This year I am thankful for many things. I started high school at North. I have been challenged academically and as a person learning to be accepted in the world with a disability. I am thankful I am able to rise to the challenge with many people's help. My school is awesome. They believe in me and want me to succeed. Day to day I want to try my best. A good school brings out my best. I love my school. Mr. L is really encouraging. He begins the day with good talks. I have been learning to read independently and take tests at the computer. I am thankful for my aides at school. Mrs. S and Miss R help me take part in school. I would not be able to participate without them. My aides are very good at motivating me to do my best and do more independently.
I am really getting better at many things. I can sit through classes, church, and performances without being disruptive. I can handle many more situations. I am brave about new things now. I went to my Homecoming and had fun. I think I have been able to do more because I have been given many opportunities to try new things. I also have so many caring people in my life.
I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my mom. She is always pushing me out of my comfort zone. I love her for it because she helps me not waste my life. She goes beyond what most moms do by helping me be an advocate for change and acceptance of people with disabilities. I am meaningfully living my life. I am thankful for my dad. He takes me out to do fun things. He also supports our family. I am thankful for my brother Carlos and sisters Ana and Lia. They make life fun. I am thankful for Lola and Lolo and my Aunt Kit, Uncle Mike, Tommy, and Roger. I am thankful for Grams and Dumpa. I have the best family. They make my life happy. I am very loved and blessed.