For me, it's one of those books like "Love You Forever," that I can't read without crying (or sobbing), but the message is great. And it's quickly become one of our favorite books.
The author lost her son, TJ, before he turned two, and the book is a tribute to him. In it, she tells the story of two horses, who meet, fall in love and get married. They find out they are going to have a baby, and they are so excited when he comes that they don't notice he is smaller than the other babies.
The horses end up discovering that their baby is indeed a ladybug, and not a horse. At first, the horses worry because they don't eat the same things that ladybugs do, and they're sad that their little ladybug will never be able to gallop the way they will. And then they find out that ladybugs have much shorter lives than horses do.
Although the horses are sad at first, they learn to embrace the little ladybug. They learn to eat bugs, smile, and "even catch a glimpse at what it feels like to fly" through their little ladybug's eyes.
The book has truly touched our hearts, and though we pray every day for a miracle that would keep our Grace from being a ladybug, we have learned to embrace each day for the miracle that it is. We try harder to smile and laugh more with her each day. We recognize that she might not be able to do things that the other kids her age can do, but we celebrate the joy that she brings into our lives each and every day.
As a reminder of this, we picked out a ladybug pattern for Grace's newest pair of AFOs (leg braces). They are white with bright green straps (my favorite color) and feature brightly colored flowers and little ladybugs, a reminder of the special gift she is to us.
|Grace's new ladybug AFOs.|
|Grace standing in her Kid Walk with her new AFOs.|