With birthdays just shy of the 31st, Halloween has always been a significant date in Daddy and Mummy Malpi’s calendars.
And, eight years ago, we made it an even more special anniversary to remember by getting married.
This year our month to be aware of has had even more heart put into it.
We were expecting Faith’s AVSD (hole in her heart) operation to be in January. In early to mid October this was brought forward to November and within a few days we were then being called in to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester for the procedure to take place before the end of the month. One postponement later and the operation went ahead as planned the second time.
There are no words strong enough to express how incredibly thankful we are to the team at Glenfield Hospital – the outpatients department, everyone working in Ward 30, surgeons, PICU and everybody who supports them – for taking great care of Faith and fixing the hole in her heart and in the process shoring up her parents’ and siblings’ hearts too.
The second half of this year’s October may have gone in a slightly surreal blur but, thanks to the angels watching over Faith, both here and above, they gave her the strength to recover much quicker than expected and she was even home in time for Halloween and to see her brother, sister and daddy dress up for trick or treating.
Daddy was a zombie again, Luke quickly donned his choice of spider top on returning from school and Willow chose to accessorise her vampiric dress, ghost torch and claw treat bag with a fire fighter’s helmet, knight’s shield and explorer’s binoculars. Obviously.
Here’s hoping your mini monsters are happy and healthy enough to be behaving like little terrors this Halloween.