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Proved Her Name Was Perfect

Our little ‘lion of God’ rightfully earned her name. From the moment of late daughter's official diagnosis of Trisomy 13 on November 7, 2016, Ari overcame so many of the odds stacked against her. The biggest odd of them all, surviving. 

On a train to Chicago, our son Chase unknowingly captured this photo of me.  After scrolling through all of the photos taken that day I stumbled upon this one. I froze. I saw a lion.

 

What?!?!  Yes, I saw a lion, but most likely not what you're thinking.

 

See the way the light blends with the edges of my hair?  It creates a makeshift mane so on the surface, I immediately see a lion. But beyond the obvious, looking closer and going deeper... I see more.

 

I see the focus and clarity in my eyes, fixed on the thoughts of forward progress. A course that was intuitively set from the very beginning of my story.  I see the patience and stillness in my body, a distinct understanding that there is...

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