Tales of the Toot

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Sterling Silver “Aiden’s Cross” Pendant Giveaway!!! January 25, 2010

"Aiden's Cross" designed by Sterling Grace Jewelry

I am so happy announce my very first giveaway!! This giveaway is awesome for several reasons: 

  1.  A beautiful sterling silver pendant that retails for $58.
  2.   The pendant, “Aiden’s Cross” is a specialty item designed for and named after my son, Aiden to help promote awareness of the rare medical disorder he suffers from: AHUS (Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome).
  3.  Proceeds from the sale of “Aiden’s Cross” are distributed to the University of Iowa to help fund research for AHUS.

For more information about Aiden and AHUS visit the Aiden’s Cross Website. You can buy your Aiden’s Cross at the Sterling Grace Jewelry Website

 

Entering to win is easy! 

  • First, become a Tales of the Toot follower by email and then visit www.aidenscross.com . Leave me a comment (on this blog: Tales of the Toot) telling me how you would help spread the word about this ultra-rare disorder and/or what you learned about AHUS. If you are already a follower, let me know that in your comment! 🙂 This is required to enter-1 entry.

Extra Entries 

  • Follow me on Twitter @AidensCross. (Please leave a comment letting me know you are a new follower or if you are already following). – 1 entry
  • Tweet about this giveaway. – 2 entries/1 Tweet per day max credit
  • Follow Tales of the Toot on FB’s Networked Blogs. Leave me a separate comment letting me know you did this. -1 entry
  • Visit the Sterling Grace Website and let me know what your favorite piece is. -1 entry
  • Post my giveaway on your blog. (Leave me a comment with the link) -3 entries!!
  • Visit one other post at Tales of the Toot and leave a comment. -1 entry

 To receive credit for all entries please leave a separate comment/associated link for each task you complete.  

The winner will be selected by Random.org on Monday, February 1st at 2:00p.m. CST and will be notifed by email. If you are the winner, you will be given 48 hours to claim your prize before a new winner is selected. 

Thanks so much!  

Good luck! 

~Christy~

 

3 people you meet in the hospital… January 7, 2010

We have spent way more than our fair share of time in the hospital over the past 2 years. Although living in the hospital is NOT my preference, it has allowed us to encounter some of the most wonderful people. Here are the 3 people you meet in the hospital.

1) The Angel — aka the nurse. This is not any or every nurse, but the one who reaches out to you. The one who loves and takes care of your child as if they were his/her own. The one that cares not only for your child, but for you. Some of the wisest words ever spoken to me were from the mouths of these angels. They are truly heaven-sent and I thank God for them. (We love you Grandma A and Debbie!)

2) The Other Mother – This is the one that has been there as long (or longer) than you. The one who REALLY knows what it’s like to live with a sick child…the one that you can hear say “Just trust God” and believe that they know what they are talking about. The only one that can get away with telling you “It will be okay”…because they know it will be okay, they have been there, they are there and they are invaluable as a source of inspiration and comfort. (Much love to you, Heidi!)

3)The Dr – I pray that you are as fortunate as we have been. We are blessed to have been surrounded by doctors who not only are excellent at what they do, but have a real heart and love for the kids they treat. Our doctors have been encouraging while remaining honest; have never given us false hope but have never given up and have laughed and cried with us. They love Aiden, they love what they do…and it shows. (Many thanks to the ICU staff of Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, the surgeons and the ARCH group…and of course Dr. Q )

If we have learned anything, it is that God is always present. On days when I just couldn’t quite feel his presence and didn’t quite know what to say God always had someone ready to minister to me in the way that I needed. I thank Him for that and feel so very blessed to call the “people you meet in the hospital” friends and family.

 

A Place for Mama… December 11, 2009

….welcome back to where it all started….. Tales of the Toot was my very first blogging experience and it was such an important outlet for me as well as a great way to keep others informed of what was going on with Aiden (our little Toot) while we were spending so much time in the hospital.

 But I have missed having somewhere to share my musings, my thoughts, my experiences. I try to keep Aiden’s site (www.aidenscross.com) and his associated blog, pretty much just about Aiden and keep my personal thoughts/feelings out of it. I miss having that! So here I am!! Back to blog as I wish and decided to keep the name: Tales of the Toot. As much of my day revolves around my little man I am sure there will be many tales of the Tootster here, but this will also be my place: to share my thoughts, prayers, feelings, opinions, etc. 

Of course we always think we have important things to share…but I truly believe God has given me Aiden, and the trials in my life for a reason. If not to share, to make a difference somewhere for some other mama, then what for? Surely God can and will make good of everything. Even the incurable and “ultra” rare disease can be used for good.

I have a heart for mothers. All mothers, but especially those dealing with an ill child. I also have a heart for the mother-less. I know what it is like to feel like you have no one to mother you; what it’s like to be afraid that you will not know how to mother as a result of your upbringing. I also know that God has given us everything we need to overcome those fears and I know first hand that God provides us with “spiritual” mothers when our natural mothers will not or cannot fullfil their roles. I pray that one day God will use me as a spiritual mother to someone who needs it and I thank Him for my own spiritual family. They were and are so very important to me.

All of that to say this….I’m not sure exactly where this blog may go. But it is mine! For those of you interested only in Toot news, please continue to follow his progress at www.aidenscross.com. There will be a great mix of Aiden here but also personal stuff on me and my journey as his mother.

Can’t wait to see where this blog takes us……

In Him,

Christy