Regional Birthright Conference

I had the privilege of sharing Matthew’s story at the Regional Birthright Conference today. It was such an honor, and so great to be there!  I couldn’t have asked for a warmer, more welcoming audience. Thanks for inviting me, Birthright!

As promised, here are the links I mentioned today during the presentation: is an excellent resource for any parents facing an adverse prenatal diagnosis.  It is full of stories from parents who refused abortion, even when facing devastating medical circumstances.  It offers support and encouragement for parents who face any kind of medical issues with their baby during pregnancy.

Raising A Boy Who Wasn’t Supposed to Live is the article about Matthew that was published on the “What to Expect When You are Expecting” website, and viewed over one million times.

Matthew’s Miracle: The Healing of a Broken Heart is a more complete version of Matthew’s story.

Thank you again for having me today.  If you have any questions or comments for me, please feel free to contact me at:


Turn Around, and You’re Eight!

Oh my!  Has it really been a year since my last post?  I guess I have been too busy living life to blog about it!

Matthew the Miracle turned EIGHT this week!  When the boys asked Matthew, “What kind of birthday do you want?,” and gave him options such as “race car birthday, pirate birthday, glow-stick birthday, balloon birthday…” he replied, “Church birthday!  Father-David!” We were able to start his day of celebration with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr. David. I love this kid’s heart, and he has already taught us so much. I can’t wait to see what else God has planned for his life!


Our mission for this birthday was to find a bicycle Matthew could ride.  He has long outgrown our little tricycle, and never liked the feeling of the balance-bike.  Even a bike with training wheels felt too unsteady for him, and he would give up.  We needed something fun, exciting, steady, and easy to pedal and steer.  We looked at adaptive tricycles made for children with special needs, but with price tags of $2K-$6K, those were out of the question!

Then, we found the Mobito on  It was exactly what wemobito were looking for.  It fits Matthew perfectly on the smallest setting, and will be able to grow with him for many years.  It looks so “cool,” and is so fun to ride, that all of the other kids beg for a turn on it, too!

Matthew is growing up in so many way.  His speech is becoming clearer and clearer, and he is now able to sound out simple words in addition to reading over 50 sight-words.  We are so proud!

Happy 7th Birthday, Matthew!

Today, we celebrated Matthew’s 7th birthday.

IMG_1736 - Version 2I finally made a birthday cake that suited his palate, and he ate it happily.  This was also the first year that he anticipated his birthday weeks in advance, and really looked forward to the big day.

He is such a gift.  He is full of the purest love an joy, and we wouldn’t trade him for the world.

Happy 7th birthday, my sweetheart!

Annual Cardiology Check-Up


Matthew had his annual cardiologist today.  He gets to have an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and a visit with the specialist once every year.

Remember his mitral regurgitation (leaky valve)?  Last year, it was “moderate,” and they wanted to watch it closely.  This year, it is “trivial.”

And that pin-hole between his ventricles that they were watching?  It is gone!

In fact, his little heart is doing so well, we can now go 2 years between cardiology check-ups.


Not too bad for “zero percent chance of survival….”

. . .

There is so much going on around here … so much to write about.  New house, new baby, new puppy, new flock of chickens, new routines … I apologize that I don’t keep this blog very well updated.  For now, just taking care of my children and my family takes all of my time and energy.  At the end of the day, I can barely form a complete thought, let alone write one down!  But, we are very, very blessed, and for now, it is enough.  Patient readers, thank you for continuing to care about our precious little boy and our family.  I will update when I can.  


Introducing: Nathan Timothy

I’d like you to meet someone!

Nathan Timothy surprised us by arriving three weeks early – just in time to be the first baby of 2014 in Walla Walla!


7lbs, 2oz

20 inches long

8:16pm, 01/01/14

We are both doing very well.  Image

Nathan is a popular guy, adored by all of his older siblings. 


In fact, Kaylie is pretty sure that he belongs to her.Image



When we called home to tell the kids that Nathan had been born, Jesse said, “I don’t really care for that name.  May I call him John?”  Now, he says he has gotten used to the name and is o.k. calling him Nathan or Nate.


The “first baby of the year” gets a lot of attention in our community.  Our local newspaper ran a front-page article about him, which you can read here:


Enjoy the pictures.  I’m going to get back to some sweet newborn snuggles now …


Exciting News!

I know what you’re thinking: “She has already told us that she’s pregnant!”

This is a different kind of exciting news.

Our Summer/Fall adventures have kept me incredibly busy.  I apologize for the lack of writing lately. (But, I have big plans to fill you in, including lots of great, entertaining stories and adorable pictures!)


However, even though my blog has been quiet, Matthew’s story is getting the biggest press it has ever received.

A couple months ago, an editor from the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” website asked me to write a post for their blog.  He said they receive over 7 million visitors each month, so I knew this was my chance to have Matthew’s story seen by a very large audience!  The article was published on Wednesday.  Here is the link:

Raising a Boy Who Wasn’t Supposed to Live

After I shared it on facebook, Diane Grover from the International Down Syndrome Coalition told me that this was a very big deal!  She said it was only a few years ago that she wrote to the editors of “What to Expect” to ask that the portion of the book that talked about aborting children with Down syndrome be removed.  She said they did change later editions of the book, but publishing Matthew’s story shows that they have come a long way.

Then, the IDSC shared the article on their facebook page, and within a day it received over 1600 “likes” and was shared more than 120 times from their page alone.  I am overwhelmed and humbled by the response to his story.  I wish the “What to Expect” editors could see all of the facebook comments!

One of Matthew’s prayer warriors, Benedict, prayed that Matthew would live “so that others could see the Glory of God through him.”

As Matthew’s story is read by thousands of new eyes this week, all I can say is “To God be the Glory!”