I love the look of absolute peace on Elise's face. I wish she could always feel such peace.
I know it is not possible nor required for everyone to understand what we go through with Elise but having others understand just a little helps.
My sister watched Elise and one night texted me saying how Elise had a rough night and how difficult it was to listen to her cry and be inconsolable. She then said how it makes her want to cry for her.
After I got this text I knew exactly how my sister felt. Ez and I find parenting Elise difficult. Both of us want to fulfill our parenting roles with her but at times it isn't easy. Ez wants to fix any of Elise's struggles and disabilities. Being a mom I want to nurture and make everything "better." With any other kid who cries, when you hold them you can console them and make it all right. Elise doesn't get that same comfort. I want to and try to hold her but she is fighting something inside that sometimes I can't make better. So yes I knew what my sister was saying.
She said, "She's the most endearing child I've ever been around. :) I really am grateful for this opportunity to get to know her, to have her light up our lives, and to love her. That's something you can't get from just a visit."
What she said means so much to me! So many others love her as well and say things similar to this and I can't help but not be grateful that she's mine. We are blessed and grateful to have such a supportive and loving extended family on both sides!
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!