"May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit."

~Romans 15:13

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lilah's first egg-hunt at school

Do you know what warms this Mama Bear's heart?

When Lilah is included. Treated JUST like YOU treat you children.

I don't consider Lilah "different" anymore. She is JUST like your child.
Yes, she may take longer to do things that your child does, but she figures out a way to do them her own way and on her own time.

Thursday at her school she had her first Easter Egg hunt with her typically functioning peers.

She LOVED it.
The eggs.
She opened each one before they made it into the bucket.
And she squealed with delight as she played with her friends.
Lilah is loved so much by all the people she encounters.

These next two images are of Lilah and her sisters. The first if of her and Ashley.

Ashley is her "almost" step-sister. But, you should see them together. This is a bond I could have never expected, anticipated, nor seen God preparing for both of them. Ashley loves Lilah something fierce. And the feeling is mutual.
This next image Lilah is listening to Ashley's ipod with her headphones during a band concert. Lilah is being snuggled by Sammie and she loves to hear some Justin Bieber, Thrift Shop, Maroon 5, and many more.
The more Lilah experiences in this life, the more she loves it.

I am grateful for all that I have learned from my most precious gift!

Friday, March 8, 2013

St. Patty's Day Parade at school

Yesterday at Lilah's school they had their annual "Green Day Parade."
Lilah did so great!

She was very interested in how everyone else had their bikes, strollers, and wagons decorated.
I LOVE how excited each child gets!

As Lilah turned the corner the second time, she became even more comfortable and waved at the pastor of the church.

Look at how STRONG and confident she is....
To think how FAR she has come in 4 years.
Lilah was VERY interested in the bikes. She kept calling out "bike." I know how much she loves the tricycle at therapy, so I think it is time I invest in something she can ride.

They next two images of Lilah and her friend, Gabby, make me tear up. Lilah LOVES Gabby. She calls for her at home, and when I walk her in to school this is the person she asks most for... besides her teacher.
Gabby LOVES Lilah as well. She doesn't treat Lilah differently. She just sees her friend. God BLESS her parents for the great job they are doing raising this sweet girl.
Many parents stopped me yesterday and told me how GREAT Lilah is doing. How far she has come. Several said the words "its night and day" from when she started the school.

I cannot thank Bloomingdale First Baptist Preschool enough for taking a chance on my sweet Lilah.

Lilah has exceeded her goals in her therapies because she is with typically functioning peers AND siblings. Lilah does not know she is differently-abled.

Lilah does all she can to do what her friends do at school and what her siblings do at home. She may take a little longer getting there, but she figures out a way.

Her teacher, Amy, told me yesterday that Lilah got up on the second step of the monkey bars at recess. And her PT was there to see it.

God is so good.