Any parent can have sweet things to say about their child on their birthday. But mom blogger Jenny Rapson wrote an extra-special open letter to her daughter Sophie on her ninth birthday. This letter is important because it celebrates not only Sophie's birthday, but also the amazing journey Sophie took with her mom before she reached the big milestone. In the letter, Jenny writes, "God sure HAS changed your life—and mine." Look through the beautiful photos she shared to find out why.
Jenny Rapson begins her touching letter with a photo of her holding little Sophie just hours after she was born. She knew that having Sophie, her second child and her first girl, was going to change her life. She just didn't know how.
The life-changing moments started happening right away, and they were not entirely positive ones. Sophie completely tired Jenny out during the first couple years of her life, with constant screams for "Mommy!" and crying that seemed to never cease. Despite the exhaustion, Jenny loved the little girl more and more each day, another huge life change.
Little did Jenny know, a bombshell was coming. She found out that Sophie was developmentally delayed at three years of age, especially in terms of speech and muscle strength. And this was a huge shock. As Jenny wrote, "I had no idea, my darling, because you had blinded me with all the things you were SO, SO good at. You weren’t even four, and you could read so many words! Letters, numbers, shapes, colors—those were all so elementary to you!"
But Jenny said she also had no idea that God would send the right people and the right resources to help Sophie get back on track right away. She was told her daughter would need three or four years of therapy. Sophie was discharged from speech and OT and IEP in only 18 months. For the first time, Sophie began to use her earlier stubbornness for good. A whole LOT of good.
Before Jenny knew it, Sophie was doing everything from singing a solo in front of strangers to being a flower girl in a wedding. Jenny wrote, "I had no idea you’d go from the girl who screamed and cried every time the song “Happy Birthday” was sung at a party, the girl who wouldn’t interact with peers or adults, the girl who was terrified of being in a crowd, to being the LITERAL life of the party!"
via For Every Mom