Monday, May 30, 2011

Dandelions---what's on my mind and in my heart today.

Sometimes the feeling to write what's on my mind  is too strong and it won't go away until
I put it down.

 Today was one of those times.

Not long ago I was shopping at Target in Twin Falls. A lot of the time when I go,
I seem to go on the day that the care facilities for the people with mental disabilities bring their residents shopping.

As a mother of a child with a severe mental disability that is obvious the minute you see my son,
I am always interested in the way that the public interacts with them.
Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised, and sometimes I'm disappointed.

I am always amazed at how young people seem to view them as just another shopper, while the generations that didn't go to school with a person with a mental impairment because most were housed in a state run institution don't seem to know how to act around them.
Some seem uncomfortable, others avoid the situation all together by taking another route in the store, and some are simply wonderful and warm and take the time to say hello or nod and smile at the individual.

Several years ago I was appointed by the governor of Idaho to be on a state council for children with disabilities as a parent representative. I served alongside educators, heath care professionals, and state representatives who's job it was to better the lives of those Idahoans with mental and physical disabilities.

We worked to ensure that their rights as citizens were protected and that they received those 
services that would enable them to thrive in our state and in our country and in our world. 

My dreams were huge then. I saw a world that would embrace them and love them
the way I did my son. I have seen miracles happen in my community because my son was able to attend a public school. I watched the barriers come down with the inclusion of my son, who at the time was the only child with any kind of disability in our town of then 400 souls.

Children can be so understanding once the know the 'whys' of differences. Several years that Landon attended school, some of the teachers would have me come into their classrooms when the new year began and tell the little ones a few things about Landon and what made him different than them.

I told them about his likes and his dislikes. I would explain little things that they could understand like why he drooled and why he would stare at the back of his hand when someone would talk to him. I told them that his favorite food was tater tots and that he didn't like meat. They 'got' it, they 'got' him!

The day that Landon graduated, he got a standing ovation from the entire school K-12. Dale and I were asked to say a few words at that time. I told the student body how thankful I was to them for being so respectful and protective of Landon. I told them that when I was told by our doctors that Landon would never be as other children were, my biggest fear had been that he would not be valued as a person. That he would be seen like a couple of the doctors who had diagnosed him saw him. A child that wouldn't be worth our trouble to raise. That would drain the energy we should be using to care for our other five children at home. I thanked the students for seeing beyond what is thought of as normal behavior and seeing the person. The person that had the right to have friends and feel loved and valued by his peers. 

Sometimes when I see a stand of dandelions, I wonder if this is how some
 view people with mental impairments.

A substandard flower in God's garden. 

I am now thankful for the people that were put in my path when I was younger that I believe
helped prepare me to become Landon's mother.

As a child growing up in the city of Boise, I remember a little girl on our block
who had a severe disability. I also remember how devoted and loving her mother seemed to be towards 
her, and that made a big impact on me. I never went and said hello to her or her mother.
I never asked her mother what her little girl liked to do or what her favorite food was. 

You see...I saw her as a dandelion because she couldn't do the things I could do.

I also remember riding the the bus to school with a boy who had been severely burned and was missing
his ears and nose and eyelids. I don't think he was in my life by accident, I believe he was in my life to prepare me. I would sit near him on the bus and say goodbye to him when we got to his stop.
I went to high school with a boy who had cerebral palsy. He was a kind boy, who walked with a gate that I found odd.
But by this time I was starting to see them as me,
 more the same than different.
Not dandelions at all.

I believe that they were put in my life for a reason.

I was being prepared for the hardest challenge of my life.
My own beautiful flower.
My own 'little different', but more 'the same'.

In the beginning, his syndrome wasn't obvious, but as he aged and didn't meet milestones, it became
heartbreakingly obvious that he would have severe impairments in both body and mind.
He started to look different and when he did, people would stare. Most people don't mean to be unkind.
Some do.

I have had so many...

'kids like those'
'how long is he going to live?'
'there are places for people like that' (mostly doctors) a few friends))
'you must be a saint' (I assure you...a saint I ain't)
and I could go on, but won't because even with some of the hurtful comments I have had spoken to me,
I understand that most have never been said to cause me pain.

It is because of lack of understanding. 
Maybe they thought of my son as a dandelion like I did the little girl on my
block when I was growing up.

