Growing Up Special

Thoughts, ramblings, and encouragement from a special need sibling to the world

Blessed July 1, 2011

A couple months ago, I posted this poem and mentioned that it was similar to one we had framed in our house and signed by Alyssa. Well, when I was home for Alyssa’s graduation, that poem held a place of honor among her awards and accomplishments. So here it is in the original. 🙂

Blessed are you who take the time to listen to difficult speech, for you help me to know that if I persevere, I can be understood.

Blessed are you who never bid me to “hurry up” or take my tasks from me and do them for me, for I often need time rather than help.

Blessed are you who stand beside me as I enter new and untried ventures, for my failures will be outweighed by the times I surprise myself and you.

Blessed are you who asked for my help, for my greatest need is to be needed.

Blessed are you who understand that it is difficult for me to put my thoughts into words.

Blessed are you who with a smile, encourage me to try once more.

Blessed are you who never remind me that today I asked the same question twice.

Blessed are you who respect me and love me just as I am.


Peter Pan June 20, 2011

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To LIVE would be an awfully big adventure.

Alyssa lives like that.  Every single moment of every single day is filled with pure magic.  For Alyssa, LIFE itself is an awfully big adventure.  And she inspires me to look at just living as an ‘awfully big adventure.’


The Victory of Love June 10, 2011

You may have noticed some recent posts quoting from Hannah Hurnard’s book, Mountain of Spices. It’s probably clear by now that I like what she has to say, have learned a lot, and see how her words of wisdom can apply specifically to those of us with special need siblings.

This is another quote that seemed especially fitting.

“As you meet again with the evil and cruel things… remember the lesson which you have learned… and ‘count it all joy,’ for it all constitutes a glorious opportunity whereby you may learn to overcome evil with good and to share in the victory of love.”

It made me think about how Alyssa constantly demonstrates the victory of love. She never holds grudges. Never calls to mind the wrongs you’ve done. Is never too busy to give a hug or a compliment.

We could all stand to take lessons from the special people around us on “the victory of love.”


Privileged May 27, 2011

In case you ever doubted, wondered, or just never thought of it…

Here is a reminder that YOU, a sibling of a special needs child or adult, are privileged in ways that no one else ever can be. Don’t ever forget it.

You, in all your suffering and sorrow, are the most privileged of all beings, for you are to be perfected through suffering… if only you realized your destiny, how you would rejoice at every experience of trial and tribulation, and even in the persecution which comes your way… ‘for when you are weak,’ then you learn how to be made strong.”

~Mountain of Spices, Hannah Hurnard