Tuesday, July 31, 2007

That Was Then, This Is Now...


It is so hard to believe that our baby is already a whole year older. So much has happened in the past year that its hard to believe it has only been one year. There is a huge difference between then and now. We can only pray that Sam continues to make gains on a daily basis so that he can enjoy this life just as much as everyone else. I think the key to help make this next year of Sam's life a happy one is just accepting everything the way it is now. Of course we will continue to fight to give Sam the best chance he has in life. But as Sam gets older and smarter he is going to see that he is different from other children. It is important to me that I accept what his differences are (and I do) whole heartedly and that if he sees that I am OK with is differences then he will be OK too. I mean what is happiness anyway??? In my opinion happiness is accepting ourselves for what we are and who we are no matter what our limitations are. Our goal for the next year is to let Sam know that he is a super hero no matter what challenges he has in store. If Sam can eventually swallow, talk, walk, dance, sing that would be great, but if he can't do those things then that will be fine too. As long as our baby is happy, healthy, and smiling then everything is perfect and so is he. Happy Birthday to the most beautiful and perfect baby boy!!!


jch said...

Hey Carrie,

It's taken me a long time to come to where you are now. I've written about it before but I'll say it again, my biggest struggle with Ira's been accepting him right now; as he is now. And not accepting him on the basis for what I hope for him in the future. I'm still struggling with it but I'm getting there. Thanks for this post.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sam! We love you.

The Schwams

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sammy we love you. You are our hero too!
With all the love in our hearts,
Grandma Lorraine and Grandpa Frank

Anonymous said...

WOW 1 year old "little man"

Carrie - You & Scott are 2 of the strongest people I know - and because of that Sam Shines !
I know whatever the future holds (all good) will come of it because SAM has you both !

Thank you for sharing your special day with us !

OOOOOH - That smile - I just wanna bite his face - (but I won't)hehe !

Uncle Chris - Auntie Andrea - Juliana ( Nettie JR.)

Mimi and Poppy said...

Mimi and Poppy wish you the happiest of birthdays. Your party was great. You are our true super hero. Love and kisses.

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st Birthday 'Sammy' your the best!!!!!!!!! we love from your friends Taymah, Timothy & Tobias xxx

Anonymous said...

happy happy birthday sammy we love you grandpa dave and grandma mary

Anonymous said...

Sung but the wonder himself..Happy Happy 1st Birthday Sammy!
Aiden Rae and company gives you a kiss right on the mouth!
The Cohen's

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sam!
We love you and celebrate you.
We love watching you grow and know that you have the most amazing parents supporting you all the way. Carrie, thank you for sharing so much about your lives. This blog helps us to feel close and stay connected with you guys from afar.
Many happy returns to the little man!
dana and jordan

Anonymous said...

Samuel touches the hearts and souls of so many, he truly is a gift of love. Carrie, you really have a way with words. Your insight is inspiring and wise, thank you so much for doing this. You have a way of making me remember why life is so precious and beautiful AND what is really important in our short time on earth. I love you and am so proud of you! -Kelly

Alise said...

What more can be said you are an amazing person and more importantly an amazing mom! Together you Scott and Sam are a whole, no matter what the challenges that will not change!

Keep smiling!

Nicole said...

You are amazing. It is so true- because you are so happy and proud of him there is no doubt that Sam will be happy too! You have the best attitude!
Love Nicole S.