Dancing in the Rain
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A Trisomy 18 Journey

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. -- Vivian Greene

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Gift of Your Smile





Dear Julia,
One year ago today, April 10, will always be the best day of my life. On that day, at the age of four months and ten days, you gave us your first real non-sleeping smile! This was a day I dreamed about and longed for without knowing if or when we would ever see it! That very day, Sydney and Isaac and I had lunch with friends Lisa and Noah, and I had just told Lisa at lunch how very much I wished for you to smile. When we arrived home, daddy was holding you. We all crowded around you, and you looked up and smiled a huge smile! And then you kept smiling! The cameras came out and you kept smiling! Your smile told us so much. It told us that you were feeling good. It told us that you felt loved. It told us that you were happy! The hope of your smile carried us through many hard days. Your genuine, responsive smile inspired us to cherish every day with you. And the memory of your smile still gets us through every day without you. We love you so much and are so thankful to be your family.



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5 comments:

Jodie said...

Oh, how I love that smile!

Anonymous said...

I love that picture! I still have it on my computer at home. I remember the day you sent the picture out . You sent it to our home email address and Richard forwarded it to me at work with a note - saying "I know you will want to see this picture now, it will make your day." It did and it still does.

Maureen

L said...

I know exactly how you felt! I described Lilly's first smile as "the happiest day of my life." :)

Anonymous said...

Her little smile - although a different day and a different picture - still graces the Helmig refrigerator.

Anonymous said...

What a very special day and so lucky you captured it on video. thank you for sharing.

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