Your daughter is not developing appropriately. Punch.
Your daughter needs PT. Punch.
We need to add OT. Punch.
We need to add Speech. Punch.
Your daughter has Global Developmental Delay. Punch.
Your daughter has Autism. Punch.
Your daughter needs ABA Therapy. Punch.
Your daughter has a ADHD. Punch.
Your daughter has a Mild Intellectual Disability. Punch.
Your daughter’s Intellectual Disability is now moderate instead of mild. Punch.
Your daughter would be more successful in a school for kids with Autism. Dreams shattered.

This has been a never ending struggle. We are fighting a disability, a diagnosis, a list of things she shouldn’t be able to do. We are never combating people. Everyone that loves Camryn feels the punches, but together we stand and together we keep fighting.

Because of the educators and therapists in Camryn’s lives she has made gigantic strides. Because I live with her, I don’t always see the gains, but I do see that Jesus is walking with Camryn every step of the way.

From the second Camryn entered Spring-Ford School District, she had a team of people fighting for her. The principal, guidance counselor, Autistic support teachers, therapists, aids, regular education teachers and supervisor of Special Education treated Camryn as if she were their own child. I would leave meetings and spend time in my car weighing every part of the meeting and replaying it as if it were a VCR tape on constant rewind. I would always cry not simply because of the situation, but because other people felt our pain and frustration with such plausible empathy. At every meeting I would sense that they wished they had better news to bear, but with kindness and compassion they would share with us that her progress was minimal. They were fighting for her relentlessly at school just like we were at home.

As a team we made the decision to send her to The Timothy School. I knew it was the perfect place for her, but it was so different than the future I longed for for Camryn. There were points in her younger years that I felt she would grow out of it. That was not God’s plan though, that was more my agenda. There were times that I didn’t want this situation, responsibility, and heartache.

The Timothy School has been an example of another path that Jesus has led Camryn down. The teachers and staff are there because they choose to be. It is a job that isn’t for everyone, but the people who work there help to put some of the puzzle pieces together for all of the students.

My dream for Camryn since her diagnosis of ID was that she would learn how to read. Spring-Ford teachers tried different curriculums, I tried different curriculums at home, but her progress has been very slow. Just last week I was so excited to show one of her home therapists that Aubrey and Courtney’s Kindergarten teacher sent packets home for Camryn too. As soon as the sentence left my mouth, I lost it. She is entering 7th grade, but working on Kindergarten work. That punch came out of no where.

But today we celebrated success. We celebrated strides, progress, hard work and dedication. During the awards ceremony at The Timothy School, Camryn was recognized with the Anne Wright Reading Award. This award is given to a middle school student who has shown the most progress in reading.

The most progress in reading!!! Anything is possible. Camryn is proof of that everyday. I think it is pretty amazing to live with someone who can remind me everyday that anything is possible. She achieved this goal because she is surrounded by people who want her to read and have the passion and drive to continue to push her despite how resistant she sometimes is.

Today I felt like THAT parent. The parent whose kid won an award at the end of the year. It was pretty cool to join the club. My girl is going to continue to amaze me and I will continue to celebrate every success and shout them from the rooftops.

We have leaned on the Lord and put Camryn in His hands. He has given her the ability to exceed expectations. Thank you Jesus for giving us one heck of a day.

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30 Comments

  1. St on June 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Wow! Way to go Cam!!!



  2. Aunt Celi on June 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    An amazing young lady with amazing parents! Congratulations Cammie!



  3. Susan on June 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    What a beautiful post, and yes, there is no doubt that the Lord has a plan for her, and she will continue to be used by Him, to help others. His work is not yet done. You are a great mother!



  4. Molly on June 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Cammy, Mr. Shaw & I are so, so proud of you. We are so glad to be your friend. Congratulations, what an accomplishment! (You too mom & dad)



  5. Lois King on June 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Congratulations to Camryn. Big step for her. Your faith is so strong, that we know God will always be by your side. Love that smile😍



  6. Gram Carol on June 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    A YAY moment for all of you…….YAY! Wonderful…..



  7. Alison on June 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Awesome job, Cammy girl! We are so proud of you! Keep up the amazing work. Xoxo



  8. Julia Moskovitz on June 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    What an awesome medal!!! Congrats Camryn!!! She is amazing… as are you and Dave!❤️



  9. Pattie Stifnell on June 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    That is so awesome. Way to go Camryn.



  10. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks!



  11. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks!! She loves her medal! ❤️



  12. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    ❤️



  13. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Her smile is the best!!



  14. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    She’ll want some new DECA gear as a reward… 😂



  15. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks! His work is not yet done. You are so right!!



  16. Kristi on June 15, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    ❤️



  17. Misty on June 15, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Couldn’t be more proud of Camryn and you and Dave for being such great advocates!!! I watch daily as you face this life head on with 4 angels who are so lucky to have you! 💗



  18. Donna Grazioli on June 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Congratulation Camryn, you are an amazing young lady with awesome parents. Ware your medal with pride, you earned it.



  19. Mom on June 16, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Tears of joy!!!! There is no other way to explain this wonderful accomplishment of our beautiful Camryn Grace. The smiles on her Mommy and Daddy said it all!
    Camryn continues to amaze all those who love and care for her. Thanks to the SFSD for wanting the best for their favorite student and recognizing that Camryn had the potential for success. Hearing her name called was proof of that.
    From the first picture that her Granny took, I knew that God had a special plan for our granddaughter. Camryn is an angel who touches the lives of all those she meets. Her smile lights up a room and brings a smile to the faces of those who love and care for her. Sure, her life isn’t perfect, but whose is? She is perfect in the eyes of God so nothing else matters.
    Congratulations to our Camryn and to her incredible parents! The tenacity and resolve they show every day paid off in spades when we heard, “and the Reading award goes…”. WOW!!!!



  20. Kristi on June 16, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Thanks Mom!! She is a pretty amazing girl! We all had a rocky start and the early years were tough, but we never gave up. I appreciate you lifting me up when I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. Love you.



  21. Kristi on June 16, 2017 at 5:42 am

    If she doesn’t wear it, Courtney will!! 😂



  22. Kristi on June 16, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Thanks! Even though she likes you and Dan better right now… 😜 Love you!!



  23. pamela on June 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

    This is amazing… although I don’t know you personally (I knew your brother from college days), I enjoy following your blog. You and your family are a true inspiration and a “real life” example of love, perseverance, faith and dedication. Congratulations to your incredible daughter and to your family on this wonderful recognition!



  24. Kellyann Mitchell on June 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Woo Hoo, way to go Cam!!!!!! Congrats to all! Anything is indeed possible.



  25. Kristi on June 16, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Kelly you know that!!



  26. Jean Hatcher on June 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Congratulations, Camryn (and Kristi and Dave)!!! You are light to the world!



  27. Terry on June 19, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Wow…. This time Camryn made me cry! Thanks for sharing your pride and joy! Camryn is just beaming!!! Love it!



  28. Kristi on June 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    She gets us all the time too!! ❤️



  29. Kristi on June 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks Jean!



  30. Kristi on June 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for your kind words!!



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