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The Miracle Worker

When I was a little girl, I was semi-obsessed with Helen Keller and one of my favorite movies was The Miracle Worker.

They kind of like each other. Can you tell?

They kind of like each other. Can you tell?

In the privacy of our own home, we like to make jokes about Heather being Collin's Annie Sullivan. But that comparison is more true than it is funny.

First ever field trip, courtesy of Heather.

First ever field trip, courtesy of Heather.

Because of Heather, Collin can can try new things.

Because of Heather, Collin can just be a six year-old.

Most of my pictures of Heather look like this: totally intent on Collin.

Most of my pictures of Heather look like this: totally intent on Collin.

Because of Heather, Collin makes art.

Because of Heather, Collin makes friends.

Heather makes sure Collin participates as much like the other kids as possible.

Heather makes sure Collin participates as much like the other kids as possible.

An example of the kinds of project Heather and Collin cook up.

An example of the kinds of project Heather and Collin cook up.

Heather can do a g-tube feeding, check blood ketones, and work a bipap machine, oxygen tank, or concentrator, depending on the need. She can also haul Collin's 45 pound self up the slide at the playground and figure out how to keep him on a ride-on toy at recess. 

Heather and Collin do a lot of laughing and singing and dancing together, but they also do a lot of hard work and therapy.

They love being together and they miss each other when they're apart.

Happy, happy birthday to one of the best presents this family has ever received.