When I got home, I was greeted by a disaster. At least, a disaster at first glance. On looking closer, though, I saw that the living room carpet was itself carpeted in homemade Christmas decorations. Oh yes, Jessica and Namine had been busy.

My girls made some ornament bulb strings using bulbs and ribbon, some with bulbs and pipe cleaner (some sparkly and some not). We’ll hang those from the window and around the apartment. They made handprint reindeer, which will go up all over the place. They made snowflakes, which are much warmer than the real thing. We like warm.

After Jessica showed Namine how to string the ornament bulbs together, she was able to leave her to her own devices. (The living room was evidence of this.) And you might think nothing of this, but Namine’s ability to do this on her own means more to us. You see, one of the many things Namine works on in therapy is fine motor skills – that includes threading, precisely the thing she had to do to string the ornaments together.


It was only a few months ago that Namine needed help with beading. How far she’s come in such a short time! No one knows how hard she’s worked better than she, and no one could be more proud than we.


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