Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis of premature birth. The March of Dimes invites bloggers like you to get involved.

• Learn about premature birth at

• Put a badge on your blog during November, Prematurity Awareness Month®

• On November 17, blog for a baby you love and to help others

We need to fight ― because babies shouldn’t have to.


When I look back on my thirty years and think about who I have learned the most from. I think about my daughter. My Morgan Kate. I have learned more from this precious little girl than I ever imagined. Her life, her birth, her spirit, her personality, her determination, have all taught me so many, many things.

I have learned to be a more patient person. I won't sit here and say that I have the whole patience thing figured out, but I do think I'm learning to be more patient in different sitations.

I have learned that life isn't always fair. It doesn't make me happy that this is true, but I've learned it and it's a fact.

I have learned more about prematurity that I ever wanted to know. But, it's information I will take with me for the rest of my life. And it's a cause I will fight for for the rest of my life.

I have learned that even the best planner can't possibly plan for everything. Things don't always go as expected or happen in your time or happen the way you thought they might should.

I have learned to be a more compassionate person. I think I've always been a fairly kind person, but since Morgan Kate's birth I have become much more compassionate and much more sensitive and much more accepting. You never know what the person next to you is experiencing or going through.

I have learned to appreciate everything. I get just as excited when Morgan Kate creates a turkey painting with her hand, as I do when she talks in sentences. I celebrate everything.

I have learned that everyone has their own cause and that's okay. Yes, my cause happens to be the March of Dimes and fighting prematurity. The March of Dimes conducted research that provided lifesaving medications and therapies for my daughter. But guess what? There are many, many other causes and many, many other reasons why people support those causes. Maybe they're like one of my best friends' mom who fought breast cancer. Or maybe they're fighting mulitple scolorosis. Muscular dystrophy. Alzeheimers. It doesn't matter the cause, it just matters that you have one and that you fight for it. 

I have learned to live each day to its fullest.

And I have learned that being Morgan Kate's mommy is the greatest gift I have ever been given. And I wouldn't trade even one day of it. 


jan kessler said...

Life isn't fair sometimes and the best planner cannot plan for everything, but the things we experience good or not so good can have an amazing ending with our amazing Heavenly Father. He knows how we can and will handle things even when we don't think we can. The things he brings us through make us stronger and more dependent on Him and of course that is a good thing. There are so many miracles and so many things we can be thankful for. I am thankful that You and Travis are made stronger through Morgan Kate and God enjoys seeing us all grow through one little special miracle who has touched so many lives.

Love you guys more and more each day.

Aunt Jan

and MaMa

Deni said...

I agree on a lot of what you learned. I am so thankful though that God uses these trials as ways for us to grow and testimony's so that we can reach out to others. I am glad I have met you and that Morgan Kate is doing well!