I was recently reminded that even the bad times in life aren’t entirely 100% bad. This statement has never been more true than in the last few months as I have found myself on an unexpected and tumultuous journey with my youngest daughter Jordan, as we’ve discovered and are coping with her brain abnormality. I have to remind myself of it daily though. I mean, nothing can be good about a child having a brain disorder that causes delays and epilepsy, right? Right. Except for the parts that are good and sweet and beautiful in the middle of all the heartache. Like, for example, the incredible people who have already changed our lives so profoundly and so quickly that we feel so blessed to be on this journey with them. One such blessing is Jordan’s incredible Occupational Therapist, Jody, who has made huge gains with her in such a short time. I just love watching them work together! Jordan loves Jody (or Jodilee as she calls her) so much that she now calls everyone Jody. Some random lady in the hospital: Jodilee. Her other therapists: Jodilee. Her favorite doll: Jodilee. Dory from Finding Nemo: Jodileeeeeeee! She’s made quite the impression! It makes sense, Jody is an amazing gal and we’re so blessed to know her, even under these circumstances. These last few months of adjusting to a new normal has been rough, but not all entirely bad thanks to people like Jody.
When I learned that Jody’s mom was battling cancer, I knew I wanted to do something for her but what in the world do you do for someone you don’t know who is thousands of miles away? Well, I have basically one skill, so I thought maybe I should use it and she would like some pictures of her precious grandkiddos to cheer her up because all grandmas like pictures, right? I had such a fun time working with Kemma and Shane at the Salt River for their photo shoot. They are both so fun and photogenic and they are two of the coolest kids you’ll ever meet and I can see why they bring such joy to their Grandma Judy. I hope their love from afar brings her even just a tiny moment of joy in the middle of her fight versus cancer, because I think that’s the only thing that would get you through it all – being aware of how loved you are, how impactful you have been, and how everyone around you is cheering for you, praying for you and thinking of you.
Every little thing is gonna be alright.