Today was the first time we have hiked without a stroller or baby back pack in about 10 years.  Sure, we’ve taken little strolls around parks by our house, but this was the first “real” trail we’ve hit since we’re done with all the baby stuff.  When we were at breakfast this morning, a woman and Belle struck up a conversation.  Belle told her about her big sisters, and the lady said, “Well, are you the baby?”  She looked offended, and deeply insulted, and firmly stated that “No, I am not the baby!”

And she proved it today.

This little girl marched and marched up a hill, over rocks and roots, through streams getting her feet wet…all without a single complaint.  She was determined. 

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For anyone who knows Belle’s story, you know that this is a huge accomplishment.  A few years ago her legs and muscles weren’t working so well.  It appears she is determined to overcome just about anything that gets in her way.

“I was very brave today Mom”  She said to me on the way down. 

Yep.  She sure was!

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5 thoughts on “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

  1. Rhoda says:

    O what a great post. Knowing Belle’s history ,she is a true determined person. I think my Sophie might have a little of Belle in her too. When she sets her mind to something there is no stopping her. They both seem to do it with such PASSION, they enjoy the journey. God Bless and I hope the rest of your vacation is just as nice.

  2. Mo says:

    Aww. What a sweetie pie!

  3. Amber Cox says:

    That picture of you and Belle at the end of the post made me all teary-eyed. I love that she was hiking with you guys all day! Keep having an awesome vacation!!

  4. Rindy Walton says:

    Yeah!!! It’s awesome to see all the progress!! Very cool!! and great pics too!!

  5. Awww, brings tears to my eyes!

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