Sunday, March 25 is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.
In our house, we are aware of cerebral palsy every single day, even though its only a tiny part of who our girl is.
Because of cerebral palsy, our girl works harder than any other little girl we know (and often to do things that come so easily to others).
Because of cerebral palsy, B and I have learned what it truly means to be determined . . . to "try very hard" even when things are tough (as we tell our sweet girl, and as she does, again and again).
Because of cerebral palsy, we have learned to celebrate the inchstones, to truly truly appreciate the little things. And to never take anything for granted.
Because of cerebral palsy, we've met some truly amazing people - people that love our girl so very, very much (her therapists, doctors, teachers) - the people that make up "Team Sammie B." The other parents that walk this road with us. People we might not have otherwise met, but without whom, our lives wouldn't be the same.
Because of cerebral palsy, we are aware of how much goes into things that might otherwise seem simple, like pedaling a bike.
Because of cerebral palsy, the day our girl pedaled her trike all by herself, this mama cried. The happiest kind of tears!
And, I can't think of anything better to share with you today than these two amazing videos of my girl doing just that . . . pedaling her trike. She makes me so, so proud. You can watch them here and here!
She's on her way.
To the little girl, who just happens to have cerebral palsy, who made me a mama. Who taught me how to be a mama. Who makes me a better person every.single.day. She is amazing. She is magic.
“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” - Shel Silverstein