First and foremost, thank you Elizabeth and Rachel. Thank you does not even cover it. I received my Elle's Ears book today. We ordered it hoping that Brianna could share it with her new classmates next week when school starts.
I opened it right up and Brianna sat on my lap. She read the first few pages out loud to me, then I took over. I did fine up until the activation page. I rush of tears came over me. I have never cried so hard reading a children's book. "Where the Red Fern Grows" did not have this much of an emotional impact on me! Brianna looked up at me when she heard my voice crack and let me know that Elle's mommy and daddy cried, but I don't have to! How sweet is that. So, I took that moment to calm down and we finished the book. She took it into her room and read it a few times. After she went to bed, I read it again. Flood gates open! I called Brianna's dad (he is out of town on business again) and read it to him. He cried. He made me stop reading after the activation part so that he could compose himself to hear the rest. We both cried through the end. I am so thankful that you both cared so much to write this book and make it available to us. It was really just perfect. If anyone has the opportunity to purchase it, I would recommend it. It is the first children's CI book that I have read, and it was perfect.
Brianna is going to make a collage of pictures to show the class, and her teacher will read the book to her class. I really think that Elle's Ears will show the class that Brianna is special, but also that she is just like them, just with a cool set of pink "ears"! I just had to express my gratitude for this book, and for all of you sharing your experiences with us. It is so great to feel like we are not alone. There are a lot of people going through what we are going through, and sometimes it is just what you need to hear. You are not alone, and you made the right choice.