Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Special Siblings for Special Needs Kids

Hello Dear Ones:

If you are a parent of a special needs child then you know firsthand all the responsibilities and rewards that go along with your place in life. Eric and I have not been in the midst of it all on our own. Before we adopted our daughters we were blessed with four sons the homemade way.

I wanted to use this post to express just how SPECIAL they are. They have a very special place in this family unit. I have seen my sons grow in many ways since our daughters have joined our family.

First and foremost they have grown in their faith. Elijah himself told me once that all the struggle with the adoption process and with special needs was just preparation. Because real life and real faith are not easy. Talk about maturity from a 15 year old kid at the time. My sons are young men of faith, with living and real relationships with God.

My sons have grown in love. I have seen these boys love and nurture two sweet little girls inflicted innocently with fetal alcohol syndrome. They don't tolerate or put up with these two little girls. They genuinely love and adore them. They are proud of them. They are affectionate with them. They are encouraging to them. They are helpful to them. They simply are the definition of big brothers at it's finest.

My sons have grown in understanding. Just like Eric and I, they realize that life isn't always black and white. Special needs brings with it a lot of grey areas. My sons have more grace in their lives because of it.

My sons have grown in responsibility. They can medicate, feed, clean, dress, and care for their sisters on a very reliable and trustworthy level. They more then most know what goes into their care and can provide it astoundingly well.

My sons have grown in encouragement. They can see the hard times and because of their great faith, love and understanding they can find compassion and truth when discouragement and doubt comes knocking at the door.

So to Elijah, Noah, Zion and Canaan I say this. You are all very special indeed. Living with special needs isn't easy but you guys all make it heartwarming. I could not be more proud of who you are and I am blessed to be witness to who you are becoming. Jubilee and Mercy have been given amazing gifts with their special brothers.

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