Saturday, December 22, 2007

What Kind of World Do You Want

Last night I received an email from an old high school friend. In the email was a link to a video created by parents of an autistic little girl. Five for Fighting has a website that donates money to various charities each time one of these videos is viewed. Every time this particular video is viewed, 40 cents goes directly to Autism Awareness. (I have now linked this website 3 times in this blog entry...you should be able to find it without a problem.) Though Samantha doesn't have autism, I couldn't help but think of our little girl. When we found out we were pregnant, she was this perfect little child and we had so many hopes and dreams for her. Then, you find out things won't be exactly as planned. Your hopes and dreams are still there for your child, they just become different. You pray for each day -- for any small progress...a seizure-free day...and that she will be happy and healthy. We pray that she will stand and walk on her own. We pray that she will be surrounded by good people who will love her -- and not be cruel because of her set backs or physical appearance. We pray she will have supportive friends. We pray that she will know that we adore her, want what's best for her, and even though things may be hard for her, that we are forever by her side. We pray that she, above all, will be happy and optimisitic -- that she will know she is a child of a Heavenly Father who deeply loves her. I guess no matter what the situation is, we all want the same thing for our kids. Take a minute to view this video at least once. As Christmas quickly approaches, take some time to hug the ones you love a little longer.

2 comments:

nathanandjessica said...

Nathan's nephew is autistic. He wasn't diagnosed until he was 8 or 9 though. He's so far behind. That was a very sweet video about that little girl.
On a different note, did you guys watch the game tonight? Can you believe it?

Page said...

Hi Jenny, this is Reagan's sister. Just blog-hopping to stay awake while nursing. :) I just want to tell you I really admire you for the way you are raising Samantha. Your optimism and faith in both your daughter and your Heavenly Father's plan are exemplary to all. Thanks for sharing!

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