Sunday, 19 August 2007

A Special Child; A Special Family...




Lim Khai Yue...



Today, I would like to share with all of you the story of Lim Khai Yue, who celebrates her 3rd birthday today...

Khai means Spiritual Nature, and Yue means Spiritual Happiness...


Khai Yue was born with Down Syndrome, and unlike the stories of other special children I've shared here, I did not meet Khai Yue in the hospital...

Khai Yue's parents, Uncle Lim Woon Hun and Aunty Ng Chi Ying, are Baha'i's, and so we're 'family friends'...




Uncle Lim Woon Hun, with Khai Yue smiling away, and her brother Khai Xi...Dear Aunty Chi Ying is taking the picture...



They always say that special children are born to special parents, and indeed Khai Yue's story is one such example...Aunty Chi Ying and Uncle Woon Hun are everything a special child can ask for, and such is their love, devotion and acceptance of Khai Yue, that they have dedicated their life to caring for her...




Look at the darling duo, which when together, mean 'Twin Happiness'...



Not only that, they have even passed on the devotion to their 10 year-old son, Khai Xi, who adores his sister to bits, and whom I can see will be there to protect her for many years to come...


Uncle Woon Hun told me a while back, when I expressed my admiration for their care of Khai Yue:-

"We're nothing special. But when God gives you a child like Khai Yue, it is gift. For children like Khai Yue, we as parents must be 10 steps ahead of her. And even though she is different, she has a right to know God too".


And 10 steps ahead they are; attending courses, seminars, and learning all they can to do their best in bringing the best out of Khai Yue...They also teach Khai Yue how to pray...




And under their love, Khai Yue has blossomed into such a wonderful girl, who bobs along to songs, nursery rhymes, and has been amazing in her progress in verbal/visual-linguistics...




Guess who's at the computer playing games?



From the (very young) special children I've met, I found that they could sometimes be very shy; Khai Yue is however, true to her name...Spiritual Happiness she really is, smiling when you call her name, and she allowed me to carry her the first time I met her, and even gave me a kiss on my cheek before she left...*Awww...So sweet*


Aunty Chi Ying and Uncle Woon Hun have certainly done an amazing job helping Khai Yue to socialise!



Dear Khai Xi and Darling Khai Yue, in their traditional Chinese attire...



And every night, Khai Xi prays for his sister:-


“Help this daughter of the Kingdom,
To be exalted in both worlds,
Give her heavenly power and strengthen her through,
The breath of the Holy Spirit that she may arise to serve Thee”





Khai Xi, Uncle Woon Hun and Aunty Chi Ying, you are not alone in your prayers...We too, pray for Khai Yue, and your blessed family, in our different ways...




And Khai Yue, Happy 3rd Birthday!






25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great sharing and great family Daphne. I am a firsttimer here and glad to stumble on your blog. What a special child Khai yue is!
-WRT

Jo-D said...

Daph,
What a special littel girl Khai Yue is! And Uncle Woon Hun and Aunty Cih Ying are wonderful and so is cute Khai Xi. A real blessed family. Thanks for sharing dear.

tokasid said...

Daphne:

Yes a special child is born to a special family.

These families are special coz: they have abundance courage, abundance patient to cope with special children.These parents sacrifice their lives. They have to cut down on their social life. They have to start making new friends with strangers having special child too. parents willing to do anything at any cost to make the best and provide the best for their special children.

No normal parents can do that.
These parents are really special.

Ru-V said...

Greetings from the States!
dearest daph,
I must say during these six months I've known you.I've learned more about God's very special children and I'll always be thankful to you for that.I've always wanted to do something,bring a change.Esp in the lives of children in need.But I never believed it was possible.Now,watching another fellow youth doing all this,it's telling me all u need is the heart and the will to make a difference.Even if it is a small one to us it will make huge difference in the lives of these very special children.Kudos to u dear! and God bless you always..
You make a difference in the lives of many ppl just by sharing =)
And God bless Khai Yue and her wonderful family.It truly is hard to find such devoted family members esp when it comes to special children nowadays.So my respect and admiration stretch out to the whole family.They definitely are special.All of them.
Happy Birthday to the lil princess and I wish her many many more happy times with her family for a long time to come.
May God Bless them all!

PS:I miss you btw, see u real soon alrite :D hugs!

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

seriously guys, who could have not charmed by this sweet little girl? what made khai yue even more special is her cuteness. she's just adorable.

since pinching is a form of physical abuse, i'll just give her a hug. a tight one.

winniethepooh said...

Happy Birthday Khai Yue! May you have many more wonderful birthdays to come...

Daphne, ure a special child too, one with an "EXTRAORDINARY BIG HEART"! :) Thanks for sharing this lovely family story.

*hugs*

elviza said...

Happy Birthday to the special child!

You touched my heart again Daphne.

Take care

Raden Galoh said...

Happy Birthday Khai Yue...

Daphne dear...Thank you for highlighting. She's such a wonderful toddler and definitely special in her own way... She brings the best in her family, she joins them together, she strengthens their courage...I think she's just a gift that you can't just ignore...

mott said...

No matter what...love always prevails, eh?

Thanks for sharing this special story.

J.T. said...

Happy Birthday Khai Yue. She's such a sweety.

