Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

LOVE! February 21, 2013


Thank you for sharing your love with me during this past Valentine’s Day! Three of the children, that are shown in these portraits, are heart children. These three have had some BIG time complicated open heart surgeries. One of these children, is waiting for a heart transplant! 12 years ago, having my own heart child, that had open heart surgery at just 6 weeks of age, I can relate to these moms, and each of these children, what a great pleasure to bring out their personalities!

One of my darling friends, is post 25 years, since her heart transplant. She taught me years ago, that having a heart condition, not everyone realizes that it can take so much energy to do the daily tasks. She would sometimes encounter strangers that would mock her when she used a motorized wheelchair that was available to be used in a big store, like Costco or Wal-mart. These strangers, felt that she might be abusing the opportunity for someone else to use the device, who might of been more sicker than her. What a good reminder to me, that we shouldn’t judge, and we should look to the good in others!

“Be proud, of your scars”…it shows what these children have endured, and their strength to overcome,and these scars or in many cases known as “Zippers” to our heart children, represent so much more than the surgeries they have come through. It represents our tears, our worries, our prayers, the many doctor and specialist appointments, the many people that come and go in and out of our lives, the nurses, the echogram technologists, social workers, and of course, our hope for them to live a fulfilled life, as long as they can! In the words, of one of my favourite songs, by Mindy Gledhill, “All About Your Heart“…and was actually written for Stephanie Nielson, of the nie nie dialogues, who survived a fiery plane crash.

“Oh, I’ve loved you from the start
In every single way
And more each passing day
You are brighter than the stars
Believe me when I say
It’s not about your scars
It’s all about your heart”



11 Responses to “LOVE!”

  1. Cherilyn H Says:

    Love the words of that song. 🙂 And these pictures are adorable!

  2. Patricia Knight Says:

    Awesome story. My step-sister had open heart surgery at the age of 6 months. That was nearly 38 years ago. And thankfully she did not listen to doctors, she followed her heart, when they said she shouldn’t have children because the stress would be too much on her heart. She has been blessed with three beautiful children. 🙂

    • So good that your step-sister did so well, with having heart surgery, so many years ago, when it was very new! Amazing, that she did have 3 children, as it can be hard on their hearts! Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Danyel Rogers Says:

    So beautiful. Life is such a treasure!

  4. Audrey Says:

    This is so special, I love how they are called zippers, what a fabulous idea to help those sweethearts understand. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Natalie Says:

    Great song! And such beautiful photos for some really strong little ones!

  6. Melissa Berg Says:

    Such a beautiful collage!! Bless those children!

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