazy. Who knew?? Courtesy of Blue Chair Blessings via Mix and Match Mama March 2020 In 2019, my word “hope” … More Joy for 2020
They had finished the transplant. The surgeon came out with a huge smile on his face and said things looked great. We had to wait a bit, but it wouldn’t be long until we could see Danny. Eventually we all suited up- myself, my parents, Dan’s parents and his cousin. We could finally see him … More National Marriage Week – We Celebrated a Little Different
Over the last year Dan’s health has been a battle and yet this still feels a little shocking. But it’s here, it’s time, & Danny needs a second double lung transplant. The reasons for this rejection are varied. Most likely it was aspiration- stomach juices getting into the lungs- and the surgery last February to … More It’s Time: Transplant #2
Happy New Year’s Eve friends! I hope this evening finds you enjoying yourself, reflecting on your blessings and feeling optimistic about a new year…. heck a whole new decade!! We are at home still in recovery mode and taking it easy. Saying good bye to 2019 and welcoming 2020 tucked away in our little spot … More 2019