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The Boy Loves Proving Me Wrong

Guess who got himself dressed today all the way down to his underwear with nothing but a little up-front verbal prompting from Mom?

He even picked out all his clothes himself.


And to think, just last week I was commiserating about how he’s mastered helping himself to cereal at odd hours of the day when he can’t even put his own underwear on.

All the other kids were at the table eating breakfast, and I went to join them after I saw that he had gotten his nightshirt off and was starting to put his day clothes on.  Next thing I knew he was fully dressed with a big smile on his face, ready to eat.

Think there’s a connection?

The Carb King rides again.

More Conversations With Noah

Okay. So this was a one-way conversation. Noah (6- with Down syndrome) and I were outside in the back of the house where we have an incredible view of the Texas Hill Country. The sun just so happens to sink behind the hills across from us every single night. I got down and looked Noah in the eyes.

“Noah, isn’t that sunset beautiful?”
“Noah, do you know the same God who made that beautiful, perfect sunset made beautiful, perfect you? He designed every square inch of you, and he made you beautiful and perfect.”

So too for all of our children, special, typical, on or off the spectrum, extra chromosomes, deleted chromosomes, speech delayed, cognitively impaired, neurotypical. And so to for all our children’s mommies, tired, overwhelmed, worried, anxious, stressed, patient, impatient, demanding, loved, loving, doubting, believing. Our weaknesses don’t make us any less of God’s own workmanship – beautiful and perfect and all precious in His sight.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

“1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 5 You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” – Psalm 139:1-16