I figured our presence and occasional lectures on backyard safety were enough. On Aug. 3, 2014, I was proved wrong. That was the day a copperhead snake bit our 2-year-old son, Levi.
Even just looking at a photo, I instantly felt a connection. This little girl we would name Hattie was our daughter. There was never a doubt. Hattie was born with a cleft lip and palate, just like me.