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We believe that every good and perfect gift is from above and that children are a gift from the Lord.  We also believe that God is great and beyond our understanding.  It was not until our third son, Holden Mack, was born that we truly understood our belief and cherished our faith.  Holden passed away after fighting for 5 hours and 20 minutes and January 30, 2014 quickly became the worst and the most enlightening day of our lives.

Holden was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA), a rare congenital heart defect occurring when the “great arteries” are transposed thus changing the way blood circulates through the body and causes a shortage of oxygen in the blood.  Read more about TGA here and here.  While very serious, TGA is treatable surgically and caries an excellent outlook for the vast majority of babies born with this congenital defect.  In many cases, babies born with TGA undergo surgery and are able to lead normal lives as they grow.  Unfortunately, our little Holden was inoperable as his ductus arteriosus had already closed and his heart was too weak to operate.

Holden has two older brothers, four year-old Hudson and two year-old Hayes.  On June 16th, 2015, Holden became an older brother himself when our family welcomed Hollis.  We do our best to keep Holden’s memory very active in our lives and the idea of HoldenMack as an online boutique began with the desire to perpetuate Holden’s name.  Hudson was three when Holden was born and to this day he remembers his younger brother; however we understand that Hayes and Hollis will never have the memory of mom and dad preparing for Baby Holden and telling stories about his imminent arrival but rather Holden will be what we make of him in their little memories as they grow up.

With this is mind, it is our hope that HoldenMack grows and becomes a familiar name to our boys and stamp on their heart serving as a reminder that they have a brother in heaven.  Furthermore, we hope that HoldenMack flourishes as a business so we may give back to heart-related associations and charities and to positively impact the lives of those having faced the same challenge of losing a child.