There are two ways to look at life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is.”                                                                                                 ~Albert Einstein

I used this quote for our very first Hump Day Giveaway [before it had an official name and everything], but I thought it was the perfect one for today as well.

Yesterday, little Stellan had an ablation on his heart. It was one of those days when I could hardly think of anything else as we all waited, once again, to see how he would do. I was grateful that he made it through surgery ok, disappointed that everything couldn’t be fixed, relieved that enough was done to still give hope.

I won’t go into too much technical mumbo-jumbo… I wouldn’t be able to do it all justice. In a nutshell, some of the electrical pathway that was causing his heart to beat dangerously fast was able to be destroyed. Because of where the pathway was located, they couldn’t finish the job without causing too much damage to the heart, but they did get about 65% of the job done. And now we wait. Either it was enough to keep him out of SVT [high heart rate] or it wasn’t. If it wasn’t, the hope is that it was enough to make it so meds will work until he’s older and can have a pacemaker put in. If that’s not the case, he may need another surgery sooner rather than later.

So, again, we wait and see. And trust. And believe in miracles for the little man.

Hence, the quote for today’s canvas… the doctors technically call his surgery a failure because only 65% of the ablation was done. I call it a miracle. Every last little bit of it.

They didn’t think he would live in utero. He did. = Miracle.
They didn’t think he’d be healthy when he was born. He was. = Miracle.
They thought he was too young to do surgery. He lives. = Miracle.

People from all over the globe are praying for this little boy. When so many are preoccupied with their own hardships, they are laying down their own worries to rally behind a child. Some have criticized Jennifer, Stellan’s mom, for accepting donations and help… I think, on the contrary, that it’s a beautiful testament to the human condition that people are moved to support a family they’ve never met, simply because they need it. One little boy, who has no idea what is going on in his own body let alone the impact he has on the world, made it through a surgery so he can live another day.


I know people are going through their own struggles, but when your life seems overwhelming today, stop for a minute and realize that you aren’t even aware of your own heart beating. It’s of no concern to you… because it’s doing its job without being asked. That’s a miracle. Everything is. We just have to remember to appreciate it.

To win today’s canvas, leave a comment telling me a small miracle in your own life that you’re going to appreciate today. Leave your comment before midnight CST, and I’ll let you know the winner tomorrow [one comment per person, please!].