What’s Up Wednesday!

Howdy! Have you started your Thanksgiving break yet? We did today. The boys decided to work hard Monday and get all their work done and then a Christmas play on Tuesday and that was it. It was a cute play called, “Where’s Rudolph?” The producer actually wrote the play and was very proud of it. The cast were all kids and they were from kindergarten age to eighth grade. It was an anti bullying theme. They did a great job and we all really enjoyed it.

Today we are getting the house cleaned up and some baking done for tomorrow and then hopefully some time to just relax. Tomorrow we will go to my grandmother’s for a big Thanksgiving dinner. We usually go to my Aunt’s house after, but it will be strange this year because she passed away in August and we won’t be having that dinner tomorrow night. Although it will give us more time to relax at home…it will be a bit sad and odd not to go there.

I always look forward to the weekend after Thanksgiving. That’s when we get our Christmas tree and start our Advent story. I guess I will tell you more about how all that goes next Wednesday. I hope and pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Talk to you later! Mandy

Motivation Monday

Good Morning! Monday has come yet again.

So, yesterday we went to see a play at a local theater. My sister in-law and brother in-law were both in it…so we wanted to make sure we went to see them in their first play. They are 10 and 12…I think. I’m so bad with birthdays . Anyway, it was a special needs production of “Honked Jr.” A very cute version of “The Ugly Duckling.” Just to give you a little background on me, I am not a crier (is that how you spell that?) I don’t like to cry and I don’t cry easily. Ok, now that I told you that, on with the story.

The lights blinked and it was time for the play to start. The producer came out and explained how things work in a special needs play. Each actor had an attendant to help them and the attendant would be dressed in black. They attendants would be there to help with lines if they forgot them or to help them remember where to go. They also had subtitles to help you follow the story because some of them had trouble speaking.

Well, the first big song started and everyone singing together, some could speak clearly, some a little mumbled and a few of them it was more of a grunt. I lost it! I started tearing up and then down the cheek they went. It touched my heart so deeply to see these people on the stage giving it their all, not being afraid of what people will think or say. They were so brave. They were amazing! I get nervous just to talk to a person one on one sometimes and I don’t have issues with my voice or a physical issue that make some people uncomfortable. They were inspiring! I have always thought that God chooses parents of special needs kids as a blessing to them and that they are very special parents to have been chosen to care for a child with a special need. I admire them and their child.

I have never been so touched by something as simple as a silly play just did. Well, not the play, but the wonderful people in the play. They sang their hearts out and put everything into their character. I wish I had better words to express how they made me feel. Our boys loved it too. I wasn’t sure how they would react. They have been around some kids with special needs, but you still never know how they will take it I can’t wait to take them to the next one. I believe going to these plays will help our boys learn to look on the inside and passed whatever is on the outside. I know this wasn’t exactly a motivational post, I just had to share it with you all. Watching The play was so inspiring and touching to to me. If they can get up there and do what they did on stage, why am I holding back on things? Why am I letting fear stop me? I need to move on, not worry about what others think, say or do. I need to do what I feel is best for our family and so do you!

I hope you all have a great day and that this week goes well. Thank you for following us and our journey. It really means a lot to me. If you are able to I would love to hear what your fears are…what is holding you back? Let us come together to support and pray to help each other overcome these fears. Talk to you later, Mandy