There have been hard times. There have been things I would never
ever want to live through again.
There are things I can't even think about to this day or I would start crying and never stop.

But after a time of grieving
comes the gift!

I have likened this experience to hiking a mountain trail. A rough trail. A trail not traveled by many.
 And along this trail, in the distance, is a highway.
On the highway are many, many people going about life at the speed of light.
I am picking along the trail, moving brush and rocks as I need to.
Sometimes I get so tired I want to turn back.
 Sometimes I want so badly to make my way to the highway and catch a ride far away from where I am.

But along this trail is beauty everywhere I look. Beauty that takes your breath away.
 Beauty that so few get to see unless you travel slow and look hard to take it all in.
 Things that I would miss if I were on the highway.
Things I wouldn't feel if I weren't on the narrow, rough trail.
 When I get tired and discouraged I think of all the others that are on this trail with me.
I am not alone. I am not the only person traveling this rocky yet beautiful path.
I am traveling this road with my son. I am envisioning the person he will be when we pass from this life.
I think of him taking me in his arms and thanking me for loving him, for caring for him, for giving him life,
and for thinking of him as the most beautiful flower in my garden.
Not a dandelion at all!!!


Ozma of Odds said...
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Ozma of Odds said...

...oh dearest June ~
WHAT does one human soul say after a heart pouring such as this?
I can think of nothing other than:
"well done! my good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:23

xoxo, Rosemary

Marydon said...

Sobbing, June! What a precious write for Landon ... I told you before, your soul is just beautiful.

I'd give anything if God had given me the chance to have my son, in any condition.

The only flower I see here is the precious dogwood blooms from the cross that carried Christ's body ...

I used to tell my neighbors that I think God's favorite flower is the dandelions & weeds.

My love for you has grown even more in this write wonderful write. Landon will is so blessed, God found a gem in you.

Hugs & love as I wipe my tears,

Just a bed of roses said...

June, I wish this beautiful story of your sacred and precious thoughts and life experiences could be shared with the world.

Only a mother knows of what it is really like. Others like myself are only fortunate to become great friends with the most priceless people on earth such as your son.

I always feel such a spirit in their presence and a happiness that is unlike any other known.

It's unconditional love, some have it, unfortunatly others don't. My sister has it and her life is filled with the richest people in her life, lots and lots of them to be honest. You know who those people are in your life, those who gravitate to your son and love him with all their heart as you do. They are your life's angels, helpers to you and your family.

Your so right... NOT a dandelion at earthly angel and those who do not recognize it are missing out on life's most loving people. Here to TEACH US, who may be the dandelions at times.

Isn't it nice at times to not be able to hold those feelings inside. Your a teacher June.
Hugs to you and your family.

P.s. thanks for sharing the shops in Boise I want to go there, are there any more in Idaho I should know about?

Sandra said...

Oh my gosh, June. I'm in tears too. Your post is so touching. And then Marydon's post made me tear up too. "The only flower I see here is the precious dogwood blooms from the cross that carried Christ's body ..." Oh my goodness, this made me cry.
June, what a blessing your son has for a mama. :)
I hope you have a wonderful evening.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...
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Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

This is so beautiful, June.
Such a testament to not only your love but to your faith as well.

That last paragraph really does sum it all up beautifully...I genuinely believe that Landon will be happy and whole in Heaven. No more suffering or tears.
Your crown will be great!


Deborah said...

Thank you for this beautiful post today..I was meant to see it...I made a post with dandelions in mind today,and how beautiful they really are..even though most would just consider them a weed.
Bless you and your tender, loving heart...
So glad I stopped by and saw your heart xo

Deborah xoxo



Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. It makes me cry, but not out of sadness, but gladness...Landon's soul knew you were special and he picked YOU to be his momma. :-) You are both blessed. And I will never look at a dandelion quite the same way. Your outlook is inspiring...thank you for sharing it with us.


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh dear June, your beautiful post just makes me smile...through my tears... because to me this is a happy post... about a mama's love for her little boy... thank you for sharing such private, heartfelt moments in your life and what is in your heart... I know you yourself have touched so many lives, and hopefully made more people open their own eyes and their minds and hearts as well... just from reading about Landon on your blog and seeing his pictures, I love him so much... so many things I want to say to you, but right now the words just will not come... love to you and Landon... xoxo Julie Marie

The Green Pea said...

