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Thursday, May 22, 2008


I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a "FIRM" believer that God places people in one anothers paths for a reason. Today I am a different person - hopefully a better person - after getting the privilege to learn about the beautiful girl you see in the photograph above. Her name is Bailee. Bailee is 10 years old and has now become a hero in my life. As soon as American Idol ended last night, I checked my emails only to discover this one in my inbox. (shown below) After asking for permission from Bailee's Mother, Rhonda, to share the email she sent to me and her photos with everyone here on the blog today, I'm honored to introduce each and every one of you to her as well. Here is what melted Brent and I's hearts last night and brought us to instant tears as we read it together....

Dear Angie,
We love your blog soooooooo much!!!!! We check it several times a day. Bailee always loves to see what you have posted. She will say,” mom have you checked Mrs. Angie’s blog?” We have been praying for your family that everything works out for Kenidi as she gets ready to start school. I have felt a lot of the emotions you have shared on this blog when it involves our children who cannot fight for themselves. I have watched time and time again as Bailee tries to do things like the other kids and she has such a hard time. My heart breaks every time.

Bailee has Cerebral Palsy. She cannot walk by herself; she has to have a walker. She is 10 years old, and I know life is tough for her sometimes. She keeps a smile on her face all of the time! I wanted to send you a few pictures, so you could put a face with our names when we visit your blog, because we love it!!! This is a picture of her going to her dance recital. This is her 8th year to dance. She is the only one with a disability, and she gets up there in her walker and does her best! While she may not be able to do all of the steps, she has a huge smile on her face! We included one of her with her sister too! Brooklyn is 4 and loves Bailee so much!

I wanted to share this with you to let you know what an inspiration you have been to me as we fight for these kiddos that cannot fight for themselves!
Oh yeah--you have introduced us to Leona Lewis! We got her CD and we love it! Bailee wanted me to share that with you too! Have a GREAT night Angie!
In His Love,
Rhonda and Bailee Bryant

(Bailee after her recital with younger and adorable little sister Brooklyn)
It took me until this morning to be able to see past the tears and find the words to write Bailee and her Mother back. I am beyond humbled, beyond flattered, but most of all...beyond blessed that God has introduced me to this young girl. As I told Rhonda, Bailee's Mother, in my email back to her...Bailee's vibrant smile gives me hope. She proves to us that children such as Kenidi can go on to be happy and full of life while enduring the plan God has for them. Bailee is 10 years old, has been in a dance class for EIGHT YEARS, and she is smiling - smiling like nothing I've ever seen before. Time and time again - these kids - kids with special needs in life - have taught me more love and compassion as well as grace then I would've ever learned or come to know had I not been blessed by crossing their path. Bailee inspired me to be BIG, to keep fighting, and to try and smile contagiously as she does. She has challenged me - for the better. I thank you for that Bailee. I thank your Mom for that too.
As you can see, I decided to take Bailey's photo and the email from Rhonda and frame it within an 8x10 frame. It now sits in my office right next to where I type and blog from each and every day. I am keeping her there - as a reminder - of why I do what I do - how to be better and more graceful at it - and as the reminder - along with Kenidi - to JUST KEEP FIGHTING!

Brent looked at me last night after we read the email together and said..."Do you know how cool it is that you have a 10 year old little girl that rushes in each day - excited - to follow your blog?" He is so right. Thanks for making me "COOL" Bailee. Thanks for helping to make me a better person today than I was yesterday!

Until we can maybe meet someday in person, God willing, keep smiling, keep dancing, and keep rockin' out to Leona Lewis for me. :)
The Seaman Family
Brent, Angie, Brennen, & Kenidi


Anonymous Rhonda & Bailee said...

Thank you so much for the sweet sweet email you sent to us!!! You have made Bailee’s day!!!!!!! Bailee would love to see herself on your blog!!!! Thank you so much for your sweet comments, because they mean soooooooo much to me! More than you know! I admire you so much for all you believe in. You are just an AWESOME person who has made a little girl’s day a whole lot brighter! We cannot wait to keep in touch with you, Angie!

Have a SUPER DUPER day!!!
In His Love,
Rhonda and Bailee

5/22/2008 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Bailee said...

