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October 17, 2010

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I’m excited to let you know that Sarah and I’s friend Carlos at SevenStory Creative has volunteered his time to design our family a new website! Before long you’ll be able to find our blog, along with other links and HLHS information, at We are so grateful to everyone, like Carlos, who has come alongside us on this journey.  We pray that God will provide us with opportunities to extend the kind of love and support to others that has so generously been given to us.

When this season of life has passed, I don’t want to forget…

Sitting in the doctor’s office, staring expectantly at the ultrasound screen while holding Emmy’s hand. Watching her perfect little face glow when she found out her wish for a little brother had come true.

When our car CD player wouldn’t work after the ultrasound…just long enough for me to hear “Hold My Heart” on the radio.  God, thanks for letting it work again when I stopped crying.

Buying my first gift for Bowen, a little red racecar from Genius Jones in Boca Raton.

Being on the phone with Sarah, her voice trembling under the weight of tears as she said, “I want to buy our baby boy clothes, but I’m so scared he’ll never wear them.”

The pile of Bowen’s clothes in our living room a few days later.

How much our family has done for us.

Sarah on the phone with doctors and friends, fighting for every piece of information she can get to help our baby boy.

Receiving over two hundred emails of encouragement from people we don’t even know within days of sharing our story on K-Love and The Current FM.

The amount of compassion I feel for the sick and dying.

The peace of knowing God in the midst of suffering

Wanting to make every moment count

The way I feel when I look into Sarah’s eyes.  Only God knows my heart better than this woman.  I’m so honored to share my life and this struggle with her.


Why Bowen?

April 28, 2010

Out of all the decisions Sarah and I made before our girls were born, naming them was one of the hardest. But with Bowen, every decision has been harder than choosing a name.  We believe that God knits every child together in the womb, just like Psalms 139:13-14 says,

“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praie You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

For some reason, God gave Bowen a little heart, and whether or not it’s His will to make it bigger someday, we believe that Bowen’s story will be bigger than any heart and that his spirit will remain victorous.

So why Bowen? Because it was the only name we could find that meant small, victorious one. (
Also, we think it’s pretty cool.
As for his middle name? I’m a proud daddy, ’cause my wife wants his middle name to be Matthew…
So it’s official…Bowen Matthew Hammitt

Nineteen Weeks

April 28, 2010

On April 12th of this year, Sarah and I walked into our nineteen week ultrasound excited to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl. Since we’ve already been blessed with two beautiful girls, we were excited to find out it was little boy! However, shortly after the ultrasound, our OB entered the room and said she had some bad news. She told us our baby had what appeared to be a serious heart defect which has since been diagnosed as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

Over the coming weeks, Sarah and I will share the details of our struggle and the hope we are finding in the sovereignty of God and in the arms of His people.

About Us

April 28, 2010

Tucked away in “the heart of it all”, we’re a small town family that believe we are part of a bigger story. We’re not trying to impress anyone with fancy words, we’re just here to share our heart. His name is Bowen.

Matt, Sarah, Emmy, and Claire Hammitt