This blog post was supposed to come at the end of the school year.
It's coming a little earlier than expected.
A wonderful opportunity has presented itself to this beautiful woman, whom I am blessed to call friend, and I could not be more excited and pleased for her.
Marissa...you have been here since day one of our journey. You were a kind, welcoming, warm face that met me when I sat there, terrified, about to leave my newly diagnosed daughter in the school's care. You made things okay when they were anything but okay; you have always had that gift, to make things more than okay.
You have been my rock and my blessing, and I consider you family now. My heart can never express in words how I feel towards you...I could do them no justice in the end.
Hannah loves you...she trusts you with her life. That is huge. You have been there to wipe away her tears, you have cheered her on, supported her, loved her. You, my friend, are pure selflessness, always putting yourself last, and everyone else first.
You have allowed me to vent and be myself without judgement. You have offered advice and support.
How can I ever truly thank you?
Somehow, by some miracle, we managed to give birth to the same child, in different forms. Hannah and Xander are two peas in a pod. Your family has become part of our family, and it will never change. Sorry. You ain't getting rid of us now.
Diabetes is an unfair game to have to play every single day, but you do it willingly for children that aren't even your own. Alpine ISD has no idea what kind of gift you are to them, but we know...we the parents of these warriors know just how much you will be missed within the walls of Dry Creek Elementary.
My beautiful friend. I love you, and so does Hannah. Good luck to you in your new adventures. We wish you ALL the best!