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Friday, February 12, 2016, 17:31
After a bit of a hiatus from our blog, we are back online - recharged and ready for the new chapter that awaits. And, with a leaning towards the old adage, "rather late than never", we would like to thank all journey2sound friends and supporters for your love and support in 2015. We wish you all a fantastic and blessed 2016. May it bring you new and exciting experiences, great adventures and arms full of joy and happiness!

Since our last post, Kaylin has graduated from Carel du Toit and started Grade R at her new school in picturesque Hout Bay and I couldn't be more proud.


Graduation day was a bitter-sweet event for me. During the last five years new friendships blossomed from seeds of helplessness, heartache and grief; and were nurtured with hope, love and compassion. Special memories were shaped from a common thread of commitment and passion, both from teachers and parents and a deep appreciation for the support we'd received. I've had the privilege of meeting amazing teachers, dedicated therapists, inspiring parents and equally extraordinary kids.

Kaylin was beaming. Her big brown eyes sparkled and, although she was a little unsure of what all the fuss was about, she thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. With an uncertain smile, she made her way onto the stage to collect her diploma – dressed in her new, crisp-white party dress, and pink pumps, her oversized graduation cloak draped over her shoulders. It dawned on me that 'my 'baby' is growing up. Remembering that this is where her journey had started, and where my path to healing had begun, left a lump in my throat. It was the end of the first chapter, and indeed the beginning of a new and exciting one.

     

The December break was chilled, with trips to the beach, trampoline jumps and a walk in the botanical gardens. During the holidays I made sure to remind Kaylin of the fact that she was going to a new school, with a new teacher, a big swimming pool and new friends. After a short family drive to Hout Bay for a lunch of fish 'n chips, we made a slight detour on our way home to show Kaylin her new school.
On the evening before school was to start, I once again reminded her. "Nooo", she said with a scrunched-up frown and a fearful shake of her head, "Unidene!"."Oh no!" I panicked silently. I conjured up a mental image of a stressed out mom (me), a reassuring dad (my husband) and a crying six year old (Kaylin) - holding onto my legs, as if her life depended on it. Thankfully, once we'd arrived and met her teacher, Lee Dzbeǹska, she settled right in. No tears, no echoed screams down the school hallway and no stressed-out mom! After a quick chat with Lee, a tour of the classroom, and a kiss and a wave goodbye, we were on our way.

           
My Kaylin never ceases to amaze me!

Thank you for reading our post.

Lisa wrote:
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 14:20
AWWWWW it certainly put a lump in my throat now. Very proud of Kaylin and if I may add...she looks like me in her graduation cloak( CUTE!!!).

Well done Kaylin, LOVE YOU:)!
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