June, all of your children are so blessed that God chose you to be their mother. You are such a lovely lady. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Dandelions have always been a favorite of mine. They are strong and beautiful, just like Landon. Blessings to you, sandi

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I believe that we are all beautiful flowers in Gods garden! Different as we are but it would be boring if we all looked alike??

Trisha said...

Oh June! What a beautiful post from a beautiful mother! It is so obvious that you and Landon bless each others lives in so many ways. I have cousins who are mentally impaired but I never see them like that,they are just my sweet little cousins who always find a way to bring a smile to my face! I feel blessed to have them in my life because I am more understanding of everyone-with or without differences. My aunt is a special education teacher and I love hearing the stories of her amazing kids and all they accomplish! You truly are an angel to so many people in your life! Love to you and your sweet boy!!


Katherine said...

My heart is brimming from your words.

Do you notice how the dandelion head becomes a head of white fluffy seeds. And when you gently blow on it, the seeds float away...... spreading their love around and whisper the words 'We are all God's children'.

You are blessed.

Alaina said...

You are a wonderful mother. To love a child as he is and not what other think he should be.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

Thank you for sharing your heartfelt and poignant post with us, You write so beautifully and have touched so many of us with sharing your life.
I loved what you said, when we see a dandelion it is not a weed, but an earthly angel, such a beautiful thought and I will remember this always.

Blessings and love to you, Landon and all your family


Victorian1885 said...

Hello Dear June
I truly believe God has chosen you to be Landon's Mother. Your heart is so full of love for all of your children and he knew you would be a loving..caring Mother to all of your children. Your patience and caring soul are exactly what Landon needs on his journey through life on this earth. Thank you for sharing your most inner thoughts with us! Lots of love to you both..


~Sheri~ said...

that was a heart felt post.....U r an inspiration....and a wonderful mother. thank u for sharing that with all of us.

Diane said...

I read your post with a lump in my throat. I hope I have always been kind and good to everyone in my life like your son. You describe a beautiful and hard love and I'm so proud to call you my friend.

When my youngest daughter started day care there was a little boy in a little wheelchair and he had trouble talking. All the little kids just loved Michael and loved to wait on him and bring him things. I always thought she got such a wonderful education, and I did too.

Thank you for sharing June. Hugs, Diane

Deedee said...

June, I can really relate to this. My son's disability is not immediately obvious, but he suffered greatly in high school from taunting because he is different. It is a special kind of pain for a mother to live with. I pray for the day when every person will be accepted and loved as they are, and I truly believe that dandelions are just flowers...different but still beautiful.

summersundays-jw said...

Wonderful post. I'll behave differently because of you -- & Landon. Jan

sweetpea said...

june, you inspire me, you move me, you humble me. to be so clear and present as to why you are landon's mom, and you are his mom for a reason. God knew he was trusting you with landon and that you were up to it. if landon is a dandelion, then you are a rose that sprung up next to him in the garden. watchful, tending him, protecting him.



oldgreymare said...

My dear friend...I carry you in my heart <3


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Okay, I'm crying over here...what a beautiful post. It's such an amazing tribute to your son! xo

Heaven's Walk said...

You leave me speechless, June. Totally speechless. All I can say is that you are one special and very blessed child of God...and it's an honor to know you. ♥

xoxo laurie

maría cecilia said...

Dear June, you are a great woman and mother and I´m so happy to have met you through blogging. You have created such beautiful garden and home and most important a beautiful family to be happy for. Please give Landon lots of hugs and kisses from me. You always teach me so, so much.
a big hug

Jane said...

A beautiful, loving post. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

Attic Charm said...

Well Mr. Landon is clearly both blessed to have you, as well as a blessing to you. Lovely, thought-provoking post Miss June, you are such a treasure ♥
p.s. Tots rock

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us in this beautiful post. The depth of your love and faith is an inspiration to us all.

erin said...

beautifully said.....

Gail Thayer said...

This is without a doubt, the sweetest post I've ever read! Thank you so much for sharing your feelings, it truly gives me a new and enlightened perspective.

Anonymous said...

