Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Transplant Anniversary, Dad

Today our dad has had his transplanted heart for 5 years! We can't thank his donor family enough for this precious gift and we can't thank dad's "Boston Girl" enough for saving his life! Dad has one strong heart and he never takes it for granted. He takes good care of himself with proper diet (well, there is that occasional pizza) and lots of exercise and he volunteers at the hospital helping and encouraging patients who are waiting for their miracles to happen!

The transplant community believes in celebrating your new heart with a new birth-day so this means that dad actually has 2 birthdays!
The first one happened a couple of weeks ago when he came home from Rhode Island for the night and the second one is today so that means BIGTIME celebrations!

We are grabbing Tinny, the TinMan and our special dindin bag that holds mom and dad's water bottles and our ice cream spoon and we're celebrating!We're heading to Glenwood for burgers and fries and then we'll be off to Wentworth's for celebration ice cream! whooooooooohooooooooo We can't wait!

Happy transplant anniversary and birth-day, dad! And thank you so much, Boston Girl for saving our dad's life! We are so very thankful! We love our dad!

So until next time..................

Love ya lots,

Maggie and Mitch


Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We are so thankful for you!! And your Dad and Mom. We hope you have fun at Glenwood and get some yummy ice cream.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Happy transplant-aversary, M & M's dad! We think that donors and their families are the BEST! What a great way for them to make a miracle happen for someone else! We also think it's really great that your dad "gives back"!

Poppy, Penny & Patches (whose pawrents are organ donors...someday)

Aniemother said...

Happy transplant day! Mom's already bought us a special treat this weekend - can you guess what? Yup - HEART!

Big kisses,

Thor said...

Happy transplant anniversary and birth-day to your Dad!
I hope you have lots of fun!

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy Transplant Anniversary, Happy second Birthday to Maggie&Mitch's Dad!
Thank the "Boston Girl" for saving his life! Your Dad is great in his volunteer work to help patients and family at the hospital who are waiting for their miracles to happen!
Love y'all

Mack said...

Happy 2nd birthday to your dad! I think you guys should celebrate big!

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

Oh Happy, Happy new life given birthday. 5 years!!! You got yourself a good ticker. And a family of humans and dales that love you so.
Some folks think it is so sad, that one lives and one dies, but what a waste if one dies yet cannot or will not give the gift of life to another. It always makes me tear up.
When working in the ICU, many times "heros" saved others. You have to respect that.
For me, it's a no brainer. I aqm a doner, If there is anything that can be used, give it to someone who needs it, Bumper sticker I was given at a hospital I worked "Donate your organs. Heaven knows you don't need them here"
Sorry. I become sooo wordy. I am so happy someone in Boston gave your Dad such a gift. (Now I gotta go get a kleenex)
Give your Dad a good lick for me!

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

ps that Boston donor is in a lovely place and I bet she looks down from time to time and says, that man is ROCKIN my heart. Special places in heaven for those me thinks.

Josie said...

Life is such a cool miracle. Happy 2nd anniversary to yur Dad!

Gus said...

Hope you had a great celebration


TwoSpecialWires said...

Oh my dogness! We had no idea! What a wonderful day to celebrate! The gift of life. And a HEART, at that! No wonder your family is so loving, and we always smile when we read your posts. One of you has been doubly blessed with a heart of GOLD. (What's the story with the TIN man? Did we miss something - that wouldn't be unusual.)

Anyway ... happy happy transplant anniversary. And thanks and blessings to the very special family who gave your dad the gift of life.

Jake and Fergi

Niamh said...

Congratulations to your dad! What a great milestone. Of course, your good love for your dad helps him too.

Your friend,

Martha and Bailey said...

You go celebrate guys - this is one very special anniversary!
All our love to your Dad and of course a huge thank you to every family who enables transplants to become a reality.
We know what a hard decision that is but your Dad is living proof of the worth of organ transplants.
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Ruby and Penny said...

Happy Transplant Anniversary.
Enjoy your celebration.
Love Ruby & Penny

Poopsie aka Blue said...

Happy Transplant Anniversay & Birth-Day to Dad.
All have you have a wonderful celebration together.

Love, pats & pets

PS - Sorry Maggie for calling you Molly yesterday, but you know who I'm staying with - LOL!

Hollie and Janie said...

