“Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”  Matthew 6:28-29

I went for a walk the other day, just soaking in God’s creation unfurling after a long winter, when I happened upon the flower you see above.

At first, I was sad for it.  There was a beautiful garden about five feet away from this flower, where its friends were growing.  And here was this flower, all by itself, growing between a crack in the sidewalk and the rock wall.

But then, my perspective changed and I was suddenly proud of this lone flower.  It did exactly what it was created to do: spread its roots and grow and bloom and share its color and beauty with the world, despite its unusual circumstances.  It could have withered up and died, but it was blooming.

And as I marvelled at God’s creation a new thought struck me:  My children are not in the garden I expected them to grow in.  I expected them to thrive at play dates and in school, and instead they struggle in those environments.  I expected them to grow among their peers, and instead I watched them fall further and further behind, finally mastering every milestone months or years behind their peers.

No, my children are like that lone flower, growing right where they are planted.  But I am learning to embrace the unique way they are blooming: their own rate of development, their personalities, their abilities, their passions, and yes, even their quirks.  And when I focus on them that way, I see that they are indeed blooming, showing off their unique colors to this world desperate for a little color and joy in it.

And that makes me one proud and blessed mama.  🙂

 

Child blooming--special needs parenting, gifted child parenting

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Here’s to embracing our children and watch them bloom in their own unique way,

Jenn

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