June, I love your blog and always look for the next, you touch my soul...for every season there is a reason and I know you were destin to be the mother of Landon (such a beautiful name) Thank you so much for this post..I will always remember the gentle soul God has given to soul fills blessed to have read this...vera

Lisa said...

What beautiful words...and I can feel it coming from the deepest part of your heart. I always felt the dandelion, was a powerful little flower. Every part of the plant has healing properties. From the root to the blossom. It cleanses the blood, from the marrow of our bones. Still, at my age, I get such pleasure, when I blow the seeded puff in the wind and watch them float allover the land!
This post has touched me very much, and I thank you and your Landon, teaching us all.

lots of hugs,

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

June, Such a loving and beautiful story about humble the rest of truly do.
I would love to have been one of your much love and caring is a gift from God.
Your childen are so BLESSED.

Give Landon a hug from me will you..and tell him Rose said hello.
Nope he's NOT a dandelion.


jojo said...

I will never look upon another dandelion without thinking of your precious son and your journey through life together. There is beauty all around us if we just take a moment to see it and let it into our hearts. You are one beautiful soul dear June, Landon is so Blessed, as are you. I can see tears in Heaven...tears of joy when you and Landon make your way and gratitude. Thanks your for sharing you heart to day dear friend.

Pondside said...

Such a beautiful post, June. It's clear that you and Landon are blessings to one another - your precious boy, his loving mother. I can just, from your writing, get a sense of the steel behind your love, the tears shed in private and your immense satisfaction in seeing your son experiencing acceptance and friendship and all the things every one of us is entitled to expect.

Riet said...

Oh dear JUne, I had to cry when I read your story. I have told you before, you are the most wonderfull mother and person in the world.Yor heart spoke when you wrote down your life's story. Beautiful
Thank you my friend

Dragonfly Creations said...

Thank you so much for being so brave and opening your hear to share your experiences as Landon's mother. Reading of his graduation brought tears to my eyes, how proud you must have felt.
I will never look at a dandelion without thinking of you and Landon. Whilst living in France I spent an entire morning sitting removing dandelions from my front lawn. The next morning I was rewarded by the sight of a lawn full of bright yellow smiling flowers with their faces to the sun! Resilient little dandelions are actually an excellent companion plant in the garden.

Dorthe said...

Dear June,
Thankyou for letting me into your inner thoughts and feelings, your letter to us, was so beautiful, and even I have not been close to someone in the same life situation-I have experiensed what you tells about ,from the shopping center- and can imagine how hard it is .
I wish with you, that people on earth will look inside all those souls ,and not just see the Dandelions ,as you express it.
Hugs from me.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

June that is a gorgeous write up of your feelings. I think it is fantastic for children to be in schools with children who need a little extra help as like you say it broadens their knowledge of the world as a whole. We have had several kiddies with autism in our school who have then been moved to a school better adapted to their needs, although I know this is good for the kiddy it does sadden me that they are not able to carry on in our 'mainstream' school just because they need a few more resources :-(

I think most ignorant comments come from people that have not encountered people of all different types and creeds, they basically need educating. Working in a hospital I see many different things but one thing always strikes me and that is no matter what someone's body looks like or mind is like I am always amazed by how happy patients can be when facing hard times. It really does humble me.

@nne said...

these words touch me right into the heart! love, @nne

christine said...

i wonder how many read this and cry as we all have, but don't comment. you touch so many with your love for your son, your family and your garden.. hugs xx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You are an excellent writer, but most of all, what you have to say is committed to pen by your commitment to TELL what is on your heart. Dearest June, this was a magnificent reminder and a beautiful visual through your heart and all our hearts regarding the many "disabilities" we all have. Your son in many ways is no different from us all whose impairments are SKIN DEEP and sometimes more difficult to deal with since they are hidden. MOST WONDERFUL POST and your images, striking. MERCI FOR YOUR VISIT YESTERDAY MY SWEET ONE!! Anita

Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful post! I had a roommate with Cerebral Palsy in college and she taught me so very much about life and how to live it fully. Like your son, she had a mother who did everything in her power to give her a life many others felt she could never achieve. I commend you and every mother that doesn't see the limits of any child, but only sees the possibilities!


Denise said...

SO so beautifully written. God chose you to be his mother because of your love, That is so awesome he got a standing ovation when he graduated! That had to make all of your so proud!

