Know what today is? This guy’s birthday!
That’s right, today my little miracle baby brother turns 3. In case you don’t know the story of how my parents began fostering Mark when he was six months old (and they were in their SIXTIES), you can read more about it here. And then you can catch up on how he stole our hearts, exceeded every expectation and became a member of our family here.
As I sit here & write this today, a lot has changed in Mark’s life. He has teeth. He is vocal (not verbal). He can voluntarily move his arms & legs. He has the most beautiful smile (see it above?!) And the biggest news of all, Mark starts school in the fall! He will be attending a EEE program in our community and interacting with children of different ages and mental/physical capabilities (several of the other children are “normal’). He will be working with a speech therapist who will try to develop a system for Mark to communicate his needs. He’ll work with physical and occupational therapists. He will be so loved and cared for. He’s even going to a ride the bus!
My family is hopeful for more growth and potential from Mark, but at the same time we realize every day we have him is truly a gift. He wasn’t expected to make it to a year and he has surpassed that and so many more milestones. So while we remain hopeful, our greatest feeling is that of gratitude for this little boy that changes lives everywhere he goes. Enjoy more pics of the birthday boy below. Some are new. Some are old. Some have been shared across social media and some have never been seen. Happy birthday Brudder. I love you! xo