Today is our second daughter Courtney's birthday. Being autistic, Courtney is anything but easy to raise. At age 10, she can only say a few words, she cannot read or write at grade level, and she has great difficulty restraining her emotions or her impulses (particularly when it comes to food and water). But her beautiful smile and her laugh bring us great joy, as do her hugs. We love her and are proud to have her as our daughter. She has taught us much.