To Whom It May Concern:
We were told that our son, the Happy Baby, would never lift his head, sit up, crawl, or walk.
At the beginning of this year, several people encouraged us to get connected with your program so that the Happy Baby could receive free therapy services. It sounded too good to be true! FREE?!?
Then our wonderful coordinator, Simone, gave us a call to tell us that she had placed the Happy Baby under the care of Miss Stacey.
The first day Miss Stacey arrived at our house (which was another incredible blessing in itself! After months of driving 40 minutes to the hospital for all of the Happy Baby’s health issues, I could not believe that she was coming to US!), the Happy Baby and I were just beyond thrilled. Miss Stacey was so warm and encouraging. She immediately made a connection with the Happy Baby and announced that she was going to do everything she could to see him twice a week instead of the one day we had originally agreed upon.
Most of the Happy Baby’s life we’ve had doctors tell us his limitations. That first day we met Miss Stacey, she looked me in the eye and said confidently, “This little guy has great potential.”
I have clung to these words ever since!
Our twice-a-week sessions are the highlight of the week! We can’t wait to see what color scrubs she is wearing that day or what new things she has brought for him to play with. Most of all, I love how knowledgeable Stacey is about her field. She will be working with the Happy Baby and she will say, “Julie, he is so close to sitting up. I’ll bet he’ll be sitting on his own by next week.”
Sure enough, her prediction came true – pretty much to the day! She went on to predict his pulling up on things and even crawling. She diligently works with the Happy Baby and gives him the tools he needs to be successful. Her professionalism and expertise have brought great comfort to my soul as I have watched her help our son overcome so many of the things other doctors claimed would be impossible. And I have learned so many valuable tips and techniques along the way to partner in her work with the Happy Baby on the other 5 days of the week.
Perhaps, though, one of the most amazing things about Stacey is that she is a mom herself. As a young, hard-working single woman, she felt called to adopt a little girl from Guatemala. Being married with 2 kids and feeling overwhelmed most of the time, I cannot express enough how much I admire this woman for making such a beautiful, selfless, sacrificial decision to give a precious little girl such a fun, incredible, love-filled life. I so enjoy hearing stories about her daughter, their love for the beach, and their generosity and service to others. Stacey’s strength and confidence have helped me to grow in my own strength and confidence as a mom of a child with special needs.
I seriously could not have imagined a more amazing therapist for our son. Thank you so much for bringing Miss Stacey to our door.
The Happy Baby’s mom :-)