Today my son demonstrated way more flexibility than I did. Last week we were sick for e-hub (our homeschool classes) and we were so excited to go this week. We were driving INTO the parking lot and I got a call that the teacher was going to be unable to come. Andrew was mad and sad but he remained in control! (I know some of you get how GIGANTIC this is...)
We decided to go in and walk around. The coordinator suggested we check out the cross-fit class. We were peeking in and the instructor invited us in even though Andrew didn't have tennis shoes. He said Andrew could go barefoot. They were crawling back and forth when we were peeking in and I thought that would burn off some energy. Of course the second we got in there, they changed course and decided to TALK about nutrition. Andrew can't hear in there. I am so thankful that the teacher did invite us but I kind of half laughed and half cried at the irony of it. I am hoping to write him an email this week because I think he could be a good instructor for us as a family. Maybe I can even get some other special kids together for a class!
While we were there friends did want to chit chat and I wanted to also. We were waiting for friends that Andrew desperately wanted to have lunch with so I didn't want to leave. But I can't just sit and chit chat unless I bring Andrew's DSi. I wish I could. That would be mostly why I felt sorry for myself and I think it is a hot button topic for me. For years I have gone to the park and watched moms on the sidelines talking while I am playing with Andrew. It is an issue I am working through. I know God is good...all the time. I am feeling this truth more and more. So I went out to the parking lot and called a friend who I knew would 'get it.' That was all she needed to say..."I feel your pain." Whisper #1
Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3
I also called a friend on the way home. She pointed me to all the progress I have seen in Andrew including his ability to control his anger just today. Last year I wrote a 'preview' of what I wanted to see in two years. Our RDI consultant recently sent that back to me. The preview was about e-hub. That is how important it is to me. It includes Andrew being able to sit in class with a teen helper so that I can relax with friends. This goes back to the 'hot button' park topic. Basically anywhere we go I either have to focus on Andrew or give him his DSi. But while my friend never glosses over the bad stuff and doesn't try to fix it (because she lives it too and knows that she can't), she does encourage me by pointing out the good that even I have seen but am sometimes blinded from. We are not there yet but we are dramatically closer than we were a year ago. Thank you friend. Whisper #2.
I am greatly encouraged; in all our trouble my joy knows no bounds. 2 Corinthians 7:4b
Being sick really brings you down. And the devil likes to get you when you are down so this week has been a struggle. When I called another friend about lack of hope...will things ever change...she pointed me to Paul. Do you think anyone ever thought he'd end up where he did? Not even the disciples thought he would. Whisper #3.
By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit had been refreshed by all of you. 2 Corinthians 7:13
Thank you friends...for being Jesus with skin on for me this week. For encouraging me and refreshing my spirit.