Thank you, all my dear ones, for your uplifting messages, and encouraging words. Just as I’m feeling quite discouraged, I’m reminded that we do have an amazing community that loves Matthew, and sees him as the child of God that he is.
Other things that have been wonderfully comforting: (in no particular order, of course)
- *hugs* from good friends and family
- the Beatitudes
- tea & chocolate
- another mother, whose son was rejected by this world (can anyone guess who I am talking about?)
- inspiring stories shared about individuals with Down syndrome.
- spending time just enjoying my loving husband and my beautiful boys
- remembering that we are not made for the things of this world. In fact, if we were ever to comfortable in, or accepted by, popular culture – it is then that we should really be worried!
This week’s posts will be lighter – I promise! To kick things off, how about my first blog contest!
If you think you know the answer to the question above, leave a comment with your answer. We’ll put all the right answers in a hat, and Matthew will choose a winner. Your prize? Chocolate, of course! The best comfort-food ever invented. 🙂
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Today is also my dad’s birthday. He has been a prayer warrior for Matthew since before day 1, and created an early, tight bond with little Matthew. When I couldn’t leave Matthew with anyone else, I could leave him with Grandpa.
One of Matthew’s very first spoken words? “Pa-pa.” He even knows the way to Grandpa’s house. Every time we turn left on 9th street, I hear “Pa-pa?” from the back seat. If I turn right, I hear, “no!”
My dad is a rock of our faith, and an example of hope. I’m so glad that we live close to him, that my boys get to grow up knowing him and visiting him often. He is such a help to me, too!
He lets the boys “help” in his garden, picking tomatos and cucumbers, digging carrots and potatoes, and teaching Micah to squeeze the potato bug larvae until bright orange bug juice squirts all over … you know – fun Grandpa stuff! When I leave the boys with him, I often hear, “No, Mommy! I didn’t want you to come back yet!” upon my return.
We are all blessed to have you, Dad, and we love you.