Apollo and Josiah
For years I’ve been attending Above Rubies Retreats down in Olympia, WA. And for years, Nicole has been doing registration (more often than not with a baby in a sling or a toddler at her side). We’d say polite hellos and enjoy our weekend.
Just after Apollo’s first birthday, Nicole’s son Josiah was born. Chuck and I were in the thick of trying to discover the root of Apollo’s health issues. Meanwhile, when Josiah was just two weeks old he got sick and Nicole realized something was very, very wrong. That day she learned that Josiah has some very serious problems with his heart. An urgent email was sent out, and I prayed for Nicole’s sweet baby boy. Holding my own son in my arms, I couldn’t imagine being told my child had heart problems.
When Apollo was diagnosed with a double aortic arch at 18 months, I emailed Nicole. We discovered our boys were scheduled to have heart surgery on the very same day…by the very same two surgeons! Dr. C did Josiah’s surgery, assisted by Dr. K. They then switched places and Dr. K did Apollo’s surgery assisted by Dr. C.
Seriously…what are the chances? And the two boys had rooms side by side in the Cardiac ICU. It was so nice to have a familiar face in the hospital.
Today is Josiah’s first birthday and yesterday we headed down to his house to celebrate.
Nicole’s husband had these cool flying lanterns. They were a huge hit.
Hanging out around the campfire.
Dude, recovery from heart surgery is a real drag, isn’t it?
Happy Birthday, Josiah!