"It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that."
After weeks of anticipation and preparation, I put my twenty-two year old special needs daughter on a plane for the Latin American Special Olympics in Puerto Rico. She is part of the Virginia delegation and will be gone for 10 days. This is a huge step for Catie, but a good one. She continues to rise to the challenges and opportunities God gives her and truly amazes me. Her courage is an inspiration to our entire family. As I waved a thousand times to her as she entered the gate, the tears flowed. They were happy tears, though ... tears of thanksgiving that she has come this far. I would never have imagined eighteen years ago, when her intellectual disabilities were becoming apparent, that we would ever be in this place. Catie is a determined young lady and clearly has a mission that God has given her. It's my job not to let my fears stand in her way.
The season of Lent has begun at out house by virtue of the calendar! For the first time in years, I have not fully prepaped for all our family devotions and traditions. I have been sidetracked with Catie's trip. Rather than go into a panic and rake myself over the coals, we are going at this slowly. I've even given my older kids some of the preparation duties. By the weekend we should have it all together.
My wish is for all of you to have a Blessed and Holy Lent ... whatever that might be for you and your family! God bless you!