Day 279 | JUNE 16, 2022

Good evening, friends, today is day 279 of our new and amazing life.


This morning started in a very undesirable way, but to shine a little clarity on this statement, we need to talk about last night.


We had to let our au pair go last night, and by 8 am this morning she was gone.


I won’t get into details, but all I will say is, no one will ever make my kids or anyone in my family feel afraid, don’t ever mistake my kindness for weakness.


Now, we are back to the original team, me and my mom taking care of the boys, and we are in search of a local nanny this time around.


Charlie and I just can’t believe how unlucky we are with our child care, we had 3 au pair in 6 months! Just hard to believe.


We even joked this morning that, in our life we seem to always have the extra hard way.


After taking care of business in the morning, we had a very good day.


Charlie went to the dentist today and to our surprise her teeth are in great shape! No cavities! Surprising because it has been almost a year and half since her last visit to the dentist, she was so happy!


On the way back home, we stopped by the Cold Stone Creamery to pick up an ice cream cake, Charlie has a plan for it tomorrow, I won’t spoil her surprise to London 😉, and we grabbed lunch at Popeyes to go, Charlie first drink after months at the ICU unable to drink was, Popeyes Iced tea:).


After Lunch, I went to work and I had so much to do and not much time now.


Charlie had an OT appointment today, and for her medical appointments she has a transportation company that takes her, but today when she was ready to come home, her driver was almost 1 hour away, so she called and I was there to pick her up in 15 minutes, just grateful to have our own accessible van for moments like this.


Tonight, Charlie and I had a date! That is right, our first fun outing since the accident, we went to the movie theater, we watched Top Gun - Maverick and it was amazing!! Such a well-done movie, we both enjoyed it so much! But the best part of the movie was to have Charlie there, by my side.


You have no idea how much joy and gratitude it felt to be in that movie theater with Charlie, the love of my life, the mother of my children, holding my hand as Tom Cruise flies at 9.8G.


It is amazing that the smallest and the simplest things are the ones that bring the most joy lately.


I also felt so special because I was able to help Charlie with her food, and the simple act of me cutting her sandwich in smaller pieces is such an act of love, and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be there for Charlie.


Truly our trip to the movie theater was such a privilege, and we cherished every minute of it! Thanks to my mom, for getting the boys to bed and allowing us to have a few hours of normalcy.


Also, this was the first time I was alone with Charlie. Well, kind of, there were people in the theater, but during the movie, Charlie’s aid was outside, so I could talk with her without someone around her, again it is the little things.


This day had everything ingredients to be an awful day, but we purposely chose to make it a good day, and I am so glad we made that choice.


We are grateful to God and his grace towards us, yes life is full of challenges and boy we get those a lot recently, but it is how we respond to it that determines how we will feel about it.


Tonight, I am going to bed feeling accomplished. We remain strong and United as a family, and there is nothing more important than family and God.


I wish you a good night, and May God bless you!


André



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Cheering on Charlie. 

On Friday, September 10th, Charlie Anne Xavier was in a horrific and life-changing accident. Though she’s surprising her doctors and nurses daily with her incredible strength and resilience, this road to recovery will be an incredibly long one. 

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