M and M!
What a fabulous reason to celebrate! Happy Heart Day to your dad from me and my mama! I bet all that 'dale love keeps his heart happy and healthy!!!
We love yall!!
Janie ..... and Hollie

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy HeartGotchaVersary!

Here's to many many more lub dubs lub dubs!

It is so special to see rewards from this gift that keeps on giving!


Sue said...

Have a wonderful heart birthday. That is so special!!

Pearl said...

Ohhh, that made me tear up! Being an organ donor is the most incredible gift... and no one is more deserving than your daddy!

Enjoy your celebrations!!

Pug(s) and Bugg said...

HAPPY "OTHER" BIRTHDAY TO YOUR DADDY!!!! We hope you give him extra smoochies from us ok???? Enjoy the burgers and ICE CREAM!

Cocorue said...

oooh , this is such a SPECIAL celebration.......Happy GotchaHeart day and happy birthday to a very special dadster.

AND a big TQ to the generous family who gave their precious heart to your dadster......


MAX said...

Wow, what an occasion! You have reminded us that we should be thankful for everything around us and the people who make it all happen and bring joy to a family like yours. We share this special and important day with you! With love from your friends in South Africa

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Wow! Happy transplantaversary -- glad the ticker is working well!

Fred said...

Hooray for your dad and for Boston Girl!

Jazzi said...

Happy Birthday Dad~~
That is so neat that he was able to get a new heart and it is strong. Donors are wonderful and what a special gift. My parents are willing to be donors to help someone else out!!
We should not take our health for granted,

Have a great time at Glenwood and having ice cream.

Karen Raye and Bentley Beargrass said...

That is awesome- what a wonderful day to celebrate every year! You all are very lucky to have each other. Enjoy the love and the yummies on this special day!

Reilly and Bree said...

I am so pleased your Dad is doing so well, not only did he receive the greatest gift, but he gave it to....somewhere a family knows that their loved one continues and that your dad is taking care of them.

Martine said...

Five years!!! That is amazing and we are so glad your dad is doing well and staying healthy.

xo martine & the kiddlets

Hero said...

Happy Transplant Anniversary! What a wonderful gift to receive and what a great way to celebrate it every year! Your Dad's "Boston Girl" is a true hero.

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

Happy transplant anniversary to your Dad. Enjoy your burgers, fries and ice cream.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hay M & M,
Happy, happy transplant Anniversary!!! So very special to have a strong healthty heart gaven to you when you need it.
Boston Girl Thank-you!
M & M come and see us soon please.
We miss you when you don't come.
We love lots, Bambi and Fern

The Army of Four said...

What a truly wonderful day!!! Happy 5th birthday to your dad!!!
Have a GREAT celebration!
Tail wags,

Two Country Poodles said...

That is wonderful and Happy birthday to your dad! And a big thank you to the Boston girl!

Oh your making us think we need ice cream too...But split 4 ways...hmmm...Do you think momma would spring for an extra cone?

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Ya Dad we are so happy for you...
Now ice cream really sounds like the proper stuff for celebrating..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Puggle Preston said...

Happy new heart day! Ice cream is a MUST on such a special day.
Your dad is well-deserved (the heart and ice cream!)


Sierra Rose said...

What a wonderful event to celebrate!!!!! Happy transplant-anniversary to your dad!!
Have loads of fun!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and mom

Mango said...

Happy transplant day Maggie and Mitch dad! What a great day to celebrate for everybody.


BRUTUS said...

We didn't know about your daddy's special heart! What a lucky man he is! Certainly a day to celebrate - congrats to you all!

Brutus the Frenchie

Johann The Dog said...

Wow! A very special day in deed!!! Happy Heart Day to all of you :)

Clive said...

A very special anniversary to celebrate!

Hope you all have a lovely day and enjoyed that ice-cream.

take care
Clive & Co.

Teddy Bear said...

Your Dad has been given such a blessed gift. We hope every day is cherished. Enjoy the burgers and ice cream tonight!

Teddy Bear

The OP Pack said...

This is surely a very important day for your whole family. Happy Transplant Day to your Dad and we hope you all do have a grand celebrations.

Hugs, the OP Pack

Lorenza said...

Happy Transplant Day to your Dad!
Sure deserves a big celebration!
I hope you all had a pawesome time!
Kisses and hugs

Benny and Lily said...

Wow that is something else! and a new holiday...Happy Transplanted Heart Day pop-pop
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Happy Transplant day to dad.
What beautiful words you spoke also to honor the Boston Girl for giving life.
We can tell you are thankful everyday.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Now go eat some icecream.

