Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No Regrets

I happen to be lucky enough to live in a country that allows a parent to be off of work for up to a year, collect E.I. and return to the same position when that child is turning one. That is...if you have been working and contributing for the year previously. I obviously was not working and am not taking any kind of leave from any type of employment since the arrival of Aria. Mike, on the other hand, has been working and is entitled to taking a parental leave. Leaving his position however and the whole family living off of E.I. is a little bit scary but we have decided to bite the bullet and put our family first.

Since Georgia became sick I always try to make decisions that I am sure I won't regret in the long run. Mike seems to have taken on this same attitude as he is about to start a two month leave from work. This will allow us to spend the rest of the summer together, get the girls into school and pull off the fundraiser. We will also celebrate Georgie's second birthday and Thanksgiving before he returns.

We will be living off of some savings and the E.I. Things will be a little bit tight around here but we are all so excited. In fact, the countdown has been on for quite some time. Friday is his last day and Calla and Maya will both tell you that Daddy is going to be home for almost one hundred days!!

While we are a little bit nervous about the finances Mike and I have both had a good laugh when we ask ourselves that when our daughters walk down the aisle one day will we regret this time? Will we sit back and say, "Wow! This wedding is way too expensive. You really should have worked those two months!" I seriously doubt it.

Aria will only be this little once. Calla will only start grade one once and Maya will only be 4 years old once.

Living without regrets means taking a chance sometimes and we can't wait to have ours...TOGETHER!

Love to you all,



  1. Go for it guys. With attitudes like yours you can`t go wrong. You won`t regret one minute of it.

    Love to you all


  2. Way to go you two. Not an easy to decision to make but one you will never regret. Enjoy the family time.

    Love Carrie

  3. I actually did my math wrong when I first told the girls as it's closer to seventy days than one hundred. But I can extend my leave at any time with 2 weeks notice (up to a max of 35 weeks) ... so who knows!!
    - Mike

  4. I love it! I know the girls will love having you all together and having Daddy around all the time. I think it is fantastic for you (Kristen) and Mike to have that time with Aria and eachother when the girls are at school too-so special! I agree, you will never regret it and the girls certainly won't notice there being less money for things-they will have fun family time all day, everyday...something money can't buy! I know you will but I will say it anyway-enjoy every second! :-) Em

  5. that is fantastic!! So happy for you! :)

  6. I'm so happy for you guys! Enjoy your time together. Life is too short so go for it!

    Cristina Braga

  7. That's fantastic! Enjoy your time together!