Camp

Well today is the last day of camp and we’ll all be heading home soon. This week we’ve been at a camp for special needs children put on by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Experience E.X.C.E.L.S (Expanded Core Education in Living Skills) is a camp for young blind and visually impaired children and their families as well as children of any age and their families who have multiple disabilities one of which is blindness/visual impairment.
 I can’t help but sit here and think about my week, and the weeks to come. This has been such a moving experience for me and my little family. We’ve had our ups and downs when learning about our daughters visual impairment, and this week stirred up all kinds of emotions. No I don’t mean we were sad the entire trip, but telling our story again after not talking about it for a while definitely made me drift off for a moment or two. Then I look and play with her, and like always all my worries wash away. 
The main impact this week wasn’t even from my family, but from watching and interacting with some of the other families. Seeing the strength, love, and support from the families around me brought joy to my heart and inspired me like never before. I practically sat in admiration the entire week. Some families with situations far more unique than Elliot’s were some of the most optimistic people we have ever met. I’ve been motivated to stay positive and dive head first into this community of support to learn as much as I can. In turn teaching Elliot as much as I can. 
We’ve had a truly blessed week. We can’t thank the families and staff for all the support and love we’ve gotten. As well as her ladies back home that come out every week to help our daughter hit her milestones. We also can’t begin to thank our families and friends back home for being there from square one. You all are a gift from above and we could not do it without you. 

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