After my son, Adam, had open heart surgery to replace his damaged aortic valve, he was given a heart shaped pillow, similar to this one, in ICU.
The pillow became his constant companion for several weeks after the surgery. He used it to support and protect his chest and incision. The simple handmade pillow was invaluable in his recovery.
Because we are so thankful to the person who handcrafted the heart, my daughter-in-law, Kodie, hosted a pillow making party on Saturday. Four of us worked for several hours, in assembly line fashion, to turn out some hearts of our own.
I brought along my Singer featherweight machine to sew together fourteen pairs of hearts cut from fabric we had gleaned from our stashes.
My daughter, Megan and other daughter-in-law, Lauren, cut out the pillows and helped turn and stuff them. Kodie, Adam's wife did all the hand stitching.
Today, Kodie will be hand delivering the hearts to the hospital for future patients. It was a fun morning and a wonderful way to give back, in just a small way, to the hospital in response to the gratitude we feel for Adam's miraculous recovery and survival.
We love you, Adam!