Just wanted to share a peek at some professional pics we got taken of Lauren. A huge thanks to Diana's Photography. Diana was wonderful to work with and I would recommend her services to all families. She volunteered her photography services as part of the Littlest Hero Project. I should have more pictures to share in the upcoming weeks.
The link to the Littlest Hero Project is posted on the sidebar of this blog. After I read through all the stories of the children that have participated in the Littlest Hero Project, I realize how blessed we are, and how we should never take anything for granted. Although I often feel that Lauren has her challenges, I realize in reading the stories on this website, that Lauren is actually fortunate in a lot of ways. Everyone has their own set of hurdles and there are a lot of kids who have even larger and bigger challenges to overcome. Its eye opening to read these stories and it shows you how resilient and strong kids can be. And because of their shining strength, they become our littlest heroes - kids we admire, because despite their obstacles, they do the best they can and often achieve things we never imagine.
I remember once watching Dr. Phil and he was lecturing to an overweight man about his weight. And he said to the man, "you've got legs, why don't you exercise by running, climbing stairs, walking etc?". The man said he was too lazy. And Dr. Phil said something to the likes of, "There are kids out there who are born with no legs, or who lost their legs, or who are unable to use their legs and they would give their right arm to have legs, to be able to walk, run and climb. So you have no excuse not to use your legs and you owe it to them, to use what you have to its fullest potential. You have blessings you probably aren't aware of and you are fortunate in ways you probably never thought of."
This episode of Dr. Phil has stuck in my mind for years. His words were just so powerful and so meaningful. You never think of you legs in that way...and how there are people who don't have legs. And how everything that you have from your fingers to your toes is really a blessing. You take for granted that everyone is born with 10 fingers and 10 toes, but there are always the exceptions, and there will always be people who will never be able to feel water running through their hands or the sand inbetween their toes. Lauren is my Lauren. I am thankful for her 10 little fingers and her 10 little toes.
Count your blessings, all the big ones, and the little ones too.