Ga H&V, GBYS February Love Letters Blog Event
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Alec, for so many years I prayed for a child to complete our family. God picked you out just for me and he had you grow in my heart. When I received the phone call that a young woman had selected me to be your mommy, it was one of the happiest days of my life. On June 28, 2001, the moment you were born the doctor immediately placed you in my arms and I knew that my life was forever changed for the better. My baby boy...I made a promise to you that day, that I would place you before myself, be your biggest cheerleader in life, we would laugh endlessly, I would lift you up in times or sorrow, fight for you...lay down my life for you. That day, God knew that I would make those promises to you...and HE knew that was why he had picked me to be your mommy. There would be obstacles that you would face in life but we would face them together. From the moment that I heard the doctor's say the words, "deaf/hard of hearing", I looked at it as a blessing. I believe that God does not give us more than we can endure and through every challenge we face there is a lesson to be learned and you then have the opportunity to bless someone else. Little did I know that God would use you to teach me too. Through hours and hours of therapy...private schools...special education...deaf/hard of hearing specialists...speech...surgeries...etc., I watched you grow and learn and succeed. Success was never an option for you. The determination that you had within you was admirable to everyone who met you. I didn't have to teach you to do your best...give it your all...not take "NO" for an answer. My sweet boy, you had those gifts in you all along...you taught me.
Look at you now...16 years old...driving...a fantastic percussionist...marching with the East Coweta Marching Indians, one of the most well-known marching bands in the state of Georgia...invited to Georgia Tech for a summer Engineering program...Advanced/AP student...I could go on and on. Alec, you are a role model for all children who are told that they won't be able to do something because they are different. Of all the accomplishments you have achieved in your 16 years, what I am most proud of is that you embrace your differences and teach others compassion, acceptance and kindness. I thank God every single day for the gift of you. I am so excited to watch you change the world.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
I will love you forever, I will like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be...
Janne' Sharpe is a Parent Guide for GA H&V, Guide By Your Side Program