Wednesday, September 30, 2015


   I want to wish Olivia's friend, Haley, a very happy 11th birthday today...


We were invited to Haley's 'Harry Potter themed' birthday party not long ago.  It was one of those parties that kids don't forget.  It was almost as if we entered Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as we stepped through the house.   It was a magical sight complete with themed treats and magic wands.  

Now, fast forward to a lunch date with my friend, Kim and her kids.  Her daughter, Haley, handed me a card.  Slightly confused on why she was handing me a card, I smiled and opened it up.

I read her written words, "For my birthday, I asked all my friends to bring a donation for PCVI Research.  We raised 500 dollars!"

Not many times in my life have I been surprised and speechless, but this was definitely one of these times.  What an awesome selfless act of kindness from a child!  Her mom explained to me that it was completely Haley's idea to request from her friends attending the party that in lieu of gifts, they bring a donation for the PCVIS.  It was something she wanted to do.  
Like the card says--

"A friend like you...makes my world a whole lot brighter"  The card goes both ways, Haley. You make Olivia's world brighter just by being you and by being her friend. 

Friendship is one of those areas that I worry that Olivia may never truly experience.  I worry because of her inability to communicate like typical kids do. You have made me realize that true friendship speaks with the heart.  Friends stand together despite barriers and burdens. 

The same way your mom has always stood by me side since 3rd grade...all those years ago.

'Best friends forever' - it can be done.  

Thank you to all of Haley's special friends that gave to a cause near and dear to my heart.  

...our adventure continues
Olivia's Muggle mom