The Journey of a Sweet Little Boy and His Special Heart

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The only thing I miss in Philly

Our dear friends the Jackleys.
Our first night staying at the Ronald McDonald House before Logan's surgery we met the Jackley family.  I'm not even sure how we got talking, but we soon found out Tommy and Stacie had just had a baby with HLHS, and were also at CHOP.  This cute family became our family and friends away from home (we even went on a few double dates to the hospital cafeteria).  We honestly wouldn't have gotten through our month there with out them.  It was no random event that we started talking that night.  I really feel like we were meant to be in each others lives. 
They were there for us on our hardest days, and I hope we were there for them too on their hard days.  It was so hard leaving them behind.   It would have been perfect to have been discharged the same day, but I got the best news yesterday that they are on schedule to be discharged on Monday.  (They were just moved into the same room we were discharged from.... that is a good sign)!
Brad and I would walk by Kellen's little crib several times a day and smile at his little duck bobbing up and down on his binky.  He is the cutest baby with the longest eye lashes I have EVER seen.  
When nobody could get Logan to crack a smile, Tommy always could.  
Maybe he liked them so much because they gave him this silly green Philly Fanatic.  Tommy is an avid baseball fan and couldn't let Logan go home without knowing what a Philly Fanatic is. 

On one particularly hard day for Logan, he didn't want anyone holding him, touching him or talking to him.  He just laid in his crib and snuggled this silly green animal that has lots of things to put in your mouth!
Kellen and Logan...
Little boys that physically might only have 1/2 a heart, but their hearts are bigger, better, and have touched more lives than any one of us can imagine. 
Tommy, Stacie, Kellen and Kaylin you will always have a special place in our hearts, we love you all.  We are so blessed to have met you, and are so excited for you to bring Kellen home.


  1. Congratulations Kellen! Such a happy day when another HLHSer gets to go home :)

    The bonds we made with other HLHS families at CHOP are priceless. Truly priceless. They just get you, and your new life. I'm so happy you met the Jackleys.

  2. Aww, you guys are too cute. I am sitting here crying! We miss you guys SO much! We definitely couldn't have through without you!! Our meeting was definitely meant to be & we will ALWAYS be there for you guys! Whatever you need!! We love you guys & are happy our boys are home!!!