Today, I just want to say thank you to you both. When I think of how truly far you have both come in the past two years - I realize and recognize how thankful I am for your truly amazing human spirits. I hope and pray that you both will always maintain your joyful excitement for life, your sheer determined attitudes, your desire to never give up, and your true raw brotherly connection which I am always in awe of.
Ciaran - everyday I thank God that you are in my life - I thank Him for sharing such a beautiful gift with our family - I feel so blessed that we were chosen to be your parents. The joy and excitement that you bring to my life is immeasureable.
In two short years, you have taught me some of the most valuable life lessons. You've taught me to never settle for the expected - as you continuously prove professionals wrong by living life according to your own rules.
You've taught me the true importance of the little things in life. I feel an immense amount of pride everytime you accomplish something new - no matter how small the accomplishment may be in some peoples eyes - know that in our eyes it is huge. One of my favourite things about you is how excited and proud you are when you've accomplished a new task - your squeals and your applauses for yourself are so real and sweet. What I admire most about you my sweet, sweet Ciaran - is your beautiful little soul...despite all of the obstacles that you have had to face in your life - you are the happiest little boy in the world! You are my inspiration and I am so proud of you!!!
You are the most determined little boy that I have ever met. I love the twinkle I see in your eyes when you see a challenge ahead of you...you are so bound and determined - nothing will ever stop you from getting what you want - no obstacle will be too big for you. I am very confident that you will overcome anything that life hands you.
I am so thankful that God gave you the exact personality that you will need to be successful in life. You are loving, passionate, determined, hilarious and caring. Even though you are tiring at times :) - I LOVE that you NEVER take NO as an answer as ultimately I know this is the greatest gift/quality that you can bring with you into your future. I hope and pray that you continue to embrace your amazingly strong spirit - you amaze me every day with your strength, determination and your ability to overcome your obstacles in such a real way...when I grow up...I want to be just like you!
Ciaran and Shay - I feel so blessed that I was chosen to be your mother. I have already learned more about faith, hope, human spirit, determination, confidence and love from the two of you than I ever imagined I would in a lifetime. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.