Sunday, July 11, 2010

Celebrate Good Times

By the time it get this posted I am pretty sure it will be July 11th 2010 and that means that my BABY is 5 YEARS OLD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAKENZIE!

I never thought that any of my children would teach me so much. I thought I was going to be the teacher however I have learned more in the last 5 years of Makenzie's presence on this earth then I ever imagined I would learn in my whole life time.

I have learned that this song should NEVER be taken for granted




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Every single time you get to sing Happy Birthday to your loved one is a true gift from God. Makenzie loved it so much this year that we sang it twice!

I have learned that each and every one of us are so different and should be cherished for who we are.




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So instead of getting Makenzie a pink and purple princess cake I got her an Elmo cake. She loves Play with Me Sesame and smiles every time she sees Elmo. He is her favorite TV character, not any of the Disney Princess's. Even though I desire to have a girly girl she is not and I love that about her!

I have learned how truly important friends and family are.




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Julia and Makenzie are so sweet together and even though neither one of them can speak they still connect on a VERY deep level. Makenzie loves people in the most innocent and perfect way and there are days that I am jealous of her special ability to do so!

I have learned that there are so many simple things in life that can provide so much joy.




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Makenzie laughs all the time. You will find it a true rare moment to see Makenzie in a bad mood. She can find joy in just about anything despite her many limitations.

I have learned that God will put the right people in your life at the right time.






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Makenzie has the best team of therapists. They care so much for her and all believe in Gods healing power. They are always there for our family and never quit trusting that God will heal Makenzie. When I am down they are always there to remind me how far Makenzie has come. They are the best. There are many other people that God has into our lives at just the right time. Amazing!

I have learned that messes are not always a bad thing.




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 I put some frosting and cake on Makenzie's tray. Two years ago she would have flexed her whole body and cried the second her hand hit the cake and frosting. Today she moved her hands around in the mess and laughed. She looked down at the cake and giggled. She had so much fun.

I found some coconut milk "ice cream" and she LOVED it. She was covered in chocolate but this mess was adored by all. She is eating. Not only is she eating.... she is loving it! I love her messes!

I have learned that gifts consist of so much more then what is inside the box.




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Makenzie loves toys and each gift was picked just for her but she didn't ask me all day if she could open her presents... she doesn't get that concept. The wonder in her eyes was priceless though when she sat on the couch and started opening them. Even if she did not get one gift she would have been happy. Just seeing everyone come and celebrate my little girls life was worth more then anything contained with in the bright colored packages. The Miracle of life. The Miracle that is Makenzie and my boys.

Every year I wait for these occasions to knock me off me feet with grief but it never happens. There are way to many things to be grateful for.

Tonight my boys dug out the camcorder to record the tricks they where doing on the tramp. I have not seen that thing in over 3 years. I knew the tape inside had videos of Makenzie before her accident. Videos I did not want the boys to accidentally record over. In order to find a tape they could record onto I had to face what I have been avoiding since March 25th 2007. Video of Makenzie.

I sat and watched some of the video. I smiled. My neighbor came over and I handed her the camcorder to show off my beautiful daughter. There were no tears. Just joy. Amazing Joy.

The thing is.... yes that was my daughter walking, eating, dancing, talking .... but.... accident or no accident that is not who she would be today. That is my baby. Those are the same memories I would have of her regardless. They are AMAZING memories.

Today I could not be more happy with the little girl Makenzie has become.

Believe... Prayer Works!

5 comments:

Shauna Quintero said...

Awww! What a great post!
Happy birthday, Makenzie!
She almost looks like she was disappointed that they blew out the candles, she loved them so much.
Beautiful!

Susan, Mum to Molly said...

Oh yay, I get to be the first to say (on yr blog)...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mackenzie!!

It looks like you have had an awesome celebration already.

I'm so pleased that watching the video from 'before' was not sad for you...

I've been reading your blog for a while (its fabulous), but didn't realise till today how similar our girls are.

My Molly also suffered a devastating brian injury in a terrible accident when she was a baby, and will be turning 5 on August 1st - exactly 3 weeks after your Miss M!

How right you are - do not take a single singing of Happy Birthday, or even a single moment for that matter - for granted.

Amen to that.

Take care, Susan
Sydney, Australia

Deana said...

Happy Birthday Makenzie! 5 was a big birthday year for us too. I hope you have a great birthday...and this year is the most amazing yet!

Monster Max's mom

Reagan Leigh said...

Happy Birthday Makenzie!!! You are such a darling little girl and you have touched the hearts of so many!

ParkerMama said...

Happy Birthday!

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