Thank you, again, for all who were involved with Sweatin' for Sammy one way or another. I can't express my gratitude enough. I have always thought of Samantha as a blessing. Yes, there were times, especially early on, when I was sad about the situation. But I have never been sad about her. She has brought so much joy to my life. Her disorder/condition have brought me frustration, sadness, and emotional pain. However, her little self has brought more joy than I could e v e r imagine. But, you know...the microcephaly and cerebral palsy and epilepsy...they are a part of her. So, in a way, yes, those things bring me happiness too. hmm Weird.
Sweatin' for Sammy is more than just a way for her to have money to cover this therapy in Utah. Long term, it will cover other therapies that have been recommended for her that we would like to try. It will cover other medical expenses and/or medical equipment that she will need.
Sweatin' for Sammy started as a fundraiser, but it has become something more special to us. I love crowds and parties! And this day that we devote to Sammy has become, to us, a celebration of Samantha. It's a party to celebrate her life. The money is important and fantastic. It goes right to her trust and we can use that to make sure she gets all that we hope to be able to provide for her. But...she is an amazing little girl. And it's hard for me to keep dry-eyed at the end of Sweatin' for Sammy when I think about all the people there loving our little girl, whether they know her or not. I truly feel honored to be her mother.
The other day Marcus and I talked to a friend on the phone. As she talked about Samantha, I felt overwhelmed with so much love. I know there are other ways, surely, that I could have learned the lessons that I'm needing to learn in this lifetime...but I am grateful that my Heavenly Father chose to teach me through Samantha. She is all things good. And I'm grateful to have her in our home and in our life, forever.
For all who have asked, I posted on our family blog about the grand total.
Again, thank you to all who came because you know her, love her, don't know her but want to, or just because a friend dragged you along. No matter why you were involved, I love you for it.