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  • Writer's pictureJodi Samuels

Happy Birthday Caily – A Special Neshama Turns 2 Today

Happy Birthday Caily

I cannot believe that it is 2 years since you entered our lives. When the nurse handed you to me you looked so perfect, so complete. 48 hours later our world changed when we were told by the Dr that you had Down Syndrome. You entered this world to “perfect” me, your family and your community. We all learn so much from you, we all learn so much from your happy disposition, endearing personality and charm. You have helped me define what kind of person I am and what kind of family we are. We are all so proud of your achievements, you work so hard to accomplish things – we believe in you and your potential. We are never disappointed just hopeful for what can be achieved with determination, focus and lack of prejudice.

My baby Caily Abba and Imma wish you a Happy Birthday and may you continue to shine a light in our world.

Cousin Gavin wrote this prayer when you were born and the message is still so beautiful today.

Ribono Shel Olam (Master of the universe), Please hear the prayers of our humble family. We pray that the messenger you sent into our world brings the people she meets closer to you and closer to each other. We pray that her untarnished nishama (soul) brings light into the hearts of those who need it. We pray that the lessons she is here to teach will all be well learned. May you grant us the wisdom to never question your judgments but rather to embrace your challenges. Hear our cries of joyful gratitude for the miracle you have bestowed on us, please remind us of these same cries on the days when we might need to remember our infinite mantra Gam Zu La Tova (Everything is for the best) We recognise that our gift from you is only challenged physically while spiritually she soars to heights we cannot comprehend, so thank you for our precious miracle & thank you for this opportunity to grow even closer to you. May you give our family all the strength, wisdom and solace we need to truly embrace, appreciate and accept our new baby girl always and forever, because we don’t want to waste a moment, not even a nano moment in doubt of your chesed (kindness). We love you – and now we really know you love us too! With love, The Family!


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