Archive | November, 2012

Loud and Clear

8 Nov

I’ve been having a rough go of it lately.  There’s just a lot going on and I don’t seem to be able to successfully tackle much of it.  For every one step forward, I find myself three steps (at least!) behind.  My (mostly self-induced) to-do list is unbearable and I just want to hibernate.  This weather doesn’t help.  There’s a reason we live in Atlanta, right? 

Thirty minutes ago, I walked outside to take Halloween decorations to the basement for storage until next year.  Just. check. one. thing. off. the. list.  On my way down the steps, I glanced further out into the yard and discovered that the babysitter had allowed my son to leave his shoes outside over the weekend and there they had remained during the past three rainy days.  Where were they?  Next to the uncovered sandbox, which was now filled with four inches of mucky rainwater, leaves, and pine straw.  I gruffly walked over to clean up the mess, fully prepared to do so and then promptly stomp back inside to write about how life really had thrown lemons at me.  This was evidence.  Rotten lemons, at that!

Except, about 25 or so buckets of cold, stale, rainwater later, I found myself in a completely different place.  This mundane, uncomfortable, and presumably time-wasting task had revealed something to me that was becoming more clear with each and every scoop.  

I am so blessed, I thought.  My baby is so exhausting.  But also? He is the happiest, sweetest little boy ever.  And?  He’s sleeping peacefully inside while I scoop this water.  And?  He’s for the most part healthy and developing well.  My older son has some challenges that have been coming more to a head recently.  But?  He has more zest for life than nearly anyone I’ve ever met.  And?  He’s got the best teachers ever.  And, by a miraculous twist of luck, fate, or God’s grace, he’s in an environment that suits him so well for most of the day. I can be sure he’s learning, and growing, and even loved there.  Even more-so, I have a safe, dry home over my head.  

You see, instead of a silly, plastic sandbox filled with a few toys, I am so aware that I could be digging through a flooded home searching for salvageable belongings.  Instead of returning inside to a peaceful home with soft music playing and a white noise machine whirring from my toddler’s room, I could be mourning the loss of life of a loved one.  God spoke gently, but strongly, to me today through that yucky sandbox.  “Be grateful,” I heard, ever so firmly, but kindly.  “Even this task, this time, is a gift.  I am with you and you have so very much.”

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Atlanta Teen Hosts Film Festival to Honor and Raise Awareness for People With Special Needs

5 Nov

Please come on Saturday, November 10th for the Dignity Revolution Film Festival in the theater of Paideia, which features films about people with “diffabilities,” and is the Girl Scout Gold Award for Susannah, a senior and the president of Paideia’s Diffabilities Club. What does that mean, “diffabilities?” It is a term that reflects the fact that everyone has different abilities, rather than focusing on what those with intellectual disabilities cannot do. The purpose of the Dignity Revolution Film Festival is to promote awareness about people with disabilities and their role in today’s society. Most importantly, it’s about understanding, inclusion, and equality.  The festival will start in the morning at 9:00 a.m. with the movie most appropriate for younger children and progress through the day with the last movie appropriate for high school students and adults. 

The four films are Finding Nemo, chosen because of its characters’ wide assortment of disabilities (9:00 a.m.); Praying with Lior, showing the spiritually rich life of a Jewish boy with Down Syndrome (11:00 a.m.); Door to Door, about a man with Cerebral Palsy who becomes a salesman despite discrimination (1:20 p.m.); and Snow Cake, chosen because it deals with a man coming to terms with the fact that a woman with Autism can live independently (3:30 p.m.).  Moderators from the disabilities community will lead discussions after each film to foster understanding and education.

 

The event is free and open to the public.  See the website, http://dignityrevfilmfestival.wordpress.com/, for the Viewing Schedule of each film. Please “like” the Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DignityRevolutionFilmFestival?ref=stream. Join for one film, or for all of them!

My personal blog…an invitation.

1 Nov

Motherhood can be challenging.  Difficult, at times.  And at others absolutely blissful.  As you’ve probably gathered by now, I am committed to offering honesty and truth in the midst of the “Mommy Wars”.  If you would like a dose of that kind of perspective, I invite you to join me over at Beyond Postpartum, my personal blog.

Bless your heart ;-),

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