Last week was the official launch of Juliana’s Journal. I’ve been writing for seven months but wanted to wait until I had enough on the blog for people to actually read. I am always overwhelmed and grateful for the response and feedback we get when people learn more about Juliana and what we’re experiencing. Again, I feel fortunate that we have so many people who love all over us and offer encouragement and support wherever they can. We seem to get these little snippets everywhere and it never gets old.
The other day, Juliana had a late afternoon appointment with a new doctor. The girls were antsy and I was wiped out. When asking about her history I told the medical assistant that the information was unknown because Juliana was adopted. So that she could add it to the record, I then told her that Juliana had severe developmental delays. “What you’re doing is amazing. It’s so beautiful.” She immediately responded with a big smile. I mumbled a few words of thanks and said it’s not always easy but we are doing our best.
And I say the same now. We are in this on a daily grind, trying to do this the best we know how (and making up a lot as we go as most parents do). My goal is to live a good and grateful life despite our current challenges. Believe it or not, a simple email, Facebook comment or “Like” brings a smile. It says what our neighbor put into words “You aren’t in this alone.” And I know that is true because so many friends–old and new stopped by the blog.
Being the creative type that I am, I felt that a simple Facebook shout out wouldn’t be enough to show our appreciation. So, I had the girls pull out all the stops to make their best swirls (pictured above) just for you.
Thank you so much to those who checked in near and far—from Atlanta to Raleigh; New Orleans and Dartmouth alike. I do hope you will continue to be a part of our lives and Juliana’s Journal.