Wednesday, May 29, 2013

There's been a lot on my mind lately. To be quite honest I'm really struggling right now.   Goodbyes and change are the two things I struggle most with and at the present time it seems like that's all I see.

I don't know what's next for us, but what  I do know is that I'm unemployed, with piling expenses,  and faith that is slowly diminishing as  fear takes over.  

I know that God has a plan for us!  We wouldn't of made it this far if he didn't.  So as I pray my  way through the next few days I'm just going to remind myself of all the provisions he has already made for us.
One of my staff handed this to me on the way out yesterday. They were taking bets on when I would cry so I held back the tears, But once I got home there was no holding back.  I thought it would share this to all my amazing special-needs parents out there!

"A Pair of Shoes"
author unknown

"I am wearing a pair of shoes.

They are ugly shoes.
Uncomfortable shoes.
I hate my shoes.

Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.

Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.

Yet, I continue to wear them.

I get funny looks wearing these shoes. They are looks of sympathy.

I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs.

They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.

But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.

I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.

Some women are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them.

Some have learned how to walk in them so they don’t hurt quite as much.

Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think
about how much they hurt.

No woman deserves to wear these shoes.

Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.

These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.

They have made me who I am.

I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has  a special needs child."

No matter how ugly or painful these shoes may be, I wear them proudly and I must say those shoes are one of my most prized possessions.  ;)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Students are gone,  the classroom is packed, paperwork is turned in, and Ms. C is hating goodbyes right now!  :(. 

"Every story has an end but in life every end is just a new beginning..."

Monday, May 27, 2013

On long and exhausting days, David's kisses are 
what motivate me to hold my head up and keep pushing forward!  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Shaving David can be challenging because I'm always scared of cutting him.   I promised him that if he didn't move mommy would give him a piece of chocolate. Then out of nowhere, for the first time ever,  when I was done shaving David said "chocolate".  It made me smile after a long hard day. 

We all have to learn not to sweat the small things because it truly is the small things in life we should  live for.  ;) 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tomorrow it the big day... Graduation! I wrote the speech for my student who is graduating, but it applies to all of the families and special students who will be graduating tomorrow.

"Words cannot express how proud of you I am. You are a determined and courageous young woman. You have defied adversity.  You have looked life’s challenges right in the face and continued moving forward, and the opportunity to be even a small part of your journey is an  experience I will never forget. I know I was here to change your life, but the truth is you changed mine. If I succeeded in teaching you half of what you have taught me, I feel accomplished.

You have taught me to sing, dance, clean, and above all you have assured me that I have chosen the right path for myself. When I think of hero’s I don’t think of Superman or Wonder Woman. I think of my students, my son, and the amazing families that have helped push you all to this point.
My one wish for you is that you continue to share that beautiful smile of yours with the world, because that smile has not only brightened my life but has brightened the lives of many people you have encountered.

As an educator, member of the community, mother of a special needs child, and as friend I salute you! I salute you and your amazing families who have embarked on this long and sometimes challenging journey with you.

May you continue to be blessed in all that you do for you all are the wind beneath my wings!"

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

After prayer & careful consideration I have decided that I'm going to start looking into opening my own school for special needs children. I still don't know the details or what this will entail,  but I really believe  that is what I'm called to do.

I've spent the last year watching amazing families struggle to find their way in a system that seems to work against them. I believe that our children deserve the same education  "typical" children are awarded.   It would be an honor to have the opportunity to be part of bringing about necessary change to our educational system. 

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated and embraced! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Results are in and David and I did not make it to the semi-finals.  There were families that had over 20,000 votes.  However, as I have said before vehicle or no vehicle we still feel like winners!  Being able to pull over 2,400 votes in just 17 days took a lot of dedication and effort from you all and David and I are grateful for the support.  More than you know =)  THANK YOU… THANK YOU… THANK YOU!

Three spectacular families will be blessed with a new and accessible vehicle which puts a smile on my face.   As far as David and I, I know that God will provide in other ways as he always has.  I am still faithful that the best is yet to come and I am looking forward to all of the many adventures that lie ahead.   God bless you all and happy Friday.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen".
Hebrews 11: 1 (NKJV)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

God had definitely used David to teach me to fly!

Voting has officially ended.  Whether we win the accessible vehicle or not one thing I can say is we still feel like winners.  We've been blessed with an amazing support system that we are extremely grateful for!   

God has always intervened when the limitations in our lives have held us back. I have no doubt that he will continue to do so throughout David & my journey.  

There were over 1000 deserving families who needed this vehicle, so I will be happy with whoever wins, knowing that a special family will be granted the gift of mobility.  Something many of us take for granted every day when we get up and use our legs.

I know in my heart that if we don't win this competition it is only because God will provide in other ways.   From here on out I'm excited to see this competition unravel.  Good luck to all ;)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Last Day for Voting

Wow in just 17 days we have managed to exceed over 2,200 votes and Hopefully secure a spot in the semifinals. I want to make sure that everyone knows how truly grateful David and I are for all of the love and support. 

Last Mother’s Day David and I were blessed with a new and improved accessible home, eliminate many of my burdens and the barriers preventing David from the independence he has longed for.  I do not find it ironic that this Mother’s Day we have a chance to potentially eliminate the last barrier in our way, which is mobility.  

Voting closes today May 10, 2013 at midnight. I am kindly asking that everyone vote, share, and ask all of their friends and family to vote and share our link for just one more day.

David and everyone on his Team rock!!!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO SECURE A SPOT IN THE SEMI FINALS (top 5%).  We are currently at 1,744 Votes, which is amazing considering how late we started. 

We still need ANYONE and EVERYONE to continue voting daily and if at all possible post our link to your page daily for the next 4 days, and please ask you friends and families to vote and post the link on their pages as well. I BELIEVE we can do this!  Go Team David!!!  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

All things are possible through Christ

David and I have been nominated to win a wheelchair accessible vehicle.  If we can make it into the top 5% of votes in the next 5 days our story will go to a panel of judges who will select a family to receive a full equipped and accessible vehicle.  

We started the competition 51 days into a 68 day voting period which gave us much less time to acquire the votes we need than our competition, but I BELIEVE!!!!!  This would be life changing for us and would eliminate a huge challenge for us.  This would mean that lifting David (who is 95lbs)  would no longer be necessary for us to travel or go places.  This has been a burden that has physically taken a toll on my body over the last few years. 

We need ANYONE and EVERYONE to continue voting daily and if at all possible share our link on Facebook, through email, and with friends and family,  daily for the next five days, and please ask you friends and families to vote and post the link on their pages as well. It would mean the world to us.
Be Blessed. Go TEAM David!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Yay we exceeded 1,000. Although we started this contest a month late, thanks to everyone’s faithfulness we have managed to catch up. Just remember as our votes increase daily so do many of the other contestants so please bear with us for 8 more days. Please continue to vote and share with friends and family. ;) We have just a few days left (till April 10th) to make it in the top 5%.

Have a blessed day!