A HAPPY Birthday girl!!!!


My baby has been through more in her two years than many will in their lifetime. We are so incredibly blessed to have our beautiful princess in our home!!!

I’m reminded every single day about how precious life is, and how precious Annabelle is to her. I count each day with her as a gift from God.

Could you do me a favor today/this weekend?

Could you post a happy birthday comment for Annabelle? If you could include at least a vague location (city/state or just state if you’d prefer, or country for those out of the US)… I’d love to someday, when Annabelle is older, let her read these and see how far her story has reached and how much she is absolutely loved! I know she will have times when the weight of her reality will weigh on her, and I think it’ll be a fun reminder that she isn’t alone, that people all over love her and have prayed for her.


HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY ANNABELLE! She’s eating her birthday cake… just a plastic version!


  1. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle!!! Praying for tons of blessing for you and your precious family!!! Love you tons sweet girl!!!

    Jessica from Memphis, TN

  2. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle! You are an amazing strong little girl! πŸ™‚
    Sending love and birthday hugs from Midland, Michigan! <3

  3. Sweet Annabelle! Happy Birthday Girl!! You are so special and loved by so many! We in Oklahoma pray for you EVERYDAY! Our heart warrior (Ella) prays for "ah-bell" often! We have cried for you and rejoiced for you! Many Blessings as you continue to change the world! ~Amy Burk (heart mommy)

  4. Have prayed for you for a very long time, sweet girl!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a very brave little girl…tell your mama you need a big piece of cake with lots of icing!!

    Leslie from Hattiesburg, MS

  5. Happy birthday, Annabelle! You are one strong & amazing little girl & you are always in our prayers!

    central ny

  6. Happy Birthday Annabelle! from Mo

  7. Happy birthday to Miss Annabelle! πŸ™‚

  8. Happy birthday Annabelle! I've loved watching you grow and thrive over the last year!

    From Dallas, Texas

  9. Happy birthday sweet girl! I have prayed for you often over the past two years and am so proud to see the incredible progress you have made! From Austin, TX

  10. Happy Birthday Annabelle. Found out about you from Bowen's Daddy. Thrilled to see what God is doing for you and your family. From near Raleigh, NC

  11. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

    Fredericksburg VA

  12. Yay! Happy Birthday Annabelle! What a sweetheart! Sending love and hugs from Littleton, CO!

  13. Happy Birthday, dear Annabelle!!! From coastal North Carolina by way of MTCW in Nashville… πŸ™‚

  14. Happy Birthday Annabelle! May you have many more great birthdays ahead.

    Cincinnati, OH

  15. Happy Birthday Annabelle. You are an amazing little girl with two wonderful parents.

    Norm, Alison, Riley, Ellery Kate, and Witt Deane
    Franklin, TN

  16. Happy birthday from me and my monkeys to you sweet Annabel monkey! From New Hampshire!

  17. β™«β™«Happy Birthday, dear Annabelle!!β™«β™« I found your mother's blog when your heart was very, very sick and have followed along ever since, keeping you in prayer. I love it when your mom takes pictures of you and then tells us of all the new things you are learning and doing. You are so precious.

    Carolyn (in Las Vegas)

  18. Happy birthday! I hope today is special & filled with blessings. I'm so glad I get to see what God is doing through your family.
    Richmond KY

  19. Happy 2nd Birthday sweet Annabelle! You are such a blessing.

    Mt. Shasta, CA

  20. Happy birthday sweet Annabelle! You are such a strong little fighter! Hope your day is wonderful!

    Curtice, Ohio

  21. Happy 2nd Birthday, Annabelle! You look great!
    Prayng for you in Grand Bay Alabama.

  22. Happy Birthday Annabelle! My heart princess is 6 days after you, she will also be two.

    We have been praying for you and your family since you were 6 months old. You are a very special and brave little girl!

    With love and prayers from British Columbia, Canada

  23. Happy 2nd birthday Annabelle!
    joan & Hannah Grace
    we live in MD and Hannah has a rare chromosome deletion

  24. Happy Birthday Annabelle! We continue to pray for you, sweet girl!
    Lots of love,

    Hanscom AFB,

  25. Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday dear Annabelle!
    Happy birthday tooooo yooooooouuu!!!
    . . . and many more!!!!!!!

    from Bloomington, Indiana

  26. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle!! You have overcome so much in such a short time! God has INCREDIBLE things in store for you!! Blessings and love from Fort Wayne, Indiana

