Beautiful TulipsA couple of weeks ago on wintery morning, I got to experience a little bit of spring. Tulips were blooming at the annual appreciation breakfast hosted by Kids on the Move. For those who may not know, Kids on the Move is a great local organization that helps families who have children with disabilities or developmental delays. During the celebration breakfast, parents shared their stories. One of the parents, Sarah Samuelson, spoke about her daughter, Lucy, who has a rare disorder called Sotos Syndrome. Sarah is an artist who has always had a passion for painting tulips. Sarah’s bright, cheerful paintings are featured at both Kids on the Move and Primary Children’s Hospital. Visit her blog at tulippainter.blogspot.com to catch a glimpse of her beautiful work and her beautiful daughter. Her tulip paintings are significant in these places that serve children who are dealing with challenges. Have you read the essay called “Welcome to Holland” written by a mother to describe her experience as the parent of a disabled child? It is a heartfelt piece that likens the excitement of expecting a baby with planning a special trip to Italy. When parents find out that their child has a disability, they may find themselves on a different parenting journey than they originally expected. Instead of going to Italy, they are now going to Holland. The journey is different, but there is beauty along the way such as the tulips in Holland. I so admire the strength of parents and the many others who work with Kids on the Move. It is inspiring to see these folks work so hard to provide the best possible lives for our children.
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