Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson
“I saw that you were perfect, and so I loved you.  Then I saw that you were not perfect and I loved you even more”.  – Angelita Lim
When your child is born and everything on the outside is absolutely perfect…so much so that all you can do is sit and stare.  She is stunning to the eye with a head full of hair and piercing blue eyes.  She nuzzles up to you because you are familiar, your scent is what she knows, you are her safe place, your voice is music to her ears…and because she is yours and you are hers.  You are her MOM and that unconditional love and bond is stronger than ever.  It’s magical…a moment in time that is unforgettable.
And then you are told that your child may not be so perfect on the inside.  That in fact, her tiny heart is less than perfect.  A heart with holes.  Something so brand new that was supposed to be whole and perfect…something was broken.  A tiny heart that has to work a little harder to function properly.  A heart that will ultimately have to be fixed.
This was our moment in time…when we learned that Addison’s tiny little heart was less than perfect.  Our perfect baby girl was not whole…she would need to have her tiny little heart fixed in the near future.  She had to grow and mature enough to undergo a lengthy open heart surgery to make her heart whole again.  Her impending surgery was the heaviest dark cloud we have ever faced but surgery came and went and she is now a thriving 5 year old with a very special scar that will forever remind us of that tiny, now thriving, heart within our perfect little girl!
With this all being said and as you an imagine, The American Heart Association is a very near and dear cause to our family.  I am beyond exciting to be teaming up with Kendra Scott & The American Heart Association to host an event in Addison’s honor and to kick off heart health awareness month, which kicks off in February.
Our event will take place on Thursday 1/26/17 from 5pm-8pm at the Nashville Kendra Scott store and 20% of all sales during our event will be donated to Nashville’s American Heart Association chapter.  Also, there are certain pieces, including the “Addison” earrings (and those that I am wearing in today’s post), that if purchased, an additional 20% will be donated!  Consider it a girls night out…there will be food, beverages, live music, and some other special touches!  I’ve included the invitation below for additional details.
If you don’t live in the Nashville area but you wish to support this cause in honor of someone you may know (or in honor of our sweet girl), you may contact our local Nashville Kendra Scott store to order.  Ask to speak with Laura and she will be happy to assist you!
To Order:

Kendra Scott Nashville
“Addison” earrings or any other KS piece
Call: 1-615-600-4353

If you do live in Nashville or the surrounding areas, I do hope you will join us for a very special evening.  I hope to see you there!
THANK YOU in advance for reading today’s post and for any support you will provide in my mission to honor Addison and all others impacted by defects or heart disease.  If you wish to read more about Addison’s story or more about how heart disease impacts so many women…can you read more HERE.  From my heart to yours…much love!