  27. Happy 2nd birthday sweet Annabelle!! Still praying for you baby girl.

  28. Happy birthday, sweet girl, from Albuquerque, NM

  29. Happy Birthday Sweet Annabelle! I loved getting to meet you and your family a few weeks ago! Your such a fighter and so strong! Keep it up big girl! Lots and lots and lots of Love from Lan & Lisa, Dothan, Alabama

  30. Happy Birthday, Miracle Girl!! You are a true fighter and an inspiration to many! Hope you get to "taste" some cake today!
    Blessings from Fort Worth, TX

  31. HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY LITTLE PRINCESS ANNABELLE!!!! It is such a BLESSING watching you grow. You have an AMAZING mommy who keeps us updated so we can pray for you.
    Love to you & your family~
    From Kim Fine-Gresham, Oregon <3

  32. Happy Birthday Annabelle! It's been a joy to watch you grow and learn new things. Now go eat some cake!

    Ailis from Hahira, GA

  33. Happy Birthday Annabelle!!! From a distance I have cheered for you and wished you all the very best. My daughter, Rebecca, is 3 months older than you are, and she has hypoplastic right heart. She is doing great, thank to our dear Lord. May you have a wonderfull, blessed, healthy, and happy life!
    Andre, Geraldine, Rebecca (Houston, TX)

  34. Happy Birthday Annabelle!! Have been praying for you and your family. Love to see you growing up and learning so many new things! Blessings to you from Minnesota.

  35. Happy Birthday Miss Annabelle!! My prayers will continue for you. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

    Debbie Clark
    Edmond, OK

  36. Aleisha Sanders , Bradford,Ohio

    Happy Birthday Annabelle!! You are such a wonderful blessing to your family and you and your momma have blessed more people than you will ever know! I pray for you and your family and I am thankful that you are doing good. Just think, you have blessed soooo many people in these 2 years, I can't wait to see what God has in store for you as you grow up into a young lady, and the blessings continue to flow. God is so good. Glory to Him for all he has done. God bless you

  37. Happy birthday sweet girl! We pray for you and your family often! From Charlotte, NC

  38. Happy Birthday Annabelle!! May your life be a blessing to others and bring glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ!

    Beth, Jackson, MI

  39. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle! I hope you have a wonderful birthday. God has big plans for you and I can't wait to see how he continues to use you!

    You're an amazing little girl!
    Louisville, KY

  40. Happy Birthday Annabelle!! McLoud OK

  41. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle!

    Chicago, IL

  42. Happy Birthday Annabelle!

    I have been reading your blog since you were around 6 months old. I silently cried and prayed for you and your family at my desk at work many times. You are truly a miracle and a gift from God. Sometimes as parents it is hard for us to understand why God gives us such special children and we may not ever know while on this side of heaven. Two of boys were sick when they were born. You have very special parents (they were specially chosen from God). I am hoping to take something to the Ronald McDonald House and to the Children's Hospital here in Jackson Mississippi in honor of you. (I will take pictures and send to you)

    Misty Wilson
    Pearl, Mississippi

    1. Misty that is a FANTASTIC idea!!! I'd love to see pictures:-)

  43. Happy Birthday Annabelle!

    Prince Edward Island, Canada

  44. happy birthday hope its a good one

    charity from middlebury indiana

  45. Happy Birthday Miss Annabelle!

    West Monroe, LA

  46. Happy Birthday Annabelle from Oklahoma City, OK!

    I have been watching you grow and mature since you were born (via this blog). I have never met you and most likely never will, but you have been a blessing to ME!

  47. Happy Birthday to my sweet Annabelle!! I am so thankful to have been a part of your first two years! You are such an inspiration to us all!

  48. Rachel Tollefsrud

    Happy Birthday, Annabelle! I live in Willmar, MN and today is my birthday, too! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  49. Happy birthday, Annabelle!!! You have an awesome momma who loves you like crazy!!! I have known her for a long time, and since I love her, I love you too! πŸ˜€ I'm so happy that it's your birthday and that you are such an awesome girl. You have come so far in this year, and we are all so proud of you. Happy happy happy happy birthday from Valerie, Wade, Jackson, Parker, and Simon! πŸ™‚ (And you know we're in Kentucky since you've, um, been here.) πŸ˜€

  50. Happy Birthday Annabelle,
    Although I have never met you in person I have been praying for you since you were a very tiny baby. I have checked in daily to read about you and how things are going. You are very special to me and I thank God so often for the progress you have made over the last 2 years and I know that you are meant for something very special in your life. May God continue to keep you healthy and well. Happy 2nd Birthday and many, MANY more to come. Love, Darlene Taylor, Truth or Consequences, NM