A Cottage Muse said...

June you are truly beautiful, inside and out. I am touched that you shared this loving story with me today. Thank you! said...

Dear June, What a beautiful and well writen post filled with so much love. I believe God picks very special people to do the care taking of loved ones with disabilities. You are indeed very special. A greenhouse that I shop at frequently has quite a few people with mental disabilities and I find that there is something so special about them that a person without a mental disability simply does not have. I can't really explain it but I think you would understand. You and Landon are very blessed to have each other. I'll bet he brings joy into your life like no one else can. God Bless.
~Debra xxx
Caeprs of the vintage vixens

Claudia said...

You've brought me to tears, June. How eloquently you have written about your son. You are a beautiful soul, my friend. I know that I grew up in a time when children that were suffering from disabilities were in a 'Special Education' class. We saw them but never really got a chance to interact with them. If we had, I have a feeling our minds and hearts would have been opened at a young age.

Thank you for your heartfelt words. We are all here to love each other, accept each other and learn from each other. Landon has much to teach us all.


Jacqueline said...

Oh June,
What a wonderful beautifully written and, straight from the heart.
I am pleased to say that our children's school intigrated a whole mixture of disabilities and they were all treated equally by the rest of the school. I'm so pleased, as our children have no pre-conceived ideas about anyone who is a little 'different' as they don't see them as different.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand the comments that come out of some peoples mouths. If I am being kind then I can only put it down to their own insecurities and ignorance.
.....and, June, the only part that I disagree with you on is that you are, indeed a Saint. Maybe Saint is the wrong word but, I do have the greatest admiration for you. I hope that you know how I mean it.......we would love any child that we bear but, it must be very difficult sometimes and you seem to cope so well.
Your Landon is as beautiful as any rose in your garden and more so.

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hello June...

so touching and some very true expressing of feeling...I always imagine you like a soft touched heart with sweet word and a beautiful smile... and I am feeling very happy that you are what I exactly imagine you... a tender soft , loving and with the depth of heart a consoling soul...
May God always gives you happiness and you never have any difficulty in your life regarding with your son... what are the kids... its only can be understand by a mother... love to you & him too

MJ Ornaments said...

OK Miss June, you have me crying in my coffee! This was so touching and encouraging to read, thank you for sharing. I'll never look at Dandelions the same, and you really are an inspiration to me. XO Martha

rustandruffles said...

Well June...I don't even know where to start! I can't tell you how timely this post was for me. We have been dealing with a terrible situation at my work with a baby who was born with severe neurological issues. A group of us have been fighting and advocating for this baby against many others who think that this little life has no value. I loved your post...I love YOU...and I love your son!!! Thank you June!

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
I love how you have shared this very meaningful post.
I just want to say how much I admire you in so many ways and your love for Landon and the rest of your family is just one of them.
I love your post on your garden blog too.
Take care,
Carolyn said...

Hi June

You fill my heart this morning with things that really matter most. You are indeed my friend.


The French Bear said...

June, you have written such a beautiful post that has touched everyone's hearts and minds.....Landon is like a precious song, those of us that see into his heart and soul can hear the music, those that just look at him as different just see the words and can't understand it. He is the music to your ears and through your love and guidance we can share in it;'s sweet sound!!!!
You are truly an inspiration to us all!
Margaret B

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a beautiful post, June. You and your son are blessed to have each other.

Amanda said...

What a gorgeous post to read. So well put and very moving.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Dear June, what a gloriously beautiful post from a beautiful mother. There is no doubt in my mind that God picked you to be such a special mother to such a loving child. I feel so blessed to have read this. My aunt was also a blessed mother to a special child. You are a rare breed.

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Vintage Tea Time said...

A beautiful, tender, thoughtful post. Thank you. Abby x

Tracy said...

What a beautiful and heart-felt post...being a teacher of students with disabilities I make it my mission for my kids to be treated fairly and for someone to attempt to understand but more than that, for the world to be a kind and welocoming place....don't we all deserve that as human beings?

thank you June for sharing the depths of your soul with us!

Shabby soul said...

