Putting Mia to bed tonight and hearing her bedtime prayers has me reflecting on her tonight.

Mia’s prayer 🙏
Dear God
Thank you for my family...
Thank you that my parents were even born so I could be here...
Keep us safe...
Amen 🙏 
Mia’s heart and mind blow me away the more she shares with me.... 

Let’s think about some of her transformations: 
We were told she would never speak —> and we now have the most interesting conversations 

In the past, she was so sick 😷 all the time, she never got to play outside —> today, she took her dog, Cyndy, for a walk at the park 

She may never be able to express her feelings —> she has the biggest heart ❤️, feels for others, expresses her feeling with sad/happy tears, words, and drawings 

An hour of sleep 💤 was a good night for many years —> sleeps 10+ hours almost every night 

Behaviors were so out of control, I remember the days of screaming for hours non stop 🛑—> now she says, “you not make me really happy!” And we talk about it

52 prescription medications by age 2 —> she is step dosing off her last prescription, everything else is supplements and natural lifestyle products 😮 

It use to take 6+ months to teach her a new skill, like even the basic things most kids do.     —> she is rocking her homeschool 🏡 program this year. Even thought she is 8, and we are just now finishing Kindergarten, at one point we didn’t know if she would be able to ever learn anything other than basic life skills

Mia in the past couldn’t stand to be touched or loved 💜 on —> now we have snuggle time everyday. She lets me hold her, sing to her, talk to her... multiple times daily she interrupts what I am doing because she needs a hug and a kiss 💋, which many parents take this for granted, but when you do years without it, each one is so much more precious 

The days of teaching her to walk at age 2 with braces on her ankles, and struggling with falling all the way through age 5 —> she is dancing in her first recital in a few weeks 

She will probably never potty 🚽 train —> we have now even mastered all night without wetting the bed 🛏 
........... this could be a much, much longer list.... 
 
The transformation our family has experienced with her most days is beyond words... 
There were so many days without hope... just wondering how we were going to get through the next few hours... thinking about a future was an insane idea and too exhausting...

Today, we dream with Mia.... 
We have learned so many things along this journey with her, and weirdly thankful even for all the hard days because it helped us transform to today..... 

Oh how I can’t wait to watch the transformation to keep happening and watch her blossom
into the soul I always knew was in there from the very beginning.


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