Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So, how is life with Him???

Recently we have been ask this question many times, the "him" in which they are referring to is our son Jonathan. The first few times I/we were ask this question it kind of took me off guard. I felt a million thoughts run through my head, in only a matter of seconds. Then I'm pretty sure I stood their facing the individual(s) with a glazed over look...because truly at that moment my mind was on my million thoughts! Each time this has been ask, there is always one thought that pops into my head first. My mind wants me to answer them back in question form by saying "Why do you ask such a question about Jonathan and not of my other 10 children"? This question really strikes a nerve that goes deep into this Mama's heart! Maybe it isn't so much the question as it is the tone in which the question is ask. Normally I look to Arthur to speak, in which he does and his answers always comes out nice and sincere...words given from the Lord. Later Arthur reassures me once again that the individual(s) meant no harm, they are curious to know what it's like to have a child with Down Syndrome. To which I say "well, than they should ask the question in that manner" this,

What is life like having a child with down syndrome???
I would then easily give them an answer, and this is what it would be......

Raising a child with down Syndrome can be trying, frustrating, exhausting, fun, joyous, rewarding, eventful, and requires a lot of prayer!!!!

Wow, I believe that sums up being a parent to any child :)


When I see Jonathan I don't see Down Syndrome, I see my son...just as I do with my other 5 sons. And as the Bible says

Then God said "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness Genesis 1:26

Weren't we all created by the Lord? This would mean we are all made according to His design, yet after the fall some people were born with physical ailments
others of us suffer from something far worse...SELF & FLESH! But one day as the Bible says....

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians 3:20-21

Praise be to our Lord in heaven we will be given a PERFECT body!!!!!


Kelly said...

Beautifully written friend. I hope you are having a blessed day.

Beth said...

Great post! And I agree that life with ANY child can be trying, fun, rewarding, exhausting and requires LOTS of prayer and support!

Humble wife said...

Wonderful post. I am not sure I have ever commented-for that I am sorry, as I have been an anonymous follower for a while.

Thank you for making it clear-every child brings a parent through the range of emotions that make us the parents we are. Each child is part of the weave that makes up the fabric of a family and without one,the family would be far different.

Thanks for sharing your lovely family, as I always am lifted when I visit!


The Pauls' Family said...

Well said! It's sad how people don't think before they ask questions....or more importantly, how they should word a question. We are so glad God gave Jonathan to your family so that we could have the blessing of getting to know him too! We love that guy :)

Cinnamon said...

You make me laugh with you temper :-)

I think all us Mama's feel that way for our children.I like how you explained your viewpoint here.

Jonathan is a sweetie and you can tell he is soooo loved!

p.s. tell Amanda that her letter is on the way~

Anonymous said...

It is an odd question. Even if people are curious, it's doesn't mean they have a right to know. I'm often amazed at some of the personal questions I get asked. Our society has become a bit too over-familiar. We need to think more highly of others than ourselves and not ask questions we wouldn't asked of us.
Jonathan, just like all the rest of your children, looks like a sweet child and a great blessing to your family.