24 February 2013

Vera is 5 Video & Speech



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Dear family, friends and teachers,

Thank you for being here tonight to celebrate Vera’s 5th birthday with us.

I’d just like to say a few words before we sing the birthday song.

5 years ago, Vera’s arrival threw us into the special needs world.

Family members and friends were there for us.

While it was a world full of machines, medicines and mayhem, it was also a world filled with kindness.

Mothers pumped and offered Vera their breastmilk. Others helped us buy medical supplies.

At our lowest moments, mothers with Trisomy 18 children miles away in the US, became our pillars of support.

Yet more kindness came our way when Vera started school at Yishun Park Rainbow Centre.

Teachers and therapists engulfed children like Vera in a sea of love. Accepting their every flaw, celebrating their every step.

During frequent hospital stays, we became closely in touch with people who help people – surgeons, doctors and nurses – and saw the good work they do each day.

So on behalf of Vera, thank you all, for touching our lives in your own special way.


亲爱的家人,朋友老师:

谢谢大家今晚能抽空出席燕琳的 5岁生日聚会。

在我们为燕琳唱生日歌前,我想先和大家分享一下我们的心情

5年前,燕琳的到来把我和家渊带入一个特别的世界里。

尽管这个世界里充满了弄也弄不完的仪器,数也数不清的药物,但它也是一个充满了善良与爱的世界。

朋友和家人都没有舍弃我们。

有的妈妈提供自己的母乳给燕琳,有的则帮助我们买医疗用品等等

而就在我们最低潮的时候,有一班远在美国,拥有象燕琳一样的孩子的妈妈们,则成了我们的精神支柱。

燕琳进入《义顺公园彩虹中心》上课后,我们感受了更多的关怀与爱。

在那里,教师和治疗师们给予了象燕琳这样的孩子们满怀的关爱,接受他们所有的不完美,并为他们前进的每一步欢呼雀跃。

而在燕琳住院治疗期间,我们也接触到那些协助他人的专职人士 - 外科大夫,其他医生和护士们,并体会了他们每一天为燕琳所作的努力和成效

因此,我们代表燕琳,衷心感谢你们用各自特别的方式给予我们和燕琳的无限关怀与爱

谢谢大家。


22 February 2013

Vera is 5!


To all Vera's milk mummies, mummies who donated supplies, mummies who help us import supplies, Trisomy 18 families here and abroad who form our support network, teachers, therapists, surgeons, doctors and nurses who have helped Vera - THANK YOU!!!

Most of all, thank you to our families and friends for being there for us all the way. And to Beth for the headaches, backaches and countless nights of interrupted sleep and irregular hours that come with looking after a child like Vera. 

13 February 2013

Chinese New Year 2013

January flies by and Chinese New Year is upon us.

As my granny gets older, she is Ninety Three (gasp!), every year becomes a celebration of her still here with us. A living legacy.

Oh what joy fills her heart...bless my dear Granny.
"Red packets over here, thank you very much."
"Hmmm...let me see who's this guy?" 
"I think I'm getting the hang of the red carpet routine."
"This is my dear Mai mai...we go waayyy back, yeah"

A Darlie moment
This aunt helped looked after my bro and I when we were kids.
This aunt has just the thing to keep Daen sitting still - Youtube TV! 
Gong gong, Papa and Daen - don't they look alike? 
They can play all day...the chemistry is unmistakable. 
All together now.

Happy New Year from Vera and us to you and your family! May the Year of the Snake be a slithery smooth one for you : )