Proverbs 18:24 says that "...There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother"
That verse applies to this situation - especially since Kylie does not have any siblings. Our friends and helpers have become our family. I don't care if that is a conflict of interest in some areas (such as with therapists). These key people are as close to us as family. And it is no wonder!! We are with them up to 4 times a week. They know intimate details of our lives and we trust them.
These special people in Kylie's life have helped us in so many ways. They walk with us daily in our Autism Adventure!
Here are a few of the many people who love on our precious girl. How I wish I could picture them all.
|Miss Kimberly - a friend and also one of Kylie's Respite Providers. |
Kylie looks unhappy because she didn't like the sound of the helium machine.
Kylie loves that Miss Kimberly can make her balloon animals - especially pink puppies.
|Kylie and her friend Rebecca. |
Kylie and Rebecca share the same speech therapist. We often run into Rebecca and her family when we are out and about at various community events. It is always so much fun to find friends in common.
|These three (Ellen, Chloe and Elizabeth) are Kylie's helpers at Dance Without Limits (we love them all). DWOL is a ballet program sponsored by Ballet Des Moines specifically designed for children with special needs. This program has been such a blessing and joy to our family! Kylie has class every week at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance and it happened to fall on Halloween so the class was invited to wear their halloween costumes! It was great fun! They even did a spooky dance! Monika Peltz is Kylie's Dance Instructor and she is so wonderful with these kids!|
And then there is all the staff at ChildServe. If I have not mentioned it before now, we LOVE, love, love Childserve and all they have done and continue to do for our family! These are just a few of the special things they did to make Halloween fun for all the children.
|Erin (dressed as "Slinky Dog") is Kylie's Occupational Therapist, Julie (dressed as a friendly witch) is Kylie's Speech Therapist and Mary (dressed as Cookie Monster) is Kylie's Feeding Therapist (also an OT)|
|One of the other therapists (I wish I could remember her name) allowed Kylie to play Tic Tac Toe. Kylie had a "Cat's Game"... How fitting for a "Pretty Kitty" =0)|
|This is Marsha (as Minnie Mouse). She is another of Kylie's Occupational Therapists. Marsha is really creative. You can't see her shoes, but she took old croc shoes and covered them in yellow duct tape and then used yellow glitter glue to make Minnie Mouse Shoes. Marsha is also the one who came up with the game "Lucky Pumpkins"|
And THIS, by FAR, was the best part of Kylie's day...
|This is two therapists and one of the gals who work the front desk. |
(I wish I knew their names so I could rave about them).
These gals were so gracious to my Kylie. They aren't even her therapists and they took precious time out of their day to make her feel special! Yep! This is why we LOVE Childserve.
|One of the princesses let Kylie wear her crown - |
It was a sacred moment for Kylie.
|To top off Kylie's day, Her therapists invited her to play her favorite game: Duck Duck Goose!! Kylie was in Heaven!!|
It literally took a village to make Halloween a success for Kylie, but all these people and so many more helped to make her weekend special!!
Thanks to everyone who lavishes their love on our baby girl! Our meager Thanks will never be enough but know you hold a special place in our hearts and we will never forget!