Darling June, your words moved me to tears.
Thank you for share with us your shining soul!
A big hug

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Have you read the book "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury? The main characters' mother valued the innocuous and overlooked dandelions...and transformed them (via the magic of fermentation)into something delicious...comforting...nourishing and valuable.

You remind me of my dad a bit June.

Thank you for the inspiration and encouraging story.

Love and good thoughts to you and your lovely, blessed family.


Ana said...

Oh June,
I can't even find the words to express how much you have touched my heart. Thank you for sharing such an amazing post. You and your beautiful son are truly bless to have eachother. You are a woman with a beautiful heart and soul and I feel so bless to call you my friend.

Love ya tons,

karen said...

For he shall give
his angels
charge over thee
to keep thee
in all ways.
~Psalms 91:11

June, after I lost Ryan I had to find something somewhere, that made sense. Not only had I lost him, but I had lost much of my faith. This passage took on new meaning. It says "to keep thee in ALL ways. I have to figure that meant that at the time of his accident, angels WERE there. Because it says "ALL ways". Keep thee in 'all' ways...

But in reading your post,
I think that Landon, your angel, was sent by God to keep you, in all ways.
I am having coffee with you, from my home to yours.

NanaDiana said...

I read every word you wrote. I work in a hospital and I see a lot of severely impaired people-and the parents and caretakers that accompany them for their visits. I hope that I am always kind and speak wisely and choose the words that the person needs to hear. We do not really know what the handicapped person is capable of understanding, do we? Perhaps they sense love on a deeper level than any of us realize.

When we moved to a new location and my kids went to school we had the option of sending them to a school that was only 8 blocks from our house. Several of our neighbors paid for bussing because THAT SCHOOl (as they called it) had about a 25% rate of mildly to severely handicapped children. My youngest son was about 6 when he first attended there. He was so comfortable with children that were different from him that it was amazing. One day at a "fair" held at school there was a little girl, Stacie-who has since passed over. She slipped from her wheelchair and slumped down..her head out of the bracket that held her head in place..her arms off the arms of her special chair. She was away from her parents at the time and my son (who was about 8 or 9)at the time...reached over and boosted her back up into her chair and manipulated her head back into her "bracket", took something and wiped her face off because she was crying and drooling, then patted her on the head and said, "You're okay, Stacie, I gotcha". And so he did. I was prouder of him at that moment than I have been of any of his other accomplishments...and they are great...but his human spirit just touched my heart. I knew then that we had done far better than make the right decision to put him into THAT SCHOOL.

Sorry-didn't mean to write a book but it just brought that memory out of me!

God bless you AND your son AND your family as you move along life's path. God has a special place in store for all of you .. I can just feel it! Hugs-Diana

mudderbear said...

This is so beautifully done. You are a truly wonderful angel too. My faith tells me these are very special spirits who come to us and I don't doubt that he chose you to be his mother. He has trusted you from the beginning.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

You are blessed to be the Mother of your son and that his life fills your life with love...
Having lost my son 30 years ago this past May 27th I understand your heartache.
Though the challenges for you have been hard and many the rewards are greater.
Thank you June for writing and sharing this post.
I for one find a field of dandelions the most vibrant, reflective and stunning show of beauty.
Susan x

bikim said...

dear June,
wonderful touching post!
i've worked with let's say special people and children (yes they are really speacial!) for 2 years and i can say it was such a wonderful experience! they give you so much! much more then i can explain! an unique experience!
°º✿happy June!!!!º° ✿♥

Sandi said...

Oh dear kind June...God love you for loving him...what a blessing he is to you! What a wonderful post. God knew that YOU would be the best mother for him and He was right!!

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

Oh June, how this beautiful post touched my heart. I am so thankful that we have this promise: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oh June, I have a dandelion in my life, too. I think she's "one" of the most beautiful flowers in my garden as well... I will always love and cherish what is different about her... and my heart aches every once in a while when I see others who can't understand what's different about her. You are not alone.

Kim -Truly Tattered said...

Oh June, What a wonderful post! I just came over to grab your link because I was talking on my blog about how much I love your photography and I was blessed to my soul to read this love story. What a fantastic way to look at life and its blessings and challenges. I am honored to know you and learn from you! And as always I just lose myself in your beautiful pictures!

The Martys said...

