Phew - the final day of the 31/21 challenge and except for that one late post I'm proud to say I did it! I have debated what this final post should be about so much I didn't get any of it done ahead of time so forgive me the errors not found in my normal proof reading day. And although I'll do a current Halloween picture post later this week - I thought I'd add a festive flashback touch to this probably boring post!
|2006 - 10 months|
|2009 (I was juggling a baby so this is the best shot I got that year!)|
I believe Cate has made us a stronger family. How can you not gain strength when you learn that you have so many people who will sit beside you and feed you for weeks when your baby has a major surgery? When you learn for a fact that your village will help raise your child willingly and lovingly? There is strength in being able to lean on other people and that is a lesson we might not have learned without Cate. She also taught us appreciation of the little things. As a family we revel in things as small as Cate's writing a personal birthday card because we know all the things it took for her to do that - she had to gain the hand strength to hold the pencil correctly, she had to learn to follow instructions enough to spell out the words, she had to sit still for more than 2 minutes ;-), she had to use her imagination to draw a picture of a cake. Pretty normal stuff for a 6 years so would we think something that little and awesome if it wasn't for therapy and extra practice? We'd be the poorer for not realizing the work that goes into growing up.