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Good News Friday - The Collin Edition

As you know, Monday was Collin's birthday.

It also happened to be a snow day around here. So, Wednesday morning (Collin's school program is a MWF schedule) we packed up the temporary tattoo books Collin had picked as a treat for his classmates, along with some leftover goodies from his weekend birthday party. It was going to be fun, but no big deal. 

Except this is what happened. 

Decorations, party horns, a planned-out surprise. Those streamers in the lower left hand corner are special decorations for Collin's chair and there is a stack of handmade birthday cards from his classmates. 

It totally stunned me and melted my heart into mush. I'll spare you the sermon on inclusion. The videos speak for themselves.

Happy 7th Birthday, Collin

It wasn't long ago that Collin's birthdays were really hard for me. They brought up all of the pain surrounding his birth and infancy. They pointed out to me the difference between him and the other kids his age. They poked my wounds while I was coming to terms with who Collin is and letting go of who I had thought he would be.

And now, now. Collin's birthday is a true celebration for me. It is a reminder of healing and joy.

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy.

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.

Birthday Boy

Every year for his birthday, Collin gets a video with pictures of his past year set to a song. In the past, I have had the honor of choosing the song, but this year Collin is getting somewhat opinionated (he IS six, after all), so he got to choose.

He chose this song because: 1. It narrowly beat out this beatbox performance as his favorite song of the year; and 2. It is about taking a bath (basically), which is also one of his favorite things to do.

Enjoy.