I know that for every "I could have loved him better in this way" thought, there are a thousand, "I DID love him in this way" moments. Focus on what you can do now, rather than what you could have done more of, or better.
There is always hope in Jesus. There is always peace to be found in Him. I pour out my soul to Him and find healing. Whatever the future brings, we don’t go into it or through it alone. We go together, with confidence in Christ who goes with us.
Caring for someone with special needs has been difficult, as we carry the heavy burden of 24/7 care for someone. This leaves us feeling taxed.
We have never forgotten that time when we felt undermined, as parents who couldn’t advocate for their child. You are, in fact, quite the expert on your child. When you face the challenges from educators and others with degrees, certifications, or other credentials, remember that you are more than just a parent, you are everything to your child.
We so often focus on the limitations in our life. We can feel these limitations keenly, perhaps especially as our friends and their children reach milestones. And there is truth in these limitations: there are many things my family will always struggle with that others don’t. We are shaped by limitations. But it is also true that we are shaped by unique giftedness, strengths, talents and abilities. We are shaped by the Creator with purpose.
I had an ambition to teach my daughter to pray even though her spoken vocabulary was limited to a few words. I broke down the act of prayer, employed some well-known speech therapy techniques, and began helping her develop her own prayer life. Like many other skills we have worked on in the past, this took time and repetition, but my daughter learned to pray.