Brayleigh reached her biggest milestone yet last month. On the 8th of October, she celebrated her first birthday, a milestone that we were not certain we would see. Less than ten percent of babies diagnosed with the life threatening illness get to see their first birthdays. In honor of this day, we celebrated Brayleigh with a huge party, themed "The Gift of Life." Beautifully decorated gift boxes and inspirational scriptures graced each table. "Every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17
Nearly 100 people were in attendance from family members, to friends and out-of-towners , to doctors and nurses who cared for her over the past year. The gold, pink and mint colored decor was a reflection of the sparkle and light that our little girl has brought to this world. There were poster-sized pictures of her on the walls and the windows, in what seemed to be a gallery that chronicled her life. We had speeches, given by ministers and people from the medical profession who shared their perspectives on how Brayleigh's journey has changed them, and there was not a dry eye in the place as I struggled through tears to personally thank each and every one of our attendees for being a part of her story.