Nathan officially "aged out" of Early Intervention in August, and when we made the decision to send Nathan to Preschool, we had to say good-bye to Nathan's A-Team. It was one of the saddest days I've had in years and even after several months, writing this brings tears to my eyes.
For the first-time, I'm going to introduce them to you.
Dale recently came to visit Nathan at his new school and it took him a few minutes to remember her, but when he did all he wanted to do was hug her! He didn't want to let go. Broke my heart to see how much he missed her.
Today, Kim is expecting her third child and we wish her nothing but the best. She's an amazing therapist, person, and mother. We certainly miss her constant presence in our lives.
I knew this day would come and we'd be forced to say good bye. I agonized for about two years over what I'd give them when this day would eventually come. I wanted to leave them with something that would remind them of Nathan and the love they gave him, the hope they gave us, and honored their dedication to all children facing such obstacles in their lives.
We bought each of them a Pandora bracelet with an Angel of Hope charm. We hope that each time they look at it, they'll be reminded of the "hope" that each life brings and of the "hope" that families such as ours desperately need. Each child with a disability has something to offer the world and it's our "hope" that the world recognizes it and embraces our children. Well, that's my hope anyway.
Kathi, Laurie, Dale, and Kim ~ We miss and love you. Thank you for being who you are and choosing to help children like Nathan, that face major obstacles and challenges everyday. Some people just know how to be mothers, others, like myself who have children with special needs, have a lot to learn. Thank you for helping me do everything in my power for Nathan at such a young age, and for your unconditional love and support. I am forever grateful and indebted to you. xxoo