Thursday, June 10, 2010

Simply blessed....

Several week ago the boys were all outside playing enjoying the spring sunshine and warm temperatures. I went out to the backyard to see what everyone was doing. The bigger boys were playing on the tree swing and the 2 W's were playing in the sandbox. I didn't see Jonathan, so I began to scan the backyard for him. Then I saw him over in the neighbors yard, playing by himself.

Jonathan was sitting in the tall grass, very content with the evening sun shining down on his back.

I stood watching in wonder of what he was doing, and what he was thinking. With a yard filled with boys only 100 ft away and so much boy noise I couldn't understand how he could sit alone, almost as if he were the only person around for miles. (at this point I went in for my camera)

I observed his facial expressions and his fascination with the grass and the way it moved.

As I got closer I heard him speaking to the grass and smiling, as his hands ran back and forth throughout the grass.

Now I was close enough to see Jonathan was holding a flower or as some would call it a weed.

I waited to see if my presence there would disturb this peaceful moment, it didn't he continued as if I were invisible.

His hand held the flower so gently as he chanted the same words over and over.

How simple how sweet was this time he was having, feeling no need for a ball, bat, swing, or man-made invention. He was savoring nature a wonderful gift from the Creator.

He continued to play like this for a little over an hour, the sun was now beginning to set.

Jonathan then looked up at me with open hands to reveal his treasure. To me it would have looked more like a weed, but not to him. To Jonathan it was like a gem and the sparkle in his eyes told of the delight that was placed in his heart for the simple things. Again I was blessed by looking through Jonathan's eyes, seeing how much of "real life" we miss by being in a hurry.

We are often ask questions about Jonathan. The questions range from, at what level does he function? Or, do you think he will be able to do more one day? When Jonathan was born Arthur and I had high hopes that Jonathan would be on the mild end of Down Syndrome. Our biggest concern was communication knowing that others seem to accept those who communicate well. We wanted Jonathan to speak clearly, thinking that would help others to see past the fact he had Ds. Well, 11 1/2 years later we have very different story than the one we thought we would have. Jonathan is in the moderate range for kids with Ds. He speaks about 50 words and only 25 to 30 would everyone understand, still wears pull ups (but we are making lots of progress), has a feeding tube, uses a CPAP mask, has mild hearing loss, can't write his name, ride a bike, sing, tie his shoes, and the list goes on. Now their are lots of things he can do like sign many words, shower himself, fold laundry,knows his colors, brush his teeth, hum a song, help in the kitchen, color, play/watch his baby sister, swing himself, work puzzles, find joy in the simple things that's just to name a few.

On bad days Jonathan is much like a 3 yr old and on the good he is more in the ball park of 5 or 6 years old. By world standards that may not seem like much, but to us we know of the mountains he has overcome to reach where he is today. Jonathan is also a daily reminder of life being lived in a simple fashion, one not bogged down with the weight of this world. He has been given a gift with eyes and a heart like Christ. These are the things we see in Jonathan and they all come so natural for him....

Fruits of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23

We are ever so thankful for being blessed with Jonathan as our son. Through him Christ has opened our eyes to a world in which we may have never seen.


Karol said...

You are truly blessed. Savor every moment with this dear boy. I desperately miss Down Syndrome and the peace it brought to our home.

Candi said...

Beautiful story...thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

This blessed me... thank you for sharing. He truly does have a gift .... oh, the wonderful things he must see that we miss.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing so deeply about your son. He is such a blessing and you have blessed me with the pictures and story.

God knew the right family to entrust this wonderful child with.


The Pauls' Family said...

How I miss that boy! How I miss all of you :(

Thank you for letting us in on this tender moment. And reminding us how we need to stop rushing around and savor the simple things.

I have fond memories of Jonathan when you visited and how he would take time to notice the things that the other kids running around and playing didn't see.

Thank you for the example of peace and calm in the midst of the storm that you have been to us. We know that there are times with Jonathan that must be really difficult, but you have also pointed out the joy that he is in your lives. You are an inspiration to us.

Love to all of you.


Lyndi said...

My family was so blessed when we met was only for a few hours that we got to spend with him and the rest of your family, but those few hours changed our world. Thank you for those sweet moments, they took away the fear we had and left us with nothing but excitment about Patrick. Meeting Jonathan helped us to know that no matter where Patrick fell on the "spectrum", that we would be able to love him and we would be okay.

Mountain Mama said...

Oh what a blessing - sweet Jonathon!

Beautifully written. Thanks.

missy said...

It was so sweet to read about him. You are so blessed with him and the other sweet children! I love all these new pictures!! Everyone looks so nice. I am going to send you an email about the book sale on Sat. morning.

Chris in FL--Joyful Mother said...

As I read this post tears rolled from my heart kept thinking "what peace, beauty, and what contentment"

Yes, we would look at this grass as weeds, but he was seeing much more than just weeds....he was seeing the beauty of God's love and creation for those things that people would call weeds. Your son was hearing sweet words from the Lord Himself as He sat looking at those beautiful weeds and feeling them in his hands. Some things many of us might never really comprehend. Oh my this post touched my heart in so many ways....thanks for sharing. :)

Amanda said...

A very sweet message indeed. I feel so blessed to know your entire family. I was very happy to see you all the other day. You keep us so updated on your life through your blog that when I saw everyone I had a hard time remembering the last time I had actually seen you because it felt like just yesterday.

The Coopers said...

Just precious! He is exactly what the Lord created... a beautiful, precious, little boy! Isn't God good! "hugs" to yall

Theresa said...

I shared this on my facebook page. Thanks for simple blessings. Thanks for the reminder!

Amanda had a nice birthday. We had our free Cold Stone ice cream and then she spent some of her birthday money.

JennyH said...

Awe! What a sweetie. Yay for swinging himself. I'll be so happy when Max finally does that!

He looked very content sitting in the grass.

Beth said...

What a beautiful post about a very special young man!

Deborah Mc said...

Thanks for a poignant reminder.... of so many things! Beautifully written.

Laura said...

What a sweetheart! You are very blessed, and Jonathan is blessed to have you as his parents!

Mrs. Tara said...

Ok my friend........ I haven't read blogs in a long, long time but now I am crying. If it wasn't close to 10 p.m. I would most likely get in my car and come hug Jonathan! I miss him. I miss you all. One day I am just goning to have to stop by. Love you. Thank you for sharing.

Michelle said...

I loved the story you told ... with your words and the pictures. Beautiful!