Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thank You

I find myself burdened today...
My day starts the same way it ends....
I check on my children and my husband.  I am generally the first one up and the last one down.
Today, however, someone told me I was doing a good job.
As a mom, this is not something we hear often.  As a mom to special children, this is something we need to hear more.

I am burdened by not saying thank you enough to those that touch my life without even knowing it.  I am constantly and effectively inspired by the moms of other special children and their ability to persevere.  It gives me hope in the midst of a bad day.  It lightens my heart when I am feeling heavy.  It lifts my spirits when I need to laugh. 

So here's to you:

For the never ending conversations with well-meaning doctors
For the 2:00 am diaper change or glucose test
For the weight of making medical decisions
For the revolving door to therapists, nurses, and program managers
           (whom we LOVE)
For the oh-so-fun testing of the urine every morning
For the dirty looks you receive while tending to your
         "not normal" child in the grocery store
For the late nights scouring the internet for products,
           treatments, or information
For the equipment that IS necessary even if you have to
             fight the insurance for it
For the humility and grace it takes to advocate for your child
For wearing your heart on your sleeve while carrying
    your armor to every single doctor's appointment
For feeling alone because no one really understands you
For celebrating every single milestone in your child's own time
For seeing the beauty in a face(s) that society sees as different


It is not said often enough!

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say "thank you?"" 
~William A. Ward

1 comment:

  1. We are thankful for you and Brandon for loving Matthew and Autumn so very much. We will always love them too.
    We are also thankful for the gift of friendships that we have formed through adoption and for so many beautiful people who love the children whom we had the privilege of caring for a short time and still love with all our hearts.