It is so easy to miss the everyday miracles that surround us on a daily basis because we are often looking for the big miracle. I was reminded of this when we went to the annual holiday party held by the transplant team at A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children. This is where our Princess received her liver transplant and it is where numerous other kids have received a gift of life.

The holiday party is always a fun event as there is food, fellowship, lots of holiday baking goods (yummy), and they are so generous in that they give toys to all of the siblings of the transplant patient. Trust me, that makes some large families very happy at this time of the year.

There is a DJ so there is dancing also face painting, balloons, and a visit from Santa (dear hubby of one of the transplant team).

In the midst of all of the festivities, I found out that a little girl, Kierra, that received a partial liver transplant the same week of the Princess had some issues and was in the ICU, as she has had another liver transplant, a kidney transplant, and in the process of recovery, she had a stroke. She is 6 years old. Her mom was holding up well but it has been a long haul for them as her second transplants took place right after Thanksgiving. Please keep this family in your prayers especially during this holiday season as she will be spending most of it in/near the hospital. She is married now but she isn’t able to work as the long hospital stays have caused her to have to leave her previous place of employment. Thank you!

Here are some pictures of the festivities:

The Princess

The Prince & His Pop-Pop

Early party attendees

Waiting for face painting

After face painting

Here is our best bud, the Doctor with blessed hands in his balloon reindeer antlers.

Doc the reindeer

3 amigos

Mom trying to teach daughter the Chicken dance

Chicken dance

Chicken dance #2

The dancing continues


More dancing

Of course, there was the Santa visit, the Prince had a not so pleasant attitude.