To begin with, we would like to take the time to thank you for taking an interest in our company and its mission. Your time is precious, so we appreciate you spending it on reading about our journey as a company and as a family. We appreciate any and all support that you give or have given to Brave Bambino, The Epilepsy Foundation, and the Conquer Chiari Research Center. As we embark on this journey, we would like to take this time now to thank everyone who has been with and helped us so far.
To the doctors and specialists: for the skillful application of your years of medical training and study; for your insight and suggestions into how best to care for our daughter; for your careful listening and thoughtful responses to the 37,000 questions that we nervous parents felt the need to ask; and for a seemingly endless supply of suckers and stickers, we thank you.
To all of the nurses, technicians, and support staff: for your amazing, unwavering disposition of kindness and patience, in spite of the unimaginable stresses you encounter each day; for your patience and creativity as we work together to calm our nervous child with Disney songs as she gets her blood drawn; for your gentle reassurance that everything will turn out okay; for understanding our worries and tears; and for your wonderful sense of humor and personal connection that brings a smile to all our faces despite the stress of medical procedures, we thank you.
To our friends and family: for your continuous help and support throughout this entire journey; for babysitting when we needed it; for missing work when we couldn't take your kids that day due to doctor appointments; for the many cards, gifts, balloons and meals you brought us; and most of all for your endless love and prayers, we thank you. We couldn't have made it through these times without you - thank you, thank you, thank you!
To Penelope, our daughter and brave bambina: for being so brave, so strong, and so open to all the experiences you have gone through so far; for being a living reminder that despite how scary the unknown may seem, everything will turn out for the best; for all of your hugs, kisses, and affection; for (almost) always having a smile on your face and a skip in your step as we travel to and from countless appointments; and for being our special girl, with all the quirky, vibrant personality you carry with you, we love you and we thank you.
To the God of heaven and earth: for your faithfulness, and for the peace that comes with knowing that your are good, no matter what happens (Daniel 3:18); for the reassurance that you are present with us no matter the circumstance (Isaiah 43:2); for our countless blessings, especially our children and family; for your immeasurable love for us (John 3:16), even when we cannot see the plan for us; for your unending forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7); for your daily blessings, and for the hope we have for the future (Jeremiah 29:11), we give thanks.
To everyone who we have not thanked here directly, and to all of you who will choose to support us in the future, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Pettit Tribe