Look who’s sitting in her car again!

Me!

This time, I’m in front of one of the local Boys and Girls club, it’s after dinner time, it’s cold and I didn’t bring my book.

Emily is in there with the lady from Community Living and her intern.

If it goes well tonight, this could be another recurring volunteer gig for my girl so I’m sitting here for what could be 3 hours…

Here’s to hoping she can have support worker hours approved to help with this as I can’t imagine I would enjoy volunteering here to help her.

How I wish I could be a fly on the wall to see how the kids are reacting to her, if they are nice to her, if she fits in.

I hate not being with her and provide her a buffer just in case but I know I have to give her room to learn and grow…

This is a crazy roller coaster ride my friends and here I thought it would get easier once she would be an adult.

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Busy weekend

When Emily was little I worried about her future.

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To put this in context, you need to remember that in October 1999…

Just days after the picture above was taken…  Genetic counselors a at the Montreal Children Hospital told us that due to Emily having Cri Du Chat syndrome, her future meant…

No walking!

No talking!

No understanding us!

No showing emotions!

No eating solid food!

At no point did they say this was a worst case scenario.

There was no doubt in their mind that this was going to be Emily’s life and we could see them feeling sorry for us.

We decided to give Emily the best life possible and that we would adjust to her needs and limitations.

This past weekend, was busy…

We had a roofing company over, putting a new roof on our house…

Meanwhile, Emily was starting her Cheer fall sessions.  It was time to talk goals and prepare a lesson plan She loved cheer this past summer so she’s ready for more.  Remember this picture?IMG_2820

An hour after cheer was done, Emily was at her baseball’s team end of summer game and party.  

  Emily and all her team mates got team jackets!  How cool is that?

  We had 39 players this year, divided into 2 groups.
We concluded Saturday with attending a hockey game.

Sunday morning, Emily was volunteering at her riding club. When coaches are tested to move up in their certifications, they need riders and Emily wants to help.

  

Emily helped coaches from other clubs on Sunday and they loved her 🙂

We had a busy weekend!

None of these would be possible if it wasn’t for amazing people getting together and wanting to provide opportunities for kids with special needs.

Thank you Cheer Olympia

http://www.olympiacheerleading.com/mobile/en/

Thank you Field of Dreams

http://monctonfishercats.com/fishercats2015/index.php/field-of-dreams

And thank you Cavalier riding club

http://cavalierridingclub.weebly.com

You are amazing and although I was grateful for this busy weekend to be over, I am even more grateful for the opportunities you are giving Emily and many others.

Thank you to your board of directors or owners and thank you to the volunteers who give their time, energy and positivity.

All of you, are part of our family now!

In the coming weeks, I will share more about Emily’s riding club as she starts her fall session this week and I will let you know more about Emily’s baseball team and our fully accessible baseball field project…