What’s a “Flutterversary”?


(/anəˈvərs(ə)rē/), noun: the date on which an event took place in a previous year.



(/flədər/), verb: to move or fall in a manner suggestive of tremulous flight.



(/flədərvərs(ə)rē/), noun: the date on which a family discovered their child(ren) had special needs, thus becoming a “fluttering family”.

My flutterversary is July 27, 2009. And to be more precise, it was at 3:07 pm. On a Monday.

That’s the day we discovered that our precious daughter has special needs. Needs that would challenge her, and us, for the rest of our lives.

On that day, we lost everything: Our hopes, dreams, and expectations of what it meant to have a daughter. Expectations of what our life was supposed to be.

On that day, I stopped living and started merely surviving.

That day was the worst day of my life…the day that defined my future.

And I am thankful for that.

Because of that day, I know what it is like to experience true, real, intimate friendship.

Because of that day, I have purpose.

Because of that day, I am truly living.

Would I change our circumstances if I could? Absolutely.

But would I change who I am because of them? Never.

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