Children are a gift from the Lord.

March 1st, 2012


Children who need to wear glasses…


Children whose eyes are almond-shaped…


Children who have to work harder than most to develop their oral muscle tone…

“Oh,” says Verity.  And mom beams with pride.


Children who don’t learn to walk for a long time…


Children who have very strong wills…

[Toddlerhood hit Verity exactly when it hit the rest of our children–no delay there!  In one day, from “I love nothing more than to obey you, Mama,” to “What if I don’t?”  Hehe]


Children who would look perfect in the eyes of the world…if only they didn’t


Children who need lots of motivation to get them to work at doing what comes naturally to most other children…


Children with disabilities that show on their faces…


“Verity, how big are you?”


Children who learn sign language because they have speech delays…

“Love,” says Verity with her hands.  “Wuv-oo,” says Verity with her mouth.


Children who need you to decorate your living space with therapy items…


Children who need more protection and support than most…


Children who need someone to engage their attention to keep them from spacing out…


Children who are miserable when sick…


…and don’t cooperate with photo shoots…


Children whose greatest strengths are not highly valued by their society…


Children who work way harder than other children, yet will always be seen by most people as lacking.


Children who are working hard to stand alone at twenty months of age…


Children who make you forget what your other kids could do at that age…because you are celebrating every milestone so hard…


Children whose tongues show more than other children’s tongues…


Children with short stubby fingers, funny little ears, and telltale grins…

When we look at pictures of our older girls at this age, their noses, ears, hands and feet look so gigantic!


Children with special needs are a reward from the hand of God.

Children with cognitive challenges and developmental delays are a reward from the hand of God.

Reward means desirable.

We’re not taking this on faith.

We’ve got insider status now.

We live it every day.

And we feel sorry for people who don’t have at least one in their lives.


Little Verity, irresistible in your yummyness…

…you, O child, are twenty-months’ worth of desirable gift from a God who knows how to give the best gifts.

Please excuse me now, so I can go get my squishy-sweet morsel up from her nap and enjoy some extra-chromosome hug therapy.  



 “Everybody’s slow about some things.  Most of us are very slow to learn some pretty important things.”  ~Joseph



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61 Responses to “Children are a gift from the Lord.”

  1. Susanna says:

    Susan in KY, are you okay after the tornadoes went through??

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Verity is just so cute!  The pictures of her make me smile.

  3. Holly F. says:

    Melanie, if I may:

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  4. Susan says:

    Thanks, Susanna –

    I live in central Ky and am fine, but many of my fellow Kentuckians were extremely hard-hit: West Liberty and East Bernstadt, both small mountain communities, were just devastated. The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations, which are very welcome, along with prayers for the many individuals and families affected here as well as in many other states nearby. It will take months, if not years, to rebuild, and emotional recovery will take even longer for many…

      Thanks again for caring…I do appreciate it.

    Susan in Ky


  5. Susan says:

    ,,,And thanks to Holly, too, for your concern! We feel very fortunate to have escaped the tornadoes here, when so many so nearby have suffered such losses. My city is extending lots of help to West Liberty, Ky, however, from a special Red Cross fund to the “loan” of firefighters experienced in search and rescue in collapsed buildings to churches and charities sending emergency supplies to not only West Liberty but the many other communities affected by the storms.

    YouTube has a number of remarkable amateur videos filmed in the area during and after the tornadoes, for those who would like to see what others are facing…again, prayers and other assistance are very much needed and welcome.

    Thanks again,
    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE    

  6. Sally says:

    Hi there, just wanted to say how thankful I am that you’re blogging your walk as a mother loving her husband, kids and the Lord. Through your challenging words (oh man!) and beautiful pictures, you have forever transformed my heart! Love in Christ, Sally and family.

  7. Heather says:

    Oh my, she is sooo cute!!!  Love her little grin too!  

  8. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Loved this post!  Thank you for ….well, everything!  :)

  9. jenni says:

    Oh! So, so precious! Absolutely delicious; that photo of the two of them “not-cooperating” in the photo shoot made me laugh so hard. I just love seeing those unique, God-gifted personalities shining out! Thank you for sharing your daily beauties with us.

  10. Regina says:

    Bailey doesn’t have DS, but gosh this post could have been written for her.

  11. Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing such a sweet, captivating string of pics and commentary!  I do not have any children but happened upon this post while researching specials needs kids because I will soon be visiting an acquaintance who is blessed with one.  I am glad you are reveling in Verity’s beauty.  She is adorable!!!

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