June- What a beautiful post. I have never commented on your blog before but I do love it. Today's post struck a cord with me. My daughter has Down syndrome and I pray so hard and hope that others don't see her as a "dandelion" but as a truly beautiful flower full of love to give to anyone who will share it with her. Your Landon is lucky to have such a wonderful mom. Thanks for opening my eyes even further.


Mary Ellen said...

June what a beautiful and heartwarming honest post. We minister to marginalized people- the outcasts, those "normal" people would not give the time of day to.

This week my hubby met the parents of Jerry-a 60 year old man who is disabled and a dandelion to so many. His parents thanked Bill for being part of Jerry's life- they have seen a change as Jerry has been accepted and love. It is so beautiful and we are so blessed to be a part of his life also.

I have always thought that those who , in the most of the worlds eyes, are less then perfect, are closer to the heart of Jesus then we could ever imagine. He spoke so much about those who were weak, poor and helpless, which is exactly all of us, some just haven't realized it yet.

bee blessed

romance-of-roses said...

This story touched my heart. I had a cousin that was mentally challenged and do know how it is. My husband is in a wheel chair because of a stroke and children stop and stare and the parents do or say nothing. My heart goes out to you and I send many blessings to your son Landon, believe me he is loved.
Big hug to both of you...Lu

Privet and Holly said...

June, this is
such a beautiful
and touching
analogy. Just this
weekend my daughter
commented that she
thought dandelions
were so pretty and
that "it's all how
you look at it." I
think she and her
generation are the
beneficiaries of a
special relationship
with the "flowers" in
their schools who
are different....and
yet the same : ) I
saw it first hand
when I used to volunteer
in the lower grades.
You might not be a saint,
but I'm sure you are
the world to your Landon.
Love you, girl!
xx Suzanne

Recycled Rita said...

(Tears pouring...) I love this post!
I work with children with disabilities, primarily autism but we have 2 children with angelman's in our program right now.
I love everything you said, I have always wanted to post about "my kids" so people could understand more and hopefully not feel so awkward or scared to reach out.
People always say "You're a saint" "They are so lucky to have you".
I always tell them that I am the fortunate one.... they teach me...I watch how strong they are against the odds.
I love your heartfelt post and hopefully people will smile or lend a helping hand when they see a child or mom with a special needs child who needs help....
Thanks for are wonderful! karen..... (still tearing up!)

Laura said...

Dearest June-

It has all been said by all of the previous commentors.

Your post was absolutely beautiful.

Love to you friend,


Shelley Davis said...


I am sitting here crying. You have no idea how your post touched me. It touched the depths of my soul!

I am the mother of 3 adopted children with special needs. They were born drug addicted and our two girls have FASD (Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder). Our children appear typical. It is only when you are around them for a time that you begin to see their differences. I too am not a "saint". I get that a lot. You put into words so many of the things I feel in my heart. Our little ones will be off to kindergarten next year all three are 5 years old. The world can be a cruel place. I pray they will be valued. EXACTLY! I love them so dearly I can't bear for them to be made fun of or not fit in.

Thank you for saying that sometimes you are tired. I feel at times people think I ask for this so I have no excuses or should express that I am tired. Yes I did have a choice and I think that every person and everything that has happened to me has prepared me for this season in my life!

Blessings to you,

Denise said...

I read this post probably about thirty minutes after you wrote and posted it. I didn't have time to stop and comment then, but it's been on my mind, in a positive way, ever since. So beautifully spoken.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Your analogy of the mountain trail sounds to me like a God Inspired viewpoint.
I'm so glad you put your thoughts down in writing, June. This has blessed so many of us.
much love, Debra

Caroline said...

Beautifully written June...from the heart. I hold a special place in my heart for all the Landon's out there as you know...they are God's gift to all of us(most just don't know it). Given to us so that we may see the beauty in everything he creates. I wasn't the one who brought home lost and deserted animals, however my children were accustomed to having children and adults who had various developmental disabilities visit our home. My children have been taught to respect people with disabilities and to accept them as everyone else. We need to teach our children at a young age to be accepting.

Its can be a chain reaction, if we treat others with respect and accept them for who they are in turn others will pick this up and hopefully pass it on. I hope that my childrens' affection for individuals with special needs will be passed on through their friends and so on....

Theresa said...

