So here we are, all the birthday celebrations for my daughter’s 21st have been and gone but what a wonderful time it was! My heart is full of the joy and love which comes from sharing this special time with my family and having all my little chicks back together again in the nest!
Early last Friday morning, in the still of first light, I quickly tapped away at my laptop’s keyboard wanting simply to write a little something in celebration of my daughter’s special day, yet as I did so a wealth of emotion spilled out into my words; the joy in all the memories of my sweet little girl, now a beautiful young woman, but also the pain of her struggles living with Asperger’s Syndrome.
I was glad to have been able to write my simple ‘song’ to her.
Some of you know that it has been one helluva roller-coaster ride, some good days, quite a few bad days and one or two pretty horrific days. It is probably no coincidence, then, that one of our birthday activities was to spend a day at Thorpe Park!
Roller Coaster? Think the ‘SAW’ ride and you get the picture…
However, deep breath, I did not expect the incredible response that I received! The very moving comments left by so many of you as you shared your own sentiments about my poem and your incredibly kind birthday wishes for my daughter deeply touched me, all your precious words, pouring forth as they did from your own beautiful hearts.
You have all blessed me, and my daughter, indeed my family, so very much. A simple ‘Thank You’ seems very inadequate.
Therefore, I want to give you all a gift along with my heartfelt ‘Thank You’, which brings me nicely to the next part of this post! I have been awarded, so very kindly once again, by my lovely girl Maria over at Lost In The Labyrinth for The Sunshine Award. Thank you so much Maria for thinking of me and sending your extra-special brand of sunshine my way, it means a great deal to me!
I hope you don’t mind, however, that I’m going to bend the rules just a bit!
This, then, is my gift…I want to send you all a little bit of sunshine and press this very pretty flower into your ‘cyber’ hands. This Sunshine Award, I present to each and every one of you to display proudly on your blog. Go ahead, it’s yours, you deserve it!
Just know that I send it to you with a very grateful heart.
Last, but certainly not least, to my lovely husband, my darling boys and girlfriends, all my family and close friends (and of course my darling daughter!) who support me and follow my blog quietly from ‘behind the scenes’ and who never fail to encourage me greatly by sending lovely messages in emails, on Facebook or in texts and phone calls. You have always been behind me 100%.
This Sunshine Award is for you too, because, quite simply, you are my sunshine, my only sunshine…I thank you and I love you 🙂