Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cecely's 9th Birthday

The Cookie
The Birthday Girl!

Cecely turned 9 years old on August 20th.  Every year on her birthday, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have her.  She was born early and with many complications, and it would have been very possible for her to have had severe permanent injuries or to have not have made it at all.  Thankfully, when she was born, we were blessed to have an amazing medical team surrounding her, who worked immediately from her arrival where she was not breathing to delivering her back to Mark and me in our hospital room.  Cecely does have some developmental issues.  There are days when her limb tremors are so evident, and she struggles to complete simple tasks.  There are days when her mind and body are not on the same page.  There are days when her little body is just worn out.  But, she is here.  She is a miracle.  She is a blessing!
This year, I had initially planned a celebration at home, like we do most years.  But, Cecely had a different plan in mind.  The girl loves to shop, and that is what she wanted to do.  So, we gathered for lunch at Hickory Tavern at Biltmore Parke.  The set-up there is great.  The kids were able to play in the yard while the adults visited.  We had a great lunch and a big cookie to share, per Cecely's request.  For gifts, she made out with lots of gifts cards to Charming Charlie's, Barnes and Noble, and cash to supplement.  So, that little lady was ready to hit the stores.  After some shopping, we went to the movies to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green (which was great!).  I think it's safe to say that her majesty had an excellent day!

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