I thought I would have to teach my daughter about the world; turns out I have to teach the world about her. They see a girl who doesn't speak,
I see a miracle who doesn't need words.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Well, I started this post in November and here it is February!

We celebrated this sweet girls 15th birthday on November 23rd.  

15.  Doesn't seem possible.  We've been through a lot the last 15 years and she has taught me so much about myself and about the things that really matter.  She's endured way more than any 15 year old girl should have to, yet she powers through every day and every struggle with a smile on her face and determination.  

This birthday was special for a lot of reasons but it was made even more special by two people we didn't meet until the night before her birthday.  Back in September when Alex was so sick she was put into a palliative care group called Noah's Children.  I need to write a whole separate post about this amazing organization and what a blessing it has been to us.  A woman named Pearl had contacted Noah's Children and wanted to celebrate the life of their granddaughter that was born still born in November 2 years ago by helping to celebrate a child in the program.  Our nurse manager contacted me and asked if she could put Pearl in touch with me since Alex was getting ready to celebrate her birthday.   Pearl and I spoke on the phone and she and her husband Joe wanted to bring something to make her birthday special.  

Meet Pearl and Joe!
Alex was very excited to meet them! :) 

Not only did Pearl bring a cake, but she made Alex a special doll cake from scratch.  When I was younger, my grandmother had a Barbie doll cake made from a Darcy Barbie.  It was my favorite birthday cake of all time and it brought back wonderful memories of my grandmother.  It made this cake that Pearl made so much more special.

And they brought her a gift that she loves, the dancing robot - she giggles every time he dances.

The world is full of so much hatred and turmoil right now that I can't even begin to express what this gesture did for my soul. Joe and Pearl chose to take a devastating event and turn it into a blessing for a complete stranger.  If we were all a bit more like Pearl and Joe the world would be a much better place.  

The next day on Alex's actual birthday we lit the candles and sang Happy Birthday to her and she loved it.  

Later that afternoon we had friends over and my sweet little friend Jane Anne made her this picture. The world could really use a few more Jane Anne's as well.  I love this sweet soul more than she knows.  I also love this picture and how I feel like they're saying SO much to each other without saying a word.  

Alex enjoyed another round of singing Happy Birthday, eating some icing and opening her presents.

The next day was Thanksgiving and it also happened to be her most favorite person on the planet's birthday too - HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA!!!

And more celebrating!

I am so thankful for the friends we have in our life, old and new.  I'm beyond thankful for our families and for all of the love that is bestowed upon our sweet girl.

So much more to catch up on, hopefully it wont be another 5 months before I can blog again!!

1 comment:

Susan said...

It was so great to see her so happy on her birthday and loving the Barbie cake. What a great friend Jane Anne is to be able to say so much with just that look. I hope Alex is doing better.