Our sweet, silly, sensitive 5-year-old daughter.
Her smile is a ray of sunshine.
She loves with a fierceness I've never seen.
She is the light of our lives. The best thing Jeff and I have ever done together.
She's adjusted remarkably well to our new life. She was at the beach the day of Jeff's accident. In fact, she saw it happen. She talks about it often, sometimes even telling complete strangers the events of that day.
She is what has kept us moving forward all this time.
She faces our new life without fear, without judgement, without the sadness of things in our life that will never be the way they used to be. We have learned so much from her outlook.
And she has learned so much over the past 10 months. She knows things that very few other 5 year olds know. And she does things even adults are scared of.
Example: here she is switching Daddy's vent tubes like a pro.
We are so proud of our girl. We know that she will face many challenges in this life as she gets older - having to field questions about why her Dad is different from other dads, having to educate her peers on what it means to have a dad with a spinal cord injury. And we hope that her caring nature and determined spirit will help her meet those challenges with success. She's done just fine so far.