  51. Senior Adulty SS class, AR

    Happy Birthday to you, Annabelle. We have been following your story and praying for you since shortly after you were born. Senior Adult Sunday School Class in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

  52. Happy Birthday Annabelle,
    I have been praying for you since December
    of 2010. You are such a special child and definitely a gift from God, not only to your family, but all of us that have followed your progress. You are so lucky to have wonderful christian parents. Your Grandparents are so special and your sisters will always be you best friends. You have so many people in your life that love you. Always remember that no matter what trials you have in your life, God will always be with you. It has been a priviledge to pray for you. I look forward to celebrating many more birthdays, and watching you grow in the Lord. God bless you and your whole family on this day.
    Blessings, Jackie, Indiana

  53. Happy birthday from SW MO. I've prayed for you and feel as if I know you yet we never have met. You ate a blessed little girl to have such a loving family! Enjoy being 2!

  54. Annabelle–
    On today…the day of your birth, I am so glad that God decided to make you…you are such an amazing gift to your family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS!!!
    in His grip-
    Bonnie Catt

  55. Happy Birthday Annabelle! I have been following your life since you were a tiny baby girl and have rejoiced with you and your family and prayed with your family all along. It is so amazing to watch you grow and look so forward to continuing to see the changes in your life. Have a great birthday sweetie!
    Love ya,
    Stephanie Taylor, Los Lunas, NM. ( daughter of Darlene Taylor who posted above!)

  56. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNABELLE!!!! I've been reading about you since about three days before you were born and have to say your story is one of many that has drawn me in. I am a freshman in college and plan to become and NICU Nurse. You may not be the main reason for my decision but you are making me glad that I have had this dream since I was third grade.

    Can't wait to keep reading about you for many more years!! Erika from Caro, Michigan

  57. Happy Birthday Sweet Annabelle!!
    From the Browns
    in Richlands, Virginia

  58. Happy Birthday Annabelle!

    Your story has reached many people. I love reading your updates and hearing about how strong you are growing. Looking forward to hearing about the amazing things you will do now that you are 2.

    Julie in Ontario, Canada

  59. Happy Birthday Annabelle

    Carissa from Louisville, Kentucky

  60. Happy 2nd birthday, Annabelle! Two is a very fun age!! You will accomplish a LOT this year and it will be fun to hear all about it!
    Love from Debbie in Beaverton, OR

  61. May God bless you Annabelle as you celebrate birthday #2. You are a sweetie and your personality shines through in all the photos. Those photos and the words your mom writes are the only way I know you, but I pray for you often and wish only the best for you and your family.

    Linda in Wichita, Kansas

  62. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle!!!! I hope you have had a great day and I hope your 3rd year is AWESOME!

    Jessica (from IL)

  63. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle. You are a special little girl with extra special parents and sisters. I love reading and celebrating with you when you accomplish a new goal in life. I am a mom to a 2 1/2 year old daughter who also has HLHS. Even though we haven't gone through everything you have, I understand what your mom has gone through while sitting at the hospital with you. Your mom is a strong woman. I hope you and your sisters will grow up each day knowing how much your parents love you and how strong they are in their faith and love for you. God bless you and keep you throughout this next year and the many years to come.

    Heart hugs from Jacqueline, a fellow HLHSer, and the rest of the family from Grand Rapids, MI.

  64. Birthday wishes and prayers coming from Belton, Texas!

    Meredith Pruitt

  65. Happy 2nd Birthday, Annabele, from Charleston, WV! You are truly one of God's miracles and blessings. We (along with many others) have prayed for you so much. We wish you the best!

  66. Happy Birthday sweet Annabelle! What a milestone!!!:)
    I have followed your story since the day of your heart transplant–all the way from N.S.W, Australia:)

  67. Happy Birthday Annabele!! We are praying for you in Copenhagen Denmark. Continue to grow and be a blessing to all who are around you.


  68. Happy Birthday, Annabelle!!!!

    The Hudson Family in Georgia!!

  69. Happy birthday, Annabelle! I hope you have a great day!

    Maggie from Georgia

  70. Happiest of birthdays Princess Annabelleβ™‘

  71. Happy 2nd Birthday from Buffalo, NY! πŸ™‚

  72. Happy Bday sweet girl!

    Another Heart Family,
    From Temperance Michigan!

