Monday, April 10, 2006

"She makes me want to be a better person"

I basically stole the title of this post from Jack Nicholson's line to Helen Hunt in the movie, "As Good as it Gets". But, you know, it's so true. For the rest of my life I don't think I can ever tell too much about Wyndham that I will tire of her story. How does a person get sick of talking about a miracle?! From age 3 weeks, Wyndham has had to fight for her life- literally at times. She's small in stature, but she makes up for it in perseverance and heart. I snapped these pictures over the weekend. They make me smile; I think they should make you smile- even if you aren't her mother.
You see, a year ago at this time Wyndham was only crawling on her hands and knees to get around. She could stand steady, only if she were leaning against a wall. She had just learned to climb up the stairs, but she couldn't go down the stairs. She was rarely letting us know if she had preferences of any kind. For example, if she were hungry, even though she knew some basic signs, she wouldn't let us know she wanted something to eat. She wouldn't fuss or cry or throw a fit. She would simply wait for us to bring it up or wait until mealtime.
These pictures give you a small glimpse of just how far she has come. She is in a wonderful rehab program and has therapy three times a week. (occupational, physical and speech therapy) All the hours she logs there are obviously paying off. Wyndham is walking independently, she is signing much more often, and in one picture, she even got her own little cup from the cupboard and poured herself a drink from the spout on the refrigerator. I was so proud of her! I wonder just how proud she is inside herself. I know she understands that she has certain limitations in life. What she'll never know is how much she inspires me every single day. Some people will never witness a miracle in their life. I get to live with one everyday. And sometimes it's nice to share my good fortune with people like you.


Valerie said...

Jody - you are blessed. She is beautiful and a precious gift!

pressingon said...

what a cutie...its amazing how much stronger little ones are than us. in mind and spirit. they are such tough little things. the things we say are impossible for them, no way...and with many prayers and the grace of our merciful God, they make it through. God is good jody. i know you recognize that in your everyday life. thanks for sharing!

Caren said...

Awesome! Go Wyndham!!

Melissa Adak said...

You have made my day!!! thanks..

Me! said...

Hey Jody!


1. That is awesome!!! Praise chokes me up with joy to see Wyndham's successes.

2. It is a huge witness to the joy and proper perspective you have in life, that you were celebrating Wyndham in that first picture...and not hollering, "EVA! Get off the back of my couch before I..." yada, yada, yada". : )

Happy Easter!!!

Me! said...

ooops...typo...I meant "Ava".'s 2 in the morning and I'm at work.


Knit and Purl Grrl said...

These are wonderful. It just goes to show how far people can come when they have someone who believes in them. Let that be a lesson to all of us!