Elise was meant to go to that pre-school. I know that. I started looking into school for Elise just after Mattias was born. School had started a month ago, and I was pretty sure I wouldn't get her in anywhere. But she needed something.
Then a friend of mine mentioned how much she loved the school her daughter was going to. Elise and A had known each other since they were babies. This school *just happened* to be up the street from our house. Literally... I could drive there in about 60 seconds.
I called the school. Instead of hanging up when they heard "diabetes" they were very interested in making it work. And they *just happened* to have a teacher there who had type 2. And she *just happened* to teach the 3 year old class.
All this to say, the three years Elise went there they went above and beyond for us. Most of the staff comes out and walks with us every year. And the first school day back after the walk, they all wear their Team Elise shirts. When Lucas arrived a month early last year, they offered to take the kids on the days Elise and Mattias didn't have class (they went M/W/F), and in the afternoon enrichment program (in which they weren't enrolled).
Then in November last year, they had a Diabetes Awareness Week; letting us set up donation jars from Team Elise. In just one week; they raised over $300 for Team Elise.
I am so thankful for how they have supported us. They were my first stepping stone on the pathway to letting go, and for that I will always be grateful.