waltWalt was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect called AV canal in utero. We immediately put him on the waiting list at The Little Light House, and were told that it would probably be 3 years before he got in. When he was 6 months old, I received a call at work from the director. We talked about how our days were going and the upcoming Tees for Tots fundraiser. Then, she casually said that she had some great news for us. I was expecting it to be 2-3 more years before there was a spot open for Walt at TLLH so that was the last thing I was expecting her to say. To my surprise, the good news actually was that Walt would be able to start at TLLH the following fall!!! I immediately started crying, thanking her and praising the Lord for this great news! I was so overwhelmed with joy because I knew that this was going to be so amazing for Walt, but I never could have imagined just how amazing and life changing his time at TLLH would be. On his first day at TLLH, he wasn’t even able to sit up independently. In his first year, he had two open heart surgeries and a sternal revision to repair his sternum following the open heart surgeries. Although the surgeries may have set him back a little developmentally, you would never know. The teachers and therapists at TLLH work so hard to help him not just meet his goals, but exceed them. By the beginning of his second school year, he was able to eat, stand, and even walk on his own!!! I am absolutely blown away by the progress that he has made in just one year at TLLH, and I can’t wait to see what he is able to accomplish in the future at this AMAZING school!