Saturday, January 15, 2011


Makenzie has now gone walking in 3 public places.

We have gone to Target twice and today we went to the airport to pick up my brother. The first time we went to Target I was so busy being excited that Makenzie was doing so well I completely forgot to worry about the reaction we would get at the store. Frankly, I didn't really care!


There are a few things I have learned over the last three days. First, walking therapy at Target is more expensive then therapy at home! Second, taking Makenzie's walker along with her wheel chair takes up the whole van, and third, most people that have spotted Makenzie in her walker are very kind and accepting of my princess!

It is very interesting to watch the reactions people have to a little girl walking around in a contraption they have never even imagined. Some will look but pretend they aren't. Children point and ask very to the point questions. Most of the parents of these children responded with something like.... why don't you go say hi to the little girl. Older people  usually made a comment about how beautiful Makenzie is and yes, there are those few who were outwardly bothered by the whole situation.

Yesterday I was at the customer service counter returning something. The cashier looked down at Makenzie and smiled. Then she looked at me and told me she had never seen anything like that before. Love it! I looked back and told her Target therapy was quit expensive and we both chuckled as I walked away. Then there was an older gentleman who played along with Makenzie and Kaleb as they raced down the aisle. He was convinced Makenzie was gong to win!

There was  one lady who was irritated because Makenzie was in her way. I just looked at her, smiled and said... excuse us! 

We took our time and had so much fun! I got many comments about how beautiful Makenzie is and for the most part smiles were abundant when we passed by!

Makenzie has taught me so much. Acceptance has been one of the huge lessons I have learned over the last 3 years. This week the tables have turned and I have watched the world accept Makenzie!  It feels so good to know something so simple as my princess, in her walker, at Target, could touch so many lives!

I am so blessed and incredibly proud to be Makenzie's mommy!

Believe... Prayer Works!


Reed Family said...

I don't understand how anybody could see Makenzie and not smile. Her joy is contagious! I'm sure she was all giggles as she ran up and down the aisles at Target. I wish I could have been there! :D

Meg said...

Hi there =)

I have been reading the blog for the past few weeks and I just wanted to say hello and say thank you for sharing Makenzie's incredible journey. When you posted about finding a walker that works for Makenzie and I watched the video of her and the cat, I cried. I am so excited for this sweet girl and was overjoyed to see her gain some independent mobility. You are an amazing mom for always fighting for her and never giving up. Thank you for sharing your lives online.

Best wishes,


Susan, Mum to Molly said...

Speaking of Acceptance...

bab006 said...

Thanks for sharing. It brought tears to my eyes love hearing beautiful stories of acceptance. Makenzie is a sweetie.

Oatie - IWillSkate on Ice said...

Dear Mackenzie's mom and Mackenzie,

What a fantastic post, so happy for Mackenzie and that she has been having some fantastic experiences in her walker. She is a beautiful and smart little girl. Love Oatie's mum xxx

Tracy said...

How wonderful to feel acceptance! I still feel like I get looks when I take Jackson out in his wheelchair. I love that you took her for Target therapy.

Liz said...

Hi,My name is Liz. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for something else. I am deeply touched by Mackenzie's story. Even though I don't know you, I pray for Mackenzie everyday. Your devotion to her and your faith is inspiring.

OT4U said...

Wow!!! I LOVE it!!

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