a blog about raising a daughter with cerebral palsy and learning unexpected lessons along the way

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Beating the Odds

In recent years, I've stumbled upon a startling statistic that roughly 80% of all married couples raising a special needs child end in divorce. That's alarming and heartbreaking all at the same time, but not surprising. The constant emotional and financial strain is often too much for one couple to handle. The special needs world provides a continuous and often unwelcoming ride of emotional ups, downs and all arounds and if we're not holding on tight, we're guaranteed to be knocked off.

Although I would never dare say that Rob and I have it easy, I do know we have a lot to be thankful for. We have more than enough to fight for, to celebrate, and to keep alive as long as we can. We have chosen to check our grips daily, hold on tight and tackle this life as a team. We may have our moments but at the end of the day, we are still best friends ready to do it all over again. Two people who have found balance. Love and Oia; our glue.

Somehow, we're doing it. We're beating the odds and making it work; one day at a time. We've accomplished a lot in our 12 1/2 years together and today marks our 6th year of marriage. But who's counting? We're just ready to face whatever comes next... and looking forward to whatever that may be.

Happy Anniversary, Rob. I couldn't make sense of life's craziness without you. You always have a way of making everything just a little bit easier.


  1. Happy Anniversary you two! Mo thank you for putting up with my brother as he can be hard to tolerate! You are a saint among saints!!!

  2. Happy Anniversary to you both! (We celebrated our 6th this year too). :)

    And a happy belated birthday to your beautiful Oia too!

    What a beautiful family you have. :)

  3. happy anniversary! you have a very beautiful family :)

  4. Happy Anniversary! Great family picture too!

  5. Happy Anniversary you two!!
    I've heard that statistic before as well...and it is scary. But that picture of your beautiful family...that looks like a perfect picture of love to me.
    :) Here's to a great year!

  6. That's some pretty strong glue:) Homemade crazy glue huh? Happy Anniversary!

  7. I am so proud of you guys! And by the way, you look gorgeous!

  8. Congratulations on 6 years! You look great in this photo! Really beautiful.