well, i’m interrupting what i had originally scheduled for my tuesday’s child posting this week, because i just had to share a particular resource that just came out.
and it ties in perfectly with this space and one reason i feel led to share regarding special needs.
for in my experience, and in talking with other moms, there are two common reactions that i see quite frequently:
either the mom chooses simply to never “go there” in thinking about the struggles, the disappointments, the challenges, the fears. . . because if she does she simply cannot deal with the implications.
or the mom internalizes everything regarding the special needs child, wondering if she is doing enough, if there is more she could do, if she loves her child enough, why life just doesn’t seem to work right. . . and why God doesn’t love her enough to respond to her cries for help.
moms of “regular” kids might feel either of these ways at any given time, but i think the mom of a kid that’s been “labeled” in some way or other gets an extra dose of the mom-guilt, the unlovability, the feeling of drowning with absolutely no way of escape in sight.
so enter in amy sullivan and a long list of good friends. with a burden to shower love on the unloved.
they’ve written letters to these “unloved” ones, in the form of encouragement, passing hope along to fellow sojourners on these paths that can be oh-so-tricky to navigate at times.
and guess who’s on that list?
yep. moms of kids who wear labels. and i’m not referring to the designer type.
so grab a cup of your favorite hot drink, prepare to be encouraged, and go ahead. open it up. i promise you’ll enjoy the bit of love shared by these ladies.
(and i have to add that another group included is those with adopted children. now you're thinking i really lucked out, aren't you? well, i'm thinking that, too!)
sharing with the community at shanda's