First, we are HOME! We got the green light from Dr. Humar to head back to Charlotte until our next appointment on July 19th. We weren’t expecting this and loved the idea of sleeping in our own bed so much that we decided to pack our bags and make a quick escape without telling anyone. We are enjoying the sound of cicadas, walking SalTak around our own block and the summer heat. I have to be extra careful about germs/being out in public since I’m immunosuppressed but look forward to slowly making my way back into the land of the living. I can’t wait to see and thank everyone for holding us so closely during all of this. Please continue to pray. The first three months are the most critical time for acceptance and we will continue to make regular trips up to Pittsburgh for the remainder of the year for various check ups. I am feeling well and notice slight improvements in my health every day.

Second, but more importantly, Vince proposed to Mercedes!!! He surprised her on Tuesday and we couldn’t be more thrilled! I know Vince knew he wanted to marry her long before the surgery but he would have been a damn fool to not have put a ring on that finger after the way she loved and cared for him throughout this process. They walked through it in lock step and we all loved watching them grow even more in love because of that. They’re a perfect match. It’s a crying shame I took so much of Vince’s liver as he deserves to be drowning in bottles of champagne in honor of this occasion. I have no doubt he’ll be able to make up for lost time by the time wedding bells are ringing.

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