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jessmith

Puyallup, Washington
Roger and Jesse Smith welcomed Lukas Scott into our lives in January of 2007. He came into this world with only one ventricle, but with incalculable lessons to teach those who love him. Luke was born with a congenital heart defect, diagnosed at 20 weeks in utero with a missing right... Full Bio
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It's a big zoo by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Two weeks after a pretty hefty heart procedure, Luke hopped on a bus with the rest of the first graders and headed to Pt. Defiance Zoo for his end-of-the-year field trip. ... Read on »
Cath results by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It's a day like Tuesday, a day where prayer was so specifically answered, that cements for me this: The God of the Bible is a God that cares about the details of my life. ... Read on »
MRI ... check; stress test ... canceled; catheterization ... SOON by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health We were supposed to have Luke's exercise test on Monday but he decided to not only get a cold a week before (which would totally skew the results since being sick impacts h ... Read on »
It's really not my job, as much as I think I want it by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health It's become clear to me that jumping rope is pretty popular in the first grade. It's happening at recess, in P.E., and a jump rope club is starting up on Thursday mornings. ... Read on »
Step by baby step by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Okay. We had a cardiology appointment a couple of weeks ago and subsequently a few more are now penciled in on the calendar. His appointment was on a Wed ... Read on »
Theoretics by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health The Fontan conversation picked up again these past couple of weeks. Between our old cardiologist and us; between us as Luke's mom and dad; between us and God. The las ... Read on »
Another biggie conversation by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Thursdays are the craziest day of the week for our family. At the same time Luke and Roger are heading off to school, I take Laney down to her sitter's house so I can go in ... Read on »
Decisions, decisions by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Clearly it's not Sophie's choice ... but every time I leave Luke's most recent cardiology appointment, I feel myself shouldering more of a burden for the decision of when t ... Read on »
"I really scared" by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Well. There He goes again, taking my worries and my "what-ifs" and throwing them out the window. How many times on this blog alone have I gone through the process of ... Read on »
Finishing strong by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Today is the last day of summer. Tomorrow my "baby" starts full-day school. We have played hard this summer and although I know I'll appreciate the structure school gives u ... Read on »
THE Talk by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health For as much as we've wrestled with the wheres, the hows, and whens to tell Luke about his heart defect, God made it very clear this past week it was time for the conversati ... Read on »
"I happy now" by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health In the past few months, we have had to start implementing some discipline techniques for our sweet daughter. Our sweet daughter who is finding her voice and using it to say ... Read on »
Sat check by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I woke up really early on Wednesday. Early even for me, an earlybird. I tried to go back to sleep but after several futile minutes, decided to just start my run earlier tha ... Read on »
Hula-dancing graduate by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Luke is only a kindergartner for 7 more days. As of June 18, he will officially be a first-grader, going to school full day. If only he weren't such a sad kindergarten ... Read on »
What's in a Name, Part III* by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My blog-world turned real-life friend, Angie, is down from Alaska right now at Seattle Children's hospital. Her five-year-old daughter, Natalie just had her Fontan Thursday ... Read on »
23 months, 4 weeks by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My email pinged with a notification from BabyCenter.com. It was the last newsletter of my baby's "babyhood". I have told Laney multiple times over the past weeks that she i ... Read on »
All for naught by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Luke's 2nd trimester report card came home with him last week. It is broken down into multiple areas of assessment, and each area is rated from 1-4. The report card conclud ... Read on »
Cardiology 4-1-1 by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Overall, I would give our appointment yesterday an A-. In school, I didn't like A minuses and I don't really like them today. But I am choosing to focus on the good! ... Read on »
Cardiology tomorrow by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Luke's sitting next to me on our home computer, playing on disneyjunior.com. A friend from school just left a few minutes ago. As "normal" as this moment is, tomorrow morni ... Read on »
Self-unaware by jessmith Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health In my last blog, I posted this picture of Luke, taken while we were in the ER a couple weeks ago This is not the norm. Luke talks very little about his "superma ... Read on »