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Lucky Number 7

March 14, 2014

A daughter is a gift of love. ~Author Unknown

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I’ve never known anyone with such a capacity for love as her. I’ve never met anyone with such a keen sense of justice at such a young age, such a sense of loyalty to her friends and to her brother and sister.

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She’s been so much in her seven years. She’s been the dutiful little sister, playing her role in whatever adventure her big brother has dreamed up for them. She’s been the patient big sister, waiting with me through countless doctor and therapy appointments so Mary could get the help she needed. She’s the caring and compassionate comforter, stroking her baby sister’s forehead when she was upset, or patiently trying to teach her how to play dolls.

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She is my dreamer. To her all fantasies are real. The princesses in Disney World were there just for her; the dolls in her closet all have feelings and need to take turns coming on outings with us, just so they don’t get lonely.

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She is the one who stole her father’s heart. Our little princess who needs only smile to get exactly what she wants from her doting Daddy. She has the most beautiful smile, and a gentle heart to go with it. She is firey and sprited, but dreamy and caring.

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Just last week, she asked me to cut her long locks of hair. She’s been having trouble brushing her hair, in large part because of her sensory issues. So she decided, on her own, she wanted to donate her beautiful golden mane to a child with cancer. You’ve probably heard that people with autism lack empathy? This has not been our experience- especially with this little princess.

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She is the one who keeps me grounded in the things that are really important- she’s the one I can always blame the dirty dishes on, as she gently and cheerfully pulls me away from the kitchen so we can play dolls or work on a puzzle together.

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And even though she just turned 7 this week, she will always be my baby girl.

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Happy Birthday Joyce.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. alexrawfootage permalink
    March 15, 2014 12:01 am

    To me that is very nice post. If you can please hit follow I will be very grateful thank you http://alexrawfootage.wordpress.com

    • March 15, 2014 2:13 am

      Hi Alex- thanks for stopping by! Your writing is wonderful. I look forward to your film and I am so impressed that you have overcome so much. Blessings to you. 🙂

      • alexrawfootage permalink
        March 15, 2014 2:14 am

        Well that means a lot to me and thank you so much and hopefully you have a wonderful weekend thank you.

  2. Life&Ink permalink
    March 15, 2014 1:02 am

    Happy Birthday Joyce (and mom)!

  3. March 16, 2014 4:02 pm

    So lovely!

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