Friday, January 24, 2014

~*Spina Bifida Christmas Party*~

We were blessed to attend the West Michigan Spina Bifida Organization Christmas Party back when it was actually Christmas. We have not become involved, yet, in the events they hold, outside of the Mom chats over coffee, but we'd like to jump into the community to plug our SB blessings in. 

We have been surprised that Analina, who clearly walks differently than others and wears an AFO to assist her, and at times needs wheeled help, has never vocalized that she notices a difference between herself and others. 

When we arrived at the parking lot Analina's face had turned to stone, I've heard it called the "survivor stare". Its this place they retreat to inside when they are afraid. She got out of the big van and immediately lit up. She saw several other little girls and boys in wheelchairs, with AFO's, or hobbling like her. Excitedly, she exclaimed, "They're just like me!" 

 She breathed a sigh of relief, relaxed, and literally fit right in...it was as if she were saying, "Hey, these are *my* people!". 

We enjoyed a wonderful evening of yummy food, great conversations, and a surprise visit from Santa who gifted each of my seven children with a small gift. Here are a few of the highlights. 

Face of stone or survivor stare...she got nervous.

Fake but a little better...

She's starting to warm up

Dalton loved it!

Peanut being nutty!

That's better! (And that was the best punch ever!)

My sweet husband!

The man!

She was happy to simply hug her gift, no need to even open it! That candy cane? Made her night!

She was so happy to have that walker!

Comparing lego kits, they bleed legos!

My Peanut loves her Minnie!

Most Asian girls think that Dora looks like them...the resemblance is uncanny!

Liking his heli!

He's stunned, I think.

My girl loves her a baby to hold!

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