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11 Dec 06 On the road to destiny

What’s your destination? We don’t always know. If you’d asked us a year ago where we’d be living, we wouldn’t have even thought of New York City. If you’d told us we’d have a child with Down syndrome, we’d be in disbelief. But bring those two together and it really starts to make sense.

Recently, I was “back home” in Toronto giving a workshop at an industry conference. It felt so comfortable being on familiar turf. As much as we love New York, there’s nothing like walking the streets of a friendly city where you know how to find practically anything you might need.

Interestingly enough though, it seems that New York is the place where we can find exactly what we need right now. As those of you reading this blog know, Nicole has started both speech and physiotherapy. She gets physio three times a week and speech twice a week for a total of five sessions. We wanted more but we take what we can get, especially when it’s covered by subsidized government programs. According to someone I met in Toronto though, this level of public health service is unheard of for most patients. We’d be lucky if we had one session once a week. Combine that with the fact that the therapists come to us, and we quickly start to realize how the turn our lives took was meant to be. Really.

We can’t explain it. But there are some kind souls and spirits looking out for us and guiding our way. Needless to say we are grateful.

Heading home for the holidays will be so much fun. We leave in just over a week. Coming back will be difficult, but knowing that this is where we’re meant to be at this point in our lives gives us a bit more clarity and drive.

Thank you to everyone who’s been thinking of us and continually sending us your good thoughts. It’s working. And we’re working hard to create as much opportunity as we can for our daughter, Nicole. And there’s no better place than New York City right now.


Reader's Comments

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    So cute. I love that Nicole is wearing my dress. Hee! Can’t wait to see all of you over the holidays. I miss you all heaps. Love Ange

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    What a wonderful picture. Now tht we have been to visit we can picture exactly where you are and what you’re doing. It makes us feel as if we are with you again. Can’t wait for Christmas when we’re all together again. Love Gramma & Grampa.

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    You have a wonderful way with words that express so clearly your thoughts and feelings, and we share your very positive appreciation for the support and help that you and Nicole are receiving in New York. It does seem that your move and all was predestined.
    We look so forward to your arrival “home for the holidays”, one week from today. It will be such a joy to have you with us!!
    Mum & Dad/Nana & Bobo

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    Hey Karyn, Dave, Marley and Nicole,

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and happy new year. I’m glad that the big apple is being so good to you. You’re truly missed.

    JOY C.

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    Hi guys!! Just thought I would send you all some warm wishes from the warm North! Boy are we glad we are not in B.C. right now!! It is so nice to check in on you guys every now and then through the website and see how you are doing. Marley and Nicole are so beautiful and lucky to have you both as their parents! We had a wonderful holiday as well (Nigel is crawling…so we are exhausted!) and I return to work this Monday (Jan 8th)..yikes!! Chris is going to be Mr. Mom for 3 months…good luck!! :) Take care, we miss you and hope to hear from you soon. Kisses to the girls from us! Love Renea and the rest of the Free clan!!

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