Anonymous said...

How very cool! Congrats!!!

Sonic said...

This sounds so great! I hope your dad has many more birthdays to come!

- Sonic

ScrapsofMe said...

How Wonderfull...kinda like a Gotcha day! Twice the opportunity for ice cream!
woofie kisses,

ScrapsofMe said...

How Wonderfull...kinda like a Gotcha day! Twice the opportunity for ice cream!
woofie kisses,

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Such a great anniversary to celebrate. We are really thankful for Boston girl too.
Hope you had a good celebration!

Piappies World said...

It is truly a day for celebration! Happy Transplant Day to your dad and we pray for his good health always.

Enjoy the treats and of course the ice cream! Weeeee

- Princess, Fudgie & the Piappies

tula said...

How Special! Wags for your daddy & the wonderful heart he has...

have a couple licks of ice cream 4 me too!



What a beautiful story and mommy teared up reading it.

We can only imagine how grateful your daddy is to Boston Girl. You are such a blessed family!

Have a very happy celebration and have a cone for us!

Riley and Star.

Sherry said...

Happy birthday indeed. We are all grateful that you've reminded us of life's gifts. Every day is a gift.
Sherry, Alanis & Miro

Sally said...

WOW! We never knew but we 'get' the Tin Man figures now - Happy Heart Anniversary - have a wonderful celebration of life- lots of hugs and licks
D, Sally and Paddy

Oskar said...

Happy heart birthday to your daddy!

My mom person has an uncle who got a new heart 16 years ago. We are thankful for people who are so giving to help others.

I hope you had a grand celebration!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi m & m!
oh what a beautiful post!
thank you for sharing the celbration with us too!

we love all of you!

m & e

the 4 Bs said...

happy heart birthday to your dad! we are so happy that he is well and strong and healthy. he has a great heart. we know that because he loves you so much. that Boston girl gave your dad the greatest gift of all. she must have been a very wonderful human. enjoy your celebration!


Kodak the Eskie said...

Wow, what a good story. I'm so glad that Boston Girl could help your Daddy. That is a very special gift. Happy birthday to your Dad. Sweet!

Hugs, Kodak

Inky and Molly said...

Go Dad! How lucky he got a donor heart and it all worked out ok!
Have fun celebrating...

umekotyan said...

Good evening m & m
A yellow color is a wonderful color.
The chicken is very lovely.

And, congratulations. noticeable for five years of the heart transplant of father
It is an important life.
A lot of lives for which the person is useful. :D

from loved ume tyan

Tosca the Lakeland Terrier said...

Hooray! I'm happy you guys are getting to celebrate another year with your dad! :)

doyle and mollie said...

special celebrations for two special woofers! we too thank boston girl for giving the gift of life to your dad, furry special!

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey M&M,
This is, most definitely, a day for celebration. We're all really glad that you dad got his new heart. It's appropriate to remember, and be thankful, to his donor and her family. Our mom and dad are donor on their drivers licenses, but dad says he doubts if much of his stuff is in workable condition; maybe his kidneys or livers perhaps. Not everyone really gets a do-over like your dad. And regardless of the occassional din-din excitment, we know y'all really are angels and NEVER irritate you mom or dad (very much).

Brownie said...

wow! have a happy heart-iversary!

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

Oh noooooooooo! It was your Dad's transplant's birthday and we missed it?!? We hope you all had a great time at Glenwood.

Love -

Hershey and Kaci

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Happy Belated Transplant Anniversary + Birthday to your Dad! It's so great to hear that he's doing well...and "Boston Girl" will always be remembered too! I think she is looking down on your Dad and feeling happy too that he's going strong! *grins*


Stardust said...

Wow, this is so thankful to know.. & the Boston girl.. I'm moved to tears. Think dad is doing his best to keep Boston girl's heart alive too.

Life is precious, I bet your family grasps this better than many others.

happy said...

Happy Belated Transplant Anniversary to your dad! Is it another year already? Time certainly flies! It's certainly a very important celebration indeed! Celebration of life!

parlance said...

I hope the celebrations continue. I think you must feel like celebrating every day of the year! What an inspirational post.

Persephone and Buster said...

just a bit late.. but 'happy heart day' to you... many more to come.
and send some of that iceeecream our WAY mitch. theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone, Ms.Blue too