Another Milestone

by GettingFreedom on September 4, 2013

I sit here today mind blown over just how fast time flies.

It seems that this happens every time one of my children have a birthday.

But really?  Thirteen years old?!  Already?

Say it ain’t so!

I had great plans of writing a captivating post.  But the reality is, I’m speechless.

The first photo from this scrapbook page was the only glimpse I had of Nicholas for many, many hours while everyone else was already able to see him.


Nicholas came into my life at a point where I wasn’t sure who I was and I wasn’t aware that God had a plan for me.  I look back on those first few years with a lot of anxiety, but at the same time I realize that those years helped to shape me into who I am today.

While I had to grow up crazy fast, I’m thankful for that, because its brought me here.  Right where I am.

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, this year we decided to put Nicholas back into public school.  While I was very nervous about this transition, so far its going pretty well.  He is at or above where he needs to be in all subjects (shew!  I was nervous that I’d failed at my teaching job.)

Socially he seems to be doing okay.  This is always a very hard area for him and he’s dealt a lot with bullying in previous years (even from the kids you would least expect it).  Unfortunately this has left his self esteem down in the dumps and his moods everywhere but up.

I look forward to the years ahead, although they scare the bejezzus out of me, to see what God has in store for my little fighter.

Nick in the hospital after his shunt surgery.

The boy whose been through it all.

The boy who captured my heart when I was only 18, and he was only 4 pounds 12 ounces.

The first boy to ever call me mom.

The boy who looks to me to show him the love of the Jesus and teach him that God has a plan for him.  Even when the days seem dark.

The boy who will forever be my baby.


Pray for us.  I’m not ready for this!



My Son Is Not Like Yours–So What?

by GettingFreedom on June 21, 2012

No one is alike.  We all know this right?

I’m tall. Some may say I’m too tall for a girl.

My hair is brown, and very thin. And I’m cool with that. Most days.

I could stand to lose a little bit of weight.  But chocolate keeps calling my name.

I’m a Conservative Christian.  No one is changing that. :)

But the one thing that you an I have in common is this—We have feelings.  We’re all people, that are here for one purpose.

To spread the love of Jesus.

So every time you tell me I’m too tall, or my hair is too thin, or I’m too fat–you’re not showing me that Jesus loves me.

You’re telling me that you’re better than me.  Somehow.

While I can handle your words–my children cannot.

When your children hear you talk about other people in a not so nice way, they think it’s okay for them to say those same things {and sometimes even worse things!} to their peers.

You know what?  I’ve had enough!

Our oldest hasn’t always had the easiest life.  He came into my life rather unexpectedly, and his days since then have been nothing short of a miracle.

He has a purpose here. Just as you and I both do. None more important than the other.

Two of the things in wants most in this life are this::

To be good at sports.


To be cool.

Two things his peers continuously tell him he’s no good at.

I can tell him all I want–but your children’s words cut deep.

He may not be a victim of physical bullying, but he experiences emotional bullying almost every single day.  You know what, sometimes I think the emotional bullying is worse.  Those words replay over and over in his mind.

In addition to being told he isn’t good enough, he’s made fun of for his appearance. I know I’m partial, but I think he’s mighty handsome!

Why?  Because he doesn’t look like you. And I don’t want him to!

You know that tube that runs down the side of his neck?  It saved his life.

His head, while it may be bigger than yours, was a result of physical abuse.  He almost died–but God saved him.  And in return, he’s one of the smartest kids you will ever meet–if you only talked to him. 

Do me a favor, will ya?

Watch your words.  Little ears are listening to you talk amongst your friends, and they use you as a guide for what they can say to theirs.

Let’s build each other up, not tear each other down.


Do you know someone who is a victim of bullying?  

Here are some resources::

8 Skills to Stop Bullying

7 Bullying Resources for Parents


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