Warning: Sappiness Ahead
The first time I went to an autism support group meeting, I remember being intrigued by the other women there. They were beautiful, smart, funny, “normal.” Some had children with Asperger’s. Others with classic autism. Others with multiple children spanning the spectrum. Suddenly I was not alone.
I was surprised. I did not know that this happened to ordinary people… even extraordinary people. For the first time I finally realized that it wasn’t my fault, that I had not done something wrong. In an instant, these mothers took me under their wings, pulled out their day planners and rattled off phone numbers for different doctors to call, places to go, things to do. They tossed me a lifeline of hope.
Today I have been unspeakably blessed with a precious community of friends. We share a bond that cannot be severed. Our community is a reflection of God’s ideal for relationship: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 1 Cor 12:25-26
I’m grateful for all my bloggy mama friends who get me, get this. There are days when everything is hard. Every. Single. Thing. But I can literally sense you around me cheering me on, commiserating with me, or offering some ingenious solution. I know I can spill it all on a web page and find you all there. “A good friend is cheaper than therapy,” as they say. You make the highs higher and the lows not so low.
And get this. Carrie, Jess, Tahni, Maddy, JoyMama, Laura, Mama Mara, Pixie, Andrea, Jenn, Michelle, Dannette, TiredMama, Lisa, GoodFountain, Ecki, Navywife, Judith, and so many more… Each one of you have helped me love and treasure my little girls better.
I’m grateful to my Bible study sisters who bring new meaning to the phrase, “I Got Your Back.” From bringing meals when the kids are sick to taking notes for me for my next school meeting, they love in action. We laugh together, we seek God together, we pray for our husbands and children together.
Tahni sent me a notecard wheel to keep a record of verses and thoughts as they apply to Rhema and our family. I felt led to use the notecard wheel as a prayer journal. I spend a day praying for each individual child (I cycle through the list – Day 1 is Josiah, Day 2 is Grayson, etc.)
Simply put, your children have touched my life (through you). And it is my joy and honor to pray for each one. (I love that my prayer list is growing.)
(I struggled with posting this picture of my prayer list because there’s a Bible verse about praying in private (Matt.6:5-6). I do not do this for show. ) Pardon the mush, but I wanted you to know what you mean to me, what your families mean to me. It may not seem like much, but the most powerful gift I know to give is to pray.
So excited to meet some of you in person this weekend!