10 on 10: CHD Awareness

Did you know that February is CHD (Congenital Heart Disease) awareness month? I have had two nephews with CHD. My oldest nephew, now 16, had life-saving surgery at only 2 years old. My youngest nephew, now 8 months old, was born with a scary-large VSD that (miraculously) healed completely on its own when he was around 5 months old. How awesome, and fortunate, is that?!

In honor of CHD Awareness, a Michigan photographer started the #paperheartproject on Instagram, where thousands of other photographers are posting images of their children holding or decorating with paper hearts. It’s an amazing campaign, and I’m more than happy to be a part of it.

Here are 10 images with our little paper hearts:

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If you’re interested in participating in this awesome campaign, cut out some paper hearts with your kids, take a photo and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #paperheartproject. And hey, your pets can get in on it too (haha)!

This blog post is a part of a really fun photographer circle, where we each post 10 images on the 10th of the month. Next up in the circle is Anna Hurley of Chilliwack, BC!

  1. Anna

    February 10th, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful images Meg. I love the little finger on the paper heart in your first image, so sweet!

  2. Meghan Endahl

    February 10th, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you so much, Anna! That’s my favorite, too πŸ™‚

  3. Erika Kao

    February 10th, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    These photos are so delicious! I love seeing the cold outside from the warm inside. So comforting!

  4. Meghan Endahl

    February 10th, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you, Erika! I didn’t even realize I did that, but I’m glad I did, haha. We’ve gotten over 10 inches of snow here!

  5. Jennifer Blake

    February 10th, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    This is so wonderful. I love following the Paper Heart Project, it’s such a fantastic cause!

  6. Meghan Endahl

    February 10th, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    It really is! Thanks, Jennifer!

  7. Lisa R. Howeler

    February 11th, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Wonderful project and some really sweet photos! So glad to see you participate this month and use it as a chance to bring awareness to these beautiful children!

  8. Meghan Endahl

    February 11th, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you, Lisa! I’m really glad to be a part of this!

  9. Shea

    February 11th, 2018 at 2:00 am

    So lovely and what an important cause. Thank you for sharing these images and spreading the good word about this project!

  10. Meghan Endahl

    February 11th, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you, Shea!

  11. Adriana

    February 11th, 2018 at 6:42 am

    These photos are so sweet! I didn’t know about this campaign, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  12. Meghan Endahl

    February 11th, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you, Adriana! Happy to spread awareness πŸ™‚

  13. Jessica

    February 11th, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Such a great project! Beautiful photos!

  14. Meghan Endahl

    February 11th, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you so much, Jessica!

  15. Penelope Hale

    February 11th, 2018 at 11:36 am

    The glowing red hearts in the second half are a real positive force for CHD. Beautiful images.

  16. Meghan Endahl

    February 11th, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you, Penelope. That’s what I was hoping for, so I’m glad I accomplished my goal!

  17. Courtney

    February 11th, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    These are so great! Love the Paper Heart Project!

  18. Meghan Endahl

    February 11th, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks, Courtney!

  19. Nikki Gould

    February 13th, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    What a wonderful way to bring awareness to this cause! I’ll have to have my children decorate their hearts this month! Such lovely images of your family doing this all together! Lovely!