Yes, one of my great joys is to listen to my kids play. I love to listen to them all running about and making up this huge scenes from their imaginations. The laughing and the giggling mesmorize me! I catch myself just sitting so still and listening. I don't want them to know that I am listening to every little word. Yet as their mother it thrills my soul.
Today's "players" in the big production running through my house were Julianne, Cody, Zeeky, Destiny, Jacob, Dayton, Andrew, and Crystal. There was so much going on that my mind couldn't keep up! Eight children, all playing happily without even ONE argument! You must know that it thrills a mother's heart to have so many playing at the same time and not one argument.
Zeeky, Destiny, and Jacob all have Autism diagnoses, along with other "labels". They are all children who we were told when they came would never pretend play. That makes me laugh! All three were supposed to have "mental retardation". That just plain out makes me mad! Destiny is one of the brightest people in the world! Zeeky and Jacob learn differently, but they surely do learn! I love it when my kids break all the "rules" that were set for them and exceed all expectations!
Andrew and Crystal both have Reactive Attachment Disorder. They sometimes have some very rough spells. They've both been home for years. They've both had good spells and then gone backward. Its the nature of RAD. Yet for several weeks Andrew has done the best that he ever has!!! Crystal just finished a very rough spell and is back to the sweet daughter that I get to enjoy. Both gave genuine hugs today. Both laughed and played and ran about as if there wasn't even RAD there. They'll be more rough times for sure, but today they were pretend playing and goofing off with their siblings. :)
Then there is Julianne. She of course didn't say a whole lot during the course of playing. She ran right with the bunch of them though! They included her and Dayton protectively made sure that she didn't get run over. They gave her a part and made believe she filled the role even when maybe she was just a little too ornery to do it.
Let's not forget Dayton in it all of course. He is so serious in so many ways, but he was so thrilled that he could keep the younger 4 playing along. He went ahead and acted silly and pulled the little ones into the game. He came every few minutes to report some great accomplishment of the younger kids. He was so thrilled that they were playing along and that Jacob and Zeeky were following directions. He doted on Julianne and Cody and made them feel important and he had a lot of fun in the process. If Dayton didn't love his siblings so incredibly much, then he wouldn't have played because he is so "grown up". Yet Dayton had a blast too! He had a blast because of being with the brothers and sisters that he loves so much!
Then there is Cody! Cody is the most recent addition and the youngest (by a little less than 4 months!). Cody has CP. I can remember talking to him on Skype before he moved in. He was asking if someone would help him run the bases when he got home, because he "couldn't run". lol He sure can run now!!! He was all over the place and didn't fall one time - well except for when he was spinning in circles!! He kept right up with all the other kids and never missed a beat!
Now, do you see why my life is so wonderful!! I got to listen to all of that while reorganizing my school closet! All of those things that never were suppose to happen! Not one fight or argument! Just lots of giggling and running about, interrupted occassionally by a very proud older brother reporting to me the things that were thrilling him too. He had no idea that I was fillled with the same thrill while I listened to him playing with them.
Wow, how I can't wait to hear my next 5 blessings running about and doing things that they aren't expected to do!! God is amazing!!!! Being the mom of a large crew in which so many are considered "special needs" means that every single day I get to watch God's miracles unfold right here in my home!
- Redeeming Hidden Treasures
- I have adopted 4 children from a specific orphanage in Eastern Europe and I want to see more children redeemed from that orphanage and brought into families. I want to make sure that the children who are still left behind in that place are never forgotten.