Dear Mrs. Angie,

I wanted to say thanks for putting my picture on your blog! It meant alot to me. Its so cool to have my picture on your blog! Your daughter is adorable! Tell Kenidi I said hello!
By the way I love Leona Lewis especially Bleeding love and Take a Bow
Also we are from Birmingham AL.

Keep bloggin,
Bailee Bryant

5/22/2008 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Roark said...

WOW, Angie,
Thank you for posting the story of that beautiful girl, Bailee. My 3 year old son, Brendon, has cerebral palsy and this story just touches my heart. I am so moved-- our kids are wonderful angels from God full of lessons for us!

Angie, have you read this inspirational story about Miss Iowa ~~ she has CP and has a Bachelor's degree in public relations!


Melissa Roark

5/22/2008 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Bailee's Mee Mee said...

Hi Angie , I am Bailee's Mee Mee and am so touched by your " kind words " about our " Precious Angel Bailee " . She has touched so many lives in her 10 years and her contagious " smile " is for sure the love of God shining through her life ! She is an awesome child of God and a " True Blessing " to our whole family and we " Thank God " for her daily !!

I pray that God will be near to you and your family and that HE will meet ALL your needs according to HIS riches in Glory !!

In Christ , Bailee's Mee Mee ( Debbie Kibby )

5/22/2008 3:04 PM  
Anonymous MaDonna Sue Hasty said...

Oh my, I don't know how I can take much more, I am in tears after reading all of this, and at the same time, I am so happy that there are children out there helping us have courage to go on. I was in a fire when I was young, Got some pretty ugly scars from it. I don't remember anyone trying to encourage me to go on and fight. I have been very insecure all my life because of the scars, however I am feeling pretty selfish about now, just reading about all the kids who have no choice but to keep going, I believe we will all learn from these kids, if we will just give them a chance to shine on! I am so touched by Bailee's and kenidi's and all of these children's story. God help us to be more like trusting little children!angie's mommy

5/22/2008 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Andrea Taylor said...

Our Children will shine BRIGHTER then us... Love each one as if they were your own, cuz each one is as precious as the other!!
Our Children were given to us to teach us what we still don't know (which is alot, we still can not figure out how thru sickness or health they always look forward to the next day with a great big smile for mommy and daddy and dont even realize we are needed that more then them... and in return we can only set the example for them to live by and hope they only see our good sides too because we have not yet learned how to easily hide that like a lil child can.

Love to all the children and their parents who try so hard!

5/22/2008 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Nicole Ryan said...

Amazing.....truly amazing!

5/22/2008 11:55 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this story. It brought tears to my eyes... what a brave and beautiful little girl.

I love your blog btw!!

5/23/2008 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog via Etsy. I am beginning a store there myself. Two words are all I have for you right now: VERY BLESSED!! I read almost all your blog and all I can say is WOW. I've got your family on my prayer list.

Feel free to read my blog & I'd love to know who did your layout, as I desperately need a new one.

5/23/2008 1:22 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

What a beautiful brave little girl... Thanks so much for sharing her story with us!!!

BTW, I love your blog!!

5/23/2008 1:32 AM  
Blogger kristen said...

Hello your blog leaves me with tears in my eyes.

I am a mum of 4 boys
3 of which have disabilities.

We are going through schooling dramas at the moment to get Logan the assistance next year when he starts.

It is so stressful and so many people out there don't understand the day to day challenges.
Your blog lifts my spirits.
Thank you.

5/23/2008 3:33 AM  
Blogger Dancing Queen said...

You are ALL amazing!! What a privilege to be able to read just a small piece of your lives!

Oh, the power of MAMAS!!

5/23/2008 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Yolunda said...

This is Yolunda I receive your daily emails and we spoke briefly about my home business. Girl we are all out here praying for you and your family. YOU JUST KEEP FIGHTING. That is what we as parents are here for. To protect and stand up for our precious little ones. DON'T GIVE UP. THE LORD WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGHTEN YOU.
You have our prayers,
Have a Blessed Day!

5/23/2008 10:03 AM  
Anonymous janae said...

Wow, I am in tears just reading your post. Bailee is such an inspiration to us all. She is a beautiful girl inside and out. Thank you so much for sharing...I just discovered your blog and am off to read more!

5/30/2008 1:00 PM  

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