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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Megan!!



On a cool September morning 11 years ago, I was given a most precious gift my daughter Megan, I had already been blessed with a beautiful daughter Stephanie, so you could say I was doubly blessed that day. For early in my pregnancy, I knew she was going to be something special, just a feeling, I always felt a sense of peace carrying her. At 7:41 am on the morning of September 27th 1996 my life changed, I would not know the full extent of it then but I could sense she was sent here to bless us.

Megan was a wonderful baby! But as we starting nearing the 18 month stage and she was not yet talking we started a series of Dr's appointments that would lead us to the final diagnosis of Autism. Autism is a devastating diagnosis to some but for me it would be a journey would bring change, a new outlook, a deeper sense of understanding, the journey has been a beautiful one! I have learned so much looking at the world through my daughter's eyes.

I am convinced Megan was sent here to change the way that autism is viewed, she has softened my hard heart and the wild beast that once lived inside of me, a barrier no one had been able to break through, all that have come into contact with Megan have been changed. I am told all the time of how she was able to change their views and opinions on autism, she has triumphed over so many hurdles.

Megan didn't speak until she was 5, she didn't point or use signs she just cried until you figured out what was wrong or what she wanted, trying some days but it is from those days that I would truly learn, that there is no mountain my daughter can not climb.

Megan has defied a lot of the stigmas of Autism. she makes eye contact with all, she loves cuddles, backrubs and hugs, she know has a vocabulary of over 10000 words, she has the most empathetic and generous heart I have ever seen. When a classmate is hurt or crying Megan is right beside side them rubbing them crying, sharing their pain every step of the way,when a classmate succeeds she is right there to cheer them on and i mean cheer like a cheerleader........LOL!The beautiful thing is Megan is teaching her classmates about acceptance it is a most beautiful sight, there are other children in our school with autism, but Megan is the only one who has manged to not only be integrated into her class(they all are integrated)but has become the heart of her class, her classmates watch over her there are there for her through every triumph, they too have returned the favor of being cheerleaders!

I feel so blessed to be a part of Megan's life!! i can't wait to see what the next year brings!!

Happy Birthday Megan!!!!!

Love Mom, Dad and Stephanie

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23 Comments:

Blogger Renée Storch said...

What a beautiful story about Megan. I watched the movie and she is an absolutely sweet little girl!!!

September 27, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

You are as talented with words as you are with your beautiful paper creations! Sending Megan a big birthday hug (and one for Mom too)!

September 27, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

By the way, she is the spitting image of her pretty mother!!!!

September 27, 2007 8:10 AM  
Blogger Flossie's Follies said...

What a beautiful and wonderful story of love, thanks for sharing.

September 27, 2007 11:29 AM  
Blogger Heather Leech said...

Hi Kelly!
Not only do we have the Facebook Pirates game in common, my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder...PDD-NOS...Hyperlexia...among others He's 15 now and is doing amazing!! But I remember those days that were such an incredible challenge for all of us. I'll chat with ya' later as I'm at work right now (I work as a Special Ed. Assistant for a local school district...and love it!) Huge birthday wishes and hugs to Megan from me and my family in Surrey!!!
Heather Leech
p.s. my daugther's name is Stephanie, too. She's 12.

September 27, 2007 12:02 PM  
Blogger Splashryan said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. It brought me to tears and touched my heart. *deep sigh* It is amazing how our children make us love, learn and laugh and learn to be vulnerable in a way no one who hasn't had kids can even imagine. Hope you have a wonderful birthday Megan! Celebrate! Hugs.

September 27, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger mimihas5 said...

Megan is beautiful. Thank you very much fr sharing your story of love hope and faith with your daughter. Happy Birthday Megan.

Mary

September 27, 2007 1:00 PM  
Anonymous kimmiek said...

Adorable movie., what pretty eyes your Megan has.. she looks like her Mama! Lovely story. Keep this forever (these writings) for her. :
AWESOME MUSIC CHOICE so true;]

September 27, 2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger Melanie aka Batgirl said...

HAppy Birthday Magen!!!

September 27, 2007 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Monika/Buzsy said...

Thanks for sharing it with us! Happy birthday to you Megan!

September 27, 2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. Kelly Sampson, I hope you know you are an inspiration to mothers all over the world. God Bless you and your family richly.

Mary Rogers (toao)
Shack-a-lackin'

September 27, 2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger Debby said...

You can hear the love in your message about Megan. What beautiful girls you have. And such a great tribute to Megan with the song and all.
Happy Birthday Megan!

September 27, 2007 9:19 PM  
Blogger char said...

Hi Kelly, I visit your blog often and admire your work, Today I was truly touched by your words of love for your beautiful daughter Megan. I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters too, one of which is now seventeen, she has been going deaf for the past six years and this year was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE), like you I feel so blessed to be able to look at the world through the inspirational eyes of my daughter, she has brought such happiness to our lives and is always full of joy. We have been learning Auslan (Australian sign language) for two and a half years together and really enjoy each others company.I wish your daughter continued love and joy to surround her always, from Charmaine in "OZ" xx

September 28, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger char said...

Hi Kelly, I visit your blog often and admire your work, Today I was truly touched by your words of love for your beautiful daughter Megan. I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters too, one of which is now seventeen, she has been going deaf for the past six years and this year was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE), like you I feel so blessed to be able to look at the world through the inspirational eyes of my daughter, she has brought such happiness to our lives and is always full of joy. We have been learning Auslan (Australian sign language) for two and a half years together and really enjoy each others company.I wish your daughter continued love and joy to surround her always, from Charmaine in "OZ" xx

September 28, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger Rose Ann said...

What a beautiful tribute!! Happy birthday, Megan! (one day late)

September 28, 2007 8:13 AM  
Blogger The Queen Of Scrap said...

YOur daughter shares her Birthday with my daughter! How cool! Happy Birthday Megan!

September 28, 2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger Alli Miles said...

Happy belated birthday Megan...and Kelly what a touching story. I am all too familiar with autism through the schools and commend you for your persistence and enthusiasm to learn more and share your knowledge about autism. We have not yet traveled that road, and for a while we too thought that perhaps our son had autism...but for now we are noting his daily struggles and should know by years end what is going on in that little man's head...Thank you again for sharing your story.

September 28, 2007 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Carla said...

How blessed you are. She is precious! Tell her Happy Birthday for me!

September 28, 2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger chelemom said...

Happy Birthday Megan! Ok, now I can go get my kleenex....beautifully said.

September 28, 2007 8:20 PM  
Blogger Corie said...

What a beautiful post -- the pictures, story, and the perfect song. Your daughter is truly beautiful inside and out -- and so are you!!!

October 01, 2007 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

This was so beautiful to read. I think you could be a writer. Happy Birthday Megan!

October 02, 2007 5:31 AM  
Blogger Kaylyn said...

You have a beatiful daughter! May she have a wonderful birthday (be-lated wishes). Sounds like she will contunie to break the odds of autism!

I enjoy coming to your blog. Your cards are inspiring.

You need to post a warning with blogs like this.."requires tissue with reading" I was sobbong reading and watching this post!!

October 04, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger Amanda McIlhatton said...

Kelly
I didn't know we had so much in common. I'm sitting here with tears rolling down my face. My little boy was born with serious heart defects and complications affected his brain development and although he is progressing SO well he has learning difficulties. Happy B'Day to Megan!
My son will be 6 on Oct 6th.
Mandy

October 05, 2007 4:06 AM  

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