Saturday, December 29, 2012


There are so many things that I am thankful for, but tonight I want to highlight one of those at the top of my list: Family.

Our families are awesome for several reasons, but one that always gets me teary is how incredibly supportive they are - especially when it comes to Abby. From the moment we found out that she would have a different path in life, they were all right there, telling us we could do this, and loving her to pieces. They continue to do so.

Even when Abby is at her most difficult and demanding, they roll with it and charm her out of it. They laugh at her jokes and joys, and they couldn't be prouder of the little lady she is becoming. Take tonight for example.

Today was our last holiday gathering. We met with all the siblings at Nana and Papa's house. Everyone had a great time reminiscing and enjoying each other's company. They also would take time away from visiting to make sure that Abby was taken care of as well. Like when Aunt Keri and Uncle Joe left the dinner table to help Abby feed her doll, or when Uncle Joe helped Abby write a thank you note to Santa. The moment that really got me though was when I was in the kitchen and Jason came in to get a candle for Abby's cupcake. Nana had made them special for dessert for everyone, but the whole crew made it even more special for Abby because once the candle was lit they all sang a rousing "Happy Birthday" to her - despite the fact her birthday is in March. They love to see her joy and happiness, and I love them all the more for it.

Ready to blow out the "birthday" candle.

Enjoying the clapping that came next. What a sweetie!

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