This day, on this blog, we're going to talk about this one amazing kid. God gave her to me, and I'm calling her mine while I have her. I can't even begin to take credit for how incredible she is, she just came like this.
When she was 18 months old, she memorized how to spell her name...R. Y. L. E. I. G. H.
Right after her third birthday, she could tell me what letter any word started with, because she knew what sound all the letters made. On a whim, I mentioned that "ch" makes the sound like "church" and "chicken"...and I threw in "th" for "thankyou" and "throw". She went ahead and picked those up, too.
I thought a day would come when she wouldn't be quite so amazing, and I wouldn't shake my head in disbelief at whatever she came up with next.
It hasn't happened yet. She continues to blow my mind, pretty much every day. Each of my kids have a way of doing that to me.
My dad asked her to speak about her life with diabetes for his company's United Way campaign. The goal was to encourage employees to donate a portion of their paycheck to United Way. She spoke at four different meetings at Millard Lumber in Omaha and Waverly.
I didn't get to go, and it kind of broke my heart a tiny bit. (*Thanks to Jacob Chapman for taking pictures!) She had the next best thing - my parents. They showed her an awesome time...starting with hot chocolate and conversation at 9pm. Followed by hair curling and styling at 5:50am, thanks for taking care of that hair grandma!
In between meetings, she grabbed a hard hat and toured the lumber yard, and learned how to sketch building plans. She told me all about fire safety codes, and how you use a ruler to make sure your lines are very straight. She has a whole stack of plans ready to go, they just need to have a safety stamp... ?? :) I really have no idea what she's talking about, but I'm certain she learned something!
I love that she was able to go, on a Wednesday during the school year. I love that my idea of learning has broadened so much over the past few months. A day spent speaking publicly and seeing new things, hearing terms you've never heard before like "safety code"? School: check!
We used "school" to prepare for this. She wrote out every word on about three pages...then condensed it to about one page...and eventually to note cards. She basically had the whole thing memorized by the time she was done. We did less math and less science last week because of it, and no one cares. There's no end of the quarter testing we have to do, no standards we have to go by. We can catch up on the other stuff later, when we have time. Sweet freedom!
It was a great experience for her, and I know she won't forget it. If nothing else, I hope this makes her feel like diabetes is no big deal. Like, she shouldn't have to hide her "set" under her clothes if she doesn't want to. She can confidently tell people who ask what it is, what it's for, and move right along. How she feels about it will definitely set the tone for how others handle it.
Thank you God, for choosing me to love this girl. I'm going to go ahead and call her mine while I've got her!
Choosing to love,