  73. Happy Birthday Annabelle! Wishing you joy and happiness from Papillion, Nebraska.


  74. Although we have never met , I have been following your Mom's posts about your life since you were about 6 months old . Happy Birthday, Annabelle!!! You are truly one of God's Richest Blessings and a Walking Miracle! I enjoy hearing all the new things you are doing. May you have an extra special day and year ahead! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Nanna from Pennsylvania

  75. Happy Birthday Ananbelle!
    Amy from Canada πŸ™‚

  76. Happy Birthday Sweet Annabelle!! You are such an amazing inspiration and light to so many! Stay strong little love πŸ™‚
    Jessie from California

  77. Happy happy birthday beautiful Annabelle!!! You dont know me, but i am 19 years old from Minnesota!! I too was born with a bad heart, not nearly as bad as yours but still bad!! I had open heart surgery on monday!! But you my dear are SO strong and have been through so much more then me, you are my inspiration!!!! You are a true fighter!! Keep on fighting the fight little one because you are WINNING πŸ™‚

  78. Ohmigosh, look at how FAR SHE HAS COME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNABELLE, you share a special place in my heart…we have the same birth month. Sweet days, sweetie!!

  79. Happy 2nd birthday from a friend in Arizona.

  80. Happy birthday sweet little Annabelle. I will always be praying for you and your family.

  81. Happy Blessed Birthday to Annabelle from Blanchard, OK. And many more…..

  82. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle, your story is really inspiring and you, your mommy and your entire family are so strong. We pray for you always ~ Kathy mommy to Jasiu HLHS (16 months)

  83. Happy Birthday!

    ~WA state

  84. Happy Birthday Annabelle! We celebrate another birthday with you. Praising God for your victories and milestones. Praying for you daily.

    The Murray Family
    Katy, TX

  85. Happy, happy birthday Annabelle!! Sending love and prayers from Dallas, Texas!

    Jennifer Hood

  86. Happy Birthday from British Columbia, Canada, Annabelle!

  87. Happy Birthday from Southeast Kansas!

  88. Happy Birthday Princess Annabelle from Southeast Michigan!!!

  89. Happy Birthday Miss Annabelle from West Central Indiana!

  90. Happy Birthday, Annabelle!

    Amanda from Burlington, Iowa

  91. Happy Birthday Annabelle! I graduated high school with your Dad and follow your Mommy's blog. You are an amazing, beautiful little girl. God's power & awesomeness shines through you every single day. The Phillips family from Bear Creek, NC wishes you a lifetime of health, happiness & fun!

    Jodie (White) Phillips & family

  92. Happy 2nd Birthday Annabelle!!

    Dorothy from Long Island, NY

  93. Happy Birthday Annabelle!

    Cera from Portsmouth, Ohio

  94. Happy 2nd Birthday! God is so good~! Hope you have a fabulous Day!

    Molly from Billings, Montana

  95. Happy (a little belated) Birthday sweet Annabelle from Austin, Texas!

  96. Happy 2nd birthday, Annabelle. I've been following your Mom's blog since you were tiny and now you're such a big girl!

    Marcy from Pahoa, Hawaii

  97. I am so late to the party, but wanted to say-

    Happy birthday dear, sweet Annabelle!

    Much love,
    JoEllen, Brown County, Ohio

  98. Happy Birthday Annabelle!! Every morning I check your blog to see just what is going on in your interesting life….good times and not so good times.
    You and your family are an inspiration. Thanks Krista for doing such a wonderful job on this blog!

    Julie in Midland, MI

  99. I'm a bit late posting as I haven't been on the computer in a few days. I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday and let you know what a blessing you have been to me. You are such a special little girl and definitely a fighter. Reading you mom's blog about you and your family has been such a blessing to me. You've got a pretty special family surrounding you. Your parents faith in God is so wonderful and will be a wonderful legacy they are leaving you with. So thankful you were designed for the family you are with to be a wonderful testament to God. Praying for you as you continue to grow and excited to see what God has in store for you. Praying at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM.

  100. Happy 2nd Birthday sweet Annabelle!

    Mandy from Goshen, IN

  101. Happy Birthday Annabelle-can't believe you are 2! I have followed you since a few months before your transplant and I am amazed at how far you have come. Hope your day was as special as you are!

    Adriana from Central Illinois

  102. Happy belated Birthday Annabelle! I've been following your story for quite some time (I found you through Bowen Hammitt's website). You have truly blessed me with your strength (your momma too).
    Holli from Virginia Beach, VA

  103. Happy Belated 2ed Birthday Annabelle! I came across your story tonight and it just really touched me. My baby boy Noah was due to be born July 12, 2010 and expected to have a wall of his heart missing. He came 5 weeks early and found only to have a whole in his heart that healed its self 4days later right before we left the hospital and headed home for the first time! Your story is amazing! Your such a smart girl! (((hugs))) to your mama and you!
    Alissa from South Dakota

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