This is Elise.
We named our Elise after her. She volunteered at the beginning of the summer to watch our kids twice a week for the whole summer for FREE! She is an amazing, selfless young lady with a super bubbly personality! I just love her :) Our kids have grown to love her as well.
Awhile ago I remember lying in bed, feeling sorry for my Elise. We had named her after this sweet and amazing girl and I felt bad that our Elise wouldn't get the chance to experience as many things as her. I somehow felt cheated.
Just then I had the most amazing experience. The veil felt so thin and I got a glimpse of who our Elise was. It was something I'll never forget. I was taught that night that Elise isn't here to be taught about the world but instead would teach the world.
While I was so insistent on teaching her earthly things, I realized she was here to teach me heavenly things. It's so easy to feel defeated and like I'm not doing enough. I want more than anything to help her and for her to live the best life she can have. I get so focused on teaching her this and that, that at the end of the day I've realized she has taught me something more, something much better.
Elise is definitely a special name.
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!