I do believe that Khai Yue has an extra special gift that is waiting to be unleashed. Special children have their individual unique talents. With the love, support and encouragement she gets from her family, I am confident she is on her way.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 10.04,
Thank you for coming, and indeed, a great family! Goes to show that love can do wonders! =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jo-D,
You are most welcome, and thanks for coming by. Khai Xi is amazing for a boy his age. Parents being special is one thing, but for them to manage to raise the young boy to not be jealous of the attention his sister is getting, and love and protect her the way he does, is truly amazing. I wanted to write about Khai Xi for the Young Malaysian Stories competition thingy, but he was below age...*Sigh*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Tokasid,

You know, when I first met Chee Keong, I did wonder about this whole 'Special children are born to special parents' thingy...

After all, if they really are special, why did they abandon him? Then I realised that when God gives you a challenge, He is giving you a test; a test which you can fail or pass.

And if you pass, He will never leave you on your own. I also learned that just because they did not take the challenge means they are horrible people. Circumstances sometimes force people to do horrible things, and my only hope is that they find peace within themselves, because in the end, the best thing they did for him was to give him up...

So yes, when I meet parents like Uncle Woon Hun and Aunty Chi Ying, and parents like Aisya's parents, I am in even bigger awe...

Thanks for sharing in this story Tokasid...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Ru-V!!!

Awww...I miss you too, so come back quick! We still have our ice-cream and our lunch and dinner and...Oh dear, we do eat too much huh?

Thanks for the kind words dear. We always think the silent majority can't do anything, but I guess if every silent majority did something, we can achieve quite a lot, huh?

You're most welcome to follow me anytime, you know? Come down to Ipoh during our long break, and go bring some noise into the Pediatric Wards...You are always welcome to share my room woman! Haha...

Whatever it is, come back quick! *Hugs*

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Kerp,

God, you are hilarious! Pinching is a form of abuse huh (any reference to one of my previous posts ;))?

In that case, I was severely abused as a kid...I remember my mum's friends loved to pinch me, some till today...

I remember one man in particular...Wonderful guy, but he loved to pinch, and my cheeks always kena, even till I was like, 15? Now that he has passed on, God bless him, his daughter does it to me...

*Sigh*

I wanna think I'm cute, but that means I'm ugly but adorable...

*Double sigh*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,

Aww...thanks! But we ALL have big hearts...Just need the right thing to unleash it...You know, find something which makes you heart melt...Me? It's kids, animals and old people...=) When the 'wrong' thing comes along, I become the opposite of 'big heart', whatever that means! Haha...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Elviza,

Long time no see! How are you? Thank you for sharing in this story too *Hugs*

Hey Aunty Raden,
I'm glad you made it back safe and sound, and full of spirit...Yes, Khai Yue is a gift...All children are, but she is all the more special because she has helped the family reach into themselves and really do their best...For her...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,
Yes! Love always prevails...If we believe in it enough...

Hi JT,
Yes to you too! I believe that Khai Yue has a gift, and I think it has already been unleashed...She teaches all to love...Don't you think so? And more importantly, she teaches all to love unconditionally, which is the greatest gift of all...I believe all special children have that gift, and that blessing from God =)

PrincessJournals said...

Happy Birthday Khai Yue. ramai peminat dia. mesti happy if she knows. ;) the 1st thing tht caught my eyes is her long straight black hair. cantik!

Joan said...

Daphne,
I also have a Down's child and it is the most difficult challenge of the life of my husband and I. We know how difficult it must be to accept a Down Syndrome child when they are born. We went through a lot of hell also when our Shawn was born. He is doing better now with proper intervention. Thnk you for sharing Khai Yue's story and her family. It reminds us we are not alone.

mariannie said...

Derest Daphne,
I a m coming by Doc TA & Kepr link. Thanks for sharing this story
Will put your link to my blog. Hope u don't mind.
For Khai yue - Happy Brithday my adorable girl.
"Little acts of kindness and support go a long way in bringing sunshine into our lives. "

Happy networking!
Mrs Missycat aka waterlily

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Princess,
Hah! A girl after my own heart! You admired her hair too =)
And yes, mesti lar ramai her peminat...Cute, smiley, sweet and pretty...Haih...;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Joan,
A warm greeting to you, hubby, Shawn and family. And welcome to my blog. Thanks for sharing in Khai Yue's story and sharing yours. I hope Shawn too will grow up happy and blessed like Khai Yue. God bless =), and no, you are not alone...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mariannie @ Mrs Missycat @ Waterlily,

Wah, panjangnya alias-nya...Hehe...
Thank you for visiting, and I would be most honoured for you to link me! Tak payah tanya one...
And a Happy Networking to you too! *Hehe*

Anonymous said...

This news is rather old but I would like to chip in anyway. I know Woon Hun's family. The last time I saw Khai Yue, she was just a baby. Me and my wife had no idea about her special condition. It was either Woon Hun did not think it important for us to know or he did not know it either at that time. Khai Yue looked like any other ordinary baby. A cute bundle of joy. Now that we know of her condition, I must say, she is very fortunate. She is born into a family with the right attitude towards life. Moreover, her father is a professional who is able to provide her a comfortable life. Others may not be so lucky as in the case of little Chee Keong.

Thanks for sharing the pictures. My, how she has grown! She was cute when she was a baby now, she is just adorable. she still looks like an ordinary child to me so may be her condition is a less severe form of the syndrome. I must meet up with Woon Hun's family again, soon I hope.

Regards,
Tze Hong