Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
WELCOME TO HOLLAND
by Emily Perl Kingsley
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this...
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-pace
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned".
I wanted to add this story to my blog on Ashley, especially on this day of thanks. I haven't written much lately on how grateful I am for all the good things in our life. Ashley's problems have blessed our family so very much! We have grown in ways that would not have been possible without the trials that we have dealt with over the years. I read this story a couple of months back in a journal entry, written by a wonderful lady in my ward, whose newborn baby was suffering from multiple health problems. It really made me think. Life with a chronically ill child is never easy, but there are so many blessings that come with such a trial. I want everyone to know, I am so grateful Ashley has been blessed to be part of our family. Our trip to "Holland" has been a good one.