Big news in our house today!
And not only did she smile for the first time. But she smiled for the FIRST TIME for her big brother, BRIAN!!! I'm so happy for him. This was the perfect scenario - for her to save her first smile for him. He was so excited and has been beaming about it this afternoon.
There's really not much I can write about this momentous occasion, so I'll let the photos show the story. I'm so happy that I just happened to be taking pictures of the two of them when it happened. Although I'm sure that was no coincidence. What a spirit lifter this was for me today.
Hope smiled... and here's how it went down:
Here it comes... wait for it...
THERE IT IS!!!!!!
You can see that twinkle in her eye.
I wish you a smile that comes easy, Hope... for the rest of your life.
*** Gavin's Birthday Project update! Brian, Hope and I went to the bank this afternoon and came home with grateful hearts and three checks. The Gift of Life Family House, DuPont Hospital's Child Life Department and the Chester County Intermediate Unit (Gavin's Trust Project) will each receive a check for $1,232.10 thanks to those who donated to Gavin's Birthday Project! I know each of these organizations will put the money to good use. And I was grateful for yet another opportunity to model for Brian the importance of giving to others. At his age, he may not fully grasp the incredible and far reaching effects of his brither's life and death - and the way it has inspired so much good in so many. But I hope one day he will feel overwhelmed as he realizes how much was accomplished and how lives were changed all because of love.
Because we knew you, Gavin... we have been changed for good. Happy (Belated!) Sixth Birthday! We love you. We miss you. And now we'll see you in your sister's smiles.***