So, I was feeling a little guilty after my last blog post. You see, I didn't want anyone to think I was making reference to them when I was speaking about perspective. It was more of a general statement, not referencing any one person in particular. But that's the problem with generalities, folks tend to think you are talking about them. That was truly not my intention, so if I offended anyone, I apologize. Shortly after I posted that last blog entry, I was given my own dose of perspective.
We attended a holiday party put on by a great organization called Hope's Friends. (The photo above is from that party, with Sadie looking inquisitively at Santa.) The organization, under the Hospice umbrella, provides palliative care to children with life-limiting conditions. Attending the party were children with a variety of different diagnoses and conditions. It was a great reminder that even we need a little perspective from time to time.
Sadie has had a few busy weeks as we wrap up 2011. In addition to the holiday party mentioned above, we've spent time with our dear family and have gotten together with a few close friends for the holidays - all of whom showered Sadie with love and affection. She had her monthly visit to Lekotek (the special needs toy-lending program) where we picked out some great toys for her to play with over the holidays. We also heard back from our local park district, who agreed to install a special needs swing for Sadie at our neighborhood park. We're looking forward to warmer weather so she can enjoy her first time playing on a playground!
As we wrap up another year, I am reminded of all the wonderful people and organizations who have helped our family. From the friends and family who sat bedside with us during Sadie's five hospital stays this year to the volunteers who helped with caring for our lawn while Sadie was in the hospital. We are eternally grateful for everyone's support.
Here's to a happy and HEALTHY 2012.