Saturday, October 29, 2016

Faces of Spina Bifida: Meet Riley


You know how God puts certain people in your life at just the right time for a very special purpose? Well we became friends with Glenn and Cassie McLelland at church years before we had children. Then came along the time that we both started our families, and both Cassie and I got pregnant. I still remember what I was doing and where I was the moment I heard Caleb was diagnosed with Spina Bifida. To make a long story short, our daughter Riley was born 2 months before Caleb. Her Spina Bifida came as a surprise, as she was undiagnosed prior to birth. Glenn and Cassie having been preparing for Caleb’s birth, were full of information. They came to the hospital and filled us in on everything they had learned about Spina Bifida since Caleb’s diagnosis. We will always be beyond grateful for having them in our lives during such a traumatic time. If we’ve never said thank you before…here it is! Thank you Lord for putting such an amazing family in our lives when we most needed it!!!

On to beautiful Riley! This amazing little 11 year old is shy, sweet, and described as having an old soul! She is so very kind and compassionate, always putting others before herself. This girl is STRONG y’all! She doesn’t let stuff get to her and doesn’t allow others to pressure her to change, (we could all learn a thing or two about this, right?!). Riley is wise beyond her years and takes SB in stride, dealing with each difficulty with unlimited strength. Riley enjoys art, fashion, cooking and music. She thrives off of one-on-one time with just about anyone and loves deep conversation. She loves researching her Korean ancestry and visiting with family (who live all over the country). Riley has little fear of trying new things like snow skiing (big shout out to Crested Butte Adaptive Sports), and loves enjoying motosports with her dad and two little brothers, Luke and Owen. Her newest adventure she is about to embark on is horse back riding lessons. This kid is truly one-of-a-kind. We know there are HUGE plans for Riley’s life and it is by the Grace of God that we were trusted to be a part of it! Riley, we love you more than you will ever know!

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