To see true grief in the eyes of an 11-month-old is a terrible thing. She rarely smiled in the beginning, but if anyone could bring a smile to those sad little eyes, Buddy could. She knew she was safe with him. She knew he loved her. And she knew that when Buddy was around, she mattered. She was the center of his world, and that made all the difference for a little girl who had never had that before.
I am so unbelievably in awe of this kid. He inspires me every single day, and I can't say enough how very, very proud I am of him! :-)