Happy Birthday Henry.
You are now 4 years old.
We have spent 4 years loving and caring for you.
You have spent 4 years trying to grow and learn.
We have had some success, and we have met milestones.
You have stopped crying.
You have gained weight.
We have begun to understand your attempts at communication.
We have learned to trouble shoot with out losing our minds.
Many people follow your progress.
Many people love you.
You have been an inspiration to some.
You have been a challenge for others.
We protect you from criticism.
We shelter you from outsider's fear.
We stand up to those that think they know better than us.
We tolerate only the best care from the professionals and clinicians.
You have become the axis.
The center that we all spin around.
We can do little to cure your whoas,
but we can try to make you as comfortable as possible.
We love you Henry.
We grieve still.
But where our pain has revealed weakness,
our love helps us find strength.
We will continue to watch you grow.
We have come through so much already,
We are confident that we can see you through.
Through trials, pain, grief and success.
Henry you are loved.
Henry you are accepted.
I hope our actions always reflect these things.
"Love, like a river, will cut a new path
whenever it meets an obstacle."
- Crystal Middlemas -