November 20, 2014

I can do all things: How being a special needs mom can be a blessing.

For the longest time, I could not understand people who would call a significant struggle in their lives a blessing.  I tended to take it either as blind faith rather than mature faith, or just masking a hardship and putting on a brave face.   Brandon has helped me to understand this.  I think about how many more moments of joy and pride I get than the average parent.  Those accomplishments that are small or not even noticed by other parents, give me immense happiness.  I may struggle more than the average parent sometimes, but honestly in many cases, not by that much.  Let me tell you though, I have the opportunity to appreciate the small things.  I get splurges of excitement over Brandon looking me in the eye for an entire activity, putting his shoes on when I say, “Brandon, shoes!,” waiting patiently in line for something, drinking from a regular cup, playing with another child, or getting a kiss when I didn’t even ask for it.  Watching him hold another child’s hand is like Christmas morning for me.  Every. Single. Time.

People always give me encouraging one-liners.  I love it.  I love talking about Brandon.  I love talking about autism.  I love the encouragement as well as understanding of how difficult it can be.  It makes me feel strong.  One I hear a lot is, “God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle.”  I reflect on this often because I’ve recently come to the realization that this is not at all true.  He gives us things we can’t handle all the time.  It is through Him that I find my strength to handle this unexpected and welcomed part of my life.  Regardless of what you believe, I can tell you that it is a fact that the more I trust in Him, the stronger I am, and the happier I am.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13


  1. Angela Ritter HarrisonJanuary 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Oh precious Rachael. This brings a lump to my throat and a song to my heart. You are such an inspiration.
    (November 22, 2014 at 3:00pm)

    1. You are so sweet. Thank you!
      (November 23, 2014 at 4:57pm)

  2. Pamela Burch Whitehead GreenJanuary 12, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    This is amazing!
    (November 22, 2014 at 3:12pm)


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