Thursday, April 16, 2009

Well, I had my heart broken today. As most of you who read this know, I teach and I work with children in the 2nd and 3rd grade. Today one of the little girls who I don't work with but love seeing each day, came into my classroom. She saw a picture of Addison, which are all over my room, and asked me who it was. I told her plain and simple and with lots of pride that she was my daughter. This is where the conversation got tense and awkward. She looked at me with raised eyebrows, rolled her eyes, and said, okay. Not just a plain ole okay with attitude, a slow okay with rudeness in the voice, an okay that said, I'm better than you, an okay that ultimately felt like daggers piercing my heart. If that wasn't enough the same child saw me after school and said quite loudly that she heard my daughter had only 4 fingers. Needless to say many tears were shed and are still being shed since that moment. I always new that someday I would encounter someone who would judge my daughter but I guess I was praying that I would be prepared.

Maybe my life's mission has now become to educate our youth concerning children with disabilities...

thanks for listening...

Myrtle Beach Spring Break

Addison had a wonderful time at the beach. She loved the breeze blowing through her hair as we rode around in the golf cart. She went swimming and touched those toes to the sand for the first time. I'm not sure if she really enjoyed the pool but we will try again another time. She was all smiles at the beach though unlike last year. I can't wait to go back in July when it is warmer for her to enjoy the outdoors even more! oh, by the way...not sure why the one pic is sideways...but you get the idea, right?

Friday, April 3, 2009

Easter pics

So the Easter pics weren't the experience I had anticipated. I shouldn't set myself up for the dream of a happy child, friendly furry animal, laughing parents, yada, yada, yada... This experience couldn't have been further from that dream I had created in my mind. Poor Addi was upset, hating the silky dress I made her wear, the wicker chair was rough on her legs...the only thing that did happen like my "dream photo shoot" was that Thumper was so cooperative we didn't even know he was there. What a perfect bunny!

We are heading to Myrtle Beach for spring break...hopefully I will have wonderful photos to share!