Good Things For Gwendolyn: Our Animal Whisperer and A Half Birthday

Today Gwendolyn is 3 1/2 and I can’t believe it! 3.5! I can’t believe it has already been six months since her big 3rd birthday celebrations — her first trip to Disneyland, the month-long “Birthday Bonanza” giveaways, the $36 for 36 months campaign that raised $3,300 (Wow! and THANK YOU!), and all the birthday love and goodness. And I can’t believe it was six months ago that we made this video. I loved making it and reminiscing. But what I love even more is that we now have so, so many more adventures and milestones to add. The last six months have been filled with so many experiences for our little girl that are expanding her world — starting preschool, getting her power chair, fun with friends, exposure to new learning opportunities — and we can see her growing leaps and bounds before our eyes. Gwendolyn has such a determined and feisty spirit and she is showing us every day what she wants out of her life — and she wants to go and do and see and have adventures! Lots of them.

And one consistent theme to Gwendolyn’s adventures is being with animals. It is very clear that she has a very special bond with animals. She has always loved animals, but I am continually amazed at how they seem to respond so lovingly and gently to her. This week Little Star gave her whisker kisses — he’s never done that to anyone. Gwendolyn made a little sound and he immediately came right up to her and gently nuzzled her cheek with his — a horse kiss. And he’s so calm and relaxed around her — so happy to have a million hair bows and Gwendolyn Butterflies put in his mane, so content to walk up and down the stable a million times, and so thrilled with every little pat Gwendolyn gives him. And seeing Gwendolyn with Rufus last was just darling. They were such immediate buddies. Rufus was so good with her — and she with him. It seems true with every animal Gwendolyn meets. Throughout her 3 1/2 years she has gotten to hold, pet and/or feed: chickens, bunnies, turtles, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, penguins, a baby fox, a sea cucumber, a starfish, snakes, lizards, a giraffe… and we are about to add a new one. Shhh! Next week we have a very special surprise for Little Miss G… an adventure for our animal whisperer…our big 3 1/2 year old! :)

Happy 3.5 sweet G. We love you!

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  1. Jaime Gooden says:

    Happy 1/2 birthday sweet sweet Gwendolyn! You have held more animals than I have in my …..29, yeah 29, years :-) I cannot WAIT to see what’s coming next week!
    We love you G!

  2. Happy Half Birthday Miss.G!!!! What an exciting life you lead, your Mommy and Daddy sure do some amazing things with you! I am so excited for your big surprise and look forward to seeing pics of that too! :-)

  3. Wow, so many wonderful experiences! Even touching a snake!! She is so brave! :)
    I love the picture of Little Star with all the butterfly clippies in her mane. Adorable!!!

  4. I hit post before I got to say HAPPY HALF BIRTHDAY GWENDOLYN! Enjoy your special day! :)

  5. Happy 1/2 Birthday Gwendolyn!!! So wonderful to hear about all the animals you have been able to see and touch!! Yay for your new surprise coming!! Looking forward to reading your new adventures!

  6. Colin C. says:

    Happy 3 1/2 Gwedolyn! Have a wonderful day and a great weekend.

  7. She sounds like she has an awesome magnetic energy! Animals can obviously tell and know she is amazing too! Which is completely true.

  8. Tammy Duke says:

    Happy 1/2 Birthday Gwendolyn!! Animals are magic and their love so healing! Gwendolyn is a very lucky little girl to have so many experiences with animals. Can’t wait for the next adventure!

  9. Laura Ashley says:

    3.5 years old!!! Wow!! Gwendolyn, you are so amazing and I’m so glad your parents decided to share you & your adventures with us <3

  10. Marcela Vallarino says:

    I love all the pics! Amanda says that when she grows up she wants to do all that Gwendolyn has done!! I absolutely love the picture of her riding a horse, AMAZING.
    Happy 3.5 Birthday G!!

  11. Jennifer says:

    love the pictures, she has grown so much!! ♥ happy 3 1/2 birthday beautiful!

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