Have you heard of Songs of Love? Songs of Love is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized songs for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges, free of charge. I LOVE this organization. How amazing is it to have a song written just-for-you?!
Around Emma's second birthday I requested a Song of Love for Emma. I thought it would be something wonderful to share with her since she was hearing pretty good with her cochlear implant. We received Emma's Song of Love right before the activation of her second cochlear implant and I was super excited to have Emma hear her very own song with two ears!
I knew that Emma would love her song - she seems to enjoy music - but what I didn't realize is how much the rest of us would love her song, too! Julia loves Emma's song and I'm so glad she plays a prominent role in the song so that she isn't jealous that Emma has her own song and she doesn't have one. In fact, she often requests Emma's song whenever we are listening to music.
I LOVE the song they wrote for Emma - it's the song I used in her 3 year slideshow video that many of you commented on. The writer captured the sweetness of having Emma in our life perfectly and every time I listen to it I feel like the luckiest Mommy alive to have two unique, amazing daughters in Julia and Emma. I especially like to listen to the song with the girls on the "tough" days - you know, the days when my back is hurting, we have loads of appointments, people make stupid comments to us, etc. This song always picks-me-up on those days.
I was lucky enough to talk with the songwriter/singer on the phone several months ago. The organization was doing a lot of outreach for votes to win a grant in the Chase Community Giving Campaign on Facebook and they were making phone calls and email requests to supporters. The writer/singer of Emma's song called us and I told her how much Emma and our entire family LOVES her song. It has really touched our lives and I was so thankful to get a chance to thank the writer personally.
If you know anyone who would benefit from a Song of Love, please let them know they can find out more information at their website http://www.songsoflove.org/ And, if you are looking for a worthwhile charity to make a donation to, I highly recommend this wonderful organization.
I am a work in progress. I love drinking coffee, family time and documenting our life - not necessarily in that order. My hair is usually in a ponytail, house always looks lived in and a book is never far from my reach. I drive thousands of miles a year, mostly a little bit at a time - somehow that does and doesn't drive me crazy at the same time. My life is far from perfect but it works for me.