I was 22 years old when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest child. I was fresh out of College and my husband and I not yet married. She was an unexpected blessing that would change my life forever.
Shortly after she was born, my husband re-enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and a year later we were married, moving out of state and embarking on an incredible journey that would take us across the country and back, and add two more children to our family. All of this, because of one child. One extraordinary child.
My three children are all extraordinary in their own ways, but my Peyton will always hold a special place in my heart as she is the one that set this in motion. She was the first. She was the beginning of our beautiful family.
She is now eight years old and spends more time at school than she does home with me. I don’t often get to share in her small victories, or tell her how wonderful she is. She is off, blooming into her own person. Creating new experiences and friends. I am here watching her grow into an amazing young girl and quietly celebrating on the sidelines. My heart is full when I see her excitement as she masters yet another new skill. I am proud when I see her congratulating her younger sister for successfully jumping into the pool all on her own. I am elated as I watch her trying to teach her younger brother how to tie his shoe (even though their strong willed personalities will eventually get into a fight over it).
Yes, my Peyton is extraordinary. Your child, and every child is extraordinary and we should celebrate them. What makes them extraordinary isn’t just the big stuff, it’s the little things. Those small moments that only we, as parents get to see, and quietly celebrate.
To celebrate my daughter, and share my love, hope, and pride for her I have created a video on the Stanford Children’s Health website. It brought me to tears and I can’t wait to show her.
To see our video click HERE.
Your kid is extraordinary. Show them how much you enjoy every moment together by creating a special video of your own!
You can create a special video for your extraordinary child HERE.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.