Caring for Kelan
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Dear Kelan
This page are the letters, notes, and lyrics sent to Kelan on his 1st birthday.

Gee Kelan, it’s hard to believe it’s your 1st birthday already.  Time goes so fast.  It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when we were at the hospital the day you were arriving.  Your daddy came into the waiting room with a big smile on his face and held up his hand with your little footprint stamped on it.  We went in the room to see you and your mom, who had just been through a lot of work, and she was feeding you your bottle and just beaming.  Every time she talked, you looked up at her with those big beautiful eyes.   We held you and said you were such a pretty baby boy.  Now you’ve grown into our handsome little man.

 We know your first year has not been an easy one for you, but you sure are one tough little guy.  You have so many people that love and care for you and are trying to make life better for you.  We wish we could make it all better. 

 You know you have given us a few scares this year and probably a few more gray hairs, so how about trying to work on that for us this next year.  We hope you know how much we love you and know we’ll always be there for you.  Happy 1st birthday little man.Love You,Grandma & Grandpa Elders   

Dear Kelan,I can’t believe it’s your 1st Birthday already!  You are getting to be such a big boy and I just love your little man haircut, you look so handsome! I know your mom and dad are going to throw you the best birthday party ever and I’m thrilled to be a part of your special day.I am writing a little letter to you for your birthday book, so your mommy will have this to keep forever.

Looking back, I remember the day you were born,  I remember being on pins and needles the whole day just waiting for the phone to ring and your mommy and daddy to tell me that you had finally arrived.  When I got to the hospital, I remember your proud daddy coming out and showing us your little footprint on his hand, he was smiling from ear to ear and when I entered the room and saw you for the first time, I couldn’t help but cry with tears of joy, and there were friends and family there, just waiting to get to hold you. I was so proud of your mom for all her hard work and I was proud be an aunt and the happiness on everyone’s face, it was such a memorable day! I can’t tell you how excited I was to finally meet you and hold you and love you.  You were the addition to our family that we had waited so long for!  Ethan, Drew and Colin were so happy to have a cousin. Cousin Drew just loved rubbing your mommy’s belly and kept wondering when you were coming out!

Everything just seemed to be going great, you were a healthy baby boy going through all the baby stages until things changed on December 10, 2007, when you were diagnosed with Lissencephaly.  Since those days, I know a lot has happened to you, and you have had some frightening seizures, but I want you to know that you are the bravest little boy I know and you have so many people that love you and care for you and want to help you in any way that they can. Your mommy and daddy are so strong and they have some really amazing friends that are willing to do so much to help. Your Grandma and Grandpa Elders and your Aunt Sheila are also some truly amazing people in your life, they help out a whole lot in taking care of you.  I love spending time with you, you are such a sweetheart and I treasure every moment with you.  I just want you to know that we will all be with you every step of the way and again, I am so happy to celebrate your 1st Birthday with you.Everyone in your life wants nothing more than to make sure you are safe and happy.  We love you so much and we pray for you every day and we want to wish you a HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!  Much Love, Uncle Matt, Aunt Bridget, Ethan, Drew & Colin

You truly are a very special little boy.  Only one year old and already making such a difference in so many peoples lives.  You have shown so many people what it really means to care and how to open their hearts.  You are a gift from God.


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