I think as moms we all tend to worry about our kids. Are they where they need to be academically, socially, athletically, etc. I am no different and was kinda hyper-concerned about these things with the kids transitioning into a new school.
However, one of the first things I heard from Ellie's teacher was a comment about her kindness. I can't image a parent being any more proud. This past weekend, I saw that on full display as my sweet girl and her friends attended the Step Up For Down Syndrome walk in honor of one of their classmates.
I am so proud of Ellie and the precious friendships she is making. Nothing is more important in life than kindness and strong relationships, and she is cultivating both. I was so proud of her classmates, teachers, and principal as they spent a busy Saturday supporting an amazing organization.
I was involved in the National Down Syndrome Society and Special Olympics throughout my high school and college years and several of my former athletes were at this year's walk. It did my heart so much good getting to see them.
It is so humbling to be a part of something bigger than yourself. The lessons I learned about perseverance, kindness, respect, and joy have stayed with me into adulthood. I pray that Eli and her friends will walk away with the same experiences and wisdom.