I have no words but thank you for this post June. your words have touched my heart. t. xoxoxooxoxoxo

Zuzu said...

I'm so touched by your post, June.

My youngest daughter was born with an acute & chronic illness. She came close to death several times. She missed milestones. She looked different. Kids were NOT nice to her. She fell behind in school. Daily blood tests. Meds. Surgeries. Emergency trips to the hospital. And yet...

I couldn't be more proud of her. She is now 28, a young mother, and the most balanced and happy person I know. Like your Landon, Stacey is a gift of love. :)


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

This brought me to tears, June. We all want the same things for our children, regardless of their differences and similarities. I think it's wonderful that your community was so accepting of Landon.
My uncle was born with Down's syndrome. My grandma had to fight, with a capitol "F", for him to have any education at all. She started the first school for special needs children in Idaho. I'm incredibly proud of her.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear June, what a beautiful post! I always believe that in small ways we are all prepared and God paves the way for what is to come. He gave you an open heart and the ability to make a difference. You have given voice to those who may not have one. What others may view as a hardship is indeed a blessing in your life because you have been open to all the lessons. Have a beautiful day. Tammy

Barbara said...

Oh June, this was such a post full of heart and love. Before I even read what you had to say, I looked at that dandelion and remembered that so many people consider it a weed, and yet it is a delight to look and wonder at. It's such a happy flower.
I give huge kudos to your town and to you for the way you (and they) have handled your life with Landon.
You are a dear person. I am truly honored to be your friend!

heather said...

As the mother of a severely handicapped child, I appreciate this post more than you know. God bless!

Nancy Medina said...

June thank you for sharing your heart. I grew up with a mentally challenged sister, and remember being told that I was "better" than my sister by people who thought they were being kind and complimenting me. I remember even then, as young as I was, how much it hurt to hear them talk about my sister like that. Even today, she is the most beautiful person I know, in heart and spirit, and always has a smile for everyone. What a gift it is to have her in my life. I am so glad you shared this in a way other can understand. Thank you for saying what I could not express as well. What a gentle blessing I have been given.

wendy said...

My best friend here (who I knew all through high school till now) is raising a handicapped son. I marvel at her selflessness and compassion. Lessons to be learned for sure.
and ya know what.
Yellow is my favorite color.
dandelions are pretty resilient, they keep coming back no matter what.
they are strong.
just like the soul of your son...and you.
Now...I will remember as I look at my field of dandelions,
that there is a purpose for all things.
beautiful.....even when thought of as a weed.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Dear June, Your posts about your sweet angel are always very touching. It often must have been very hard and heart breaking what you have experienced in all those years with people asking thoughtless questions, staring etc. I don't know how you managed all that and at the same time being there for your other kids as well. You are an angel yourself and truly amazing!
Have a wonderful weekend, sweet friend!
Warm wishes and hugs,

jewelsinthegarden +: ) said...

Dear June, I have been reading all the wonderful comments and I am so touched by them and by your inspiring post. I truly wish I knew you in person, not just briefly through blogging! You are what God intended us all to be and it shows in your love for your family. I love who you are and I thank you for opening up your heart to us. You inspire me to be a better person!
Love you,

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Sweet June
I am so pleased that you posted this outpouring from your heart.
You have been truely gifted with a child like you have, at least that is the way I see things, because without this experience you would never have grown to become the Wise woman that you are. Your life has been enriched by it all.
To be able to give so selflessly for the many years that you have done so takes an amazing amount of courage, patience and dedication that few of us could have.
You June are an Angel and a shining light to me as I see you shine in the dark upon so many.
Many big hugs and blessings to
you sweet woman.
Now go and smell the roses for me please as I have just a handful left blooming in my Winter garden
at present here downunder.
xoxxo Suzy

lynn said...

i was blogging this morning and came across your page and it touched me deeply.. i have always had a love of people but especially the dandelions as you have named them... and i have to say your beautiful spirit has touched my heart this day.. and i wish you happiness and all the blessings you deserve in life. big ladybug hugs

d. reyné said...

Oh June!
You are a beautiful and sweet spirit my dear friend!
I have always kinda liked dandelions... Now that I am an someone else's yard:)
But I see where you are...on your rough little trail...if you need a friend or a always know where to find me!
I have told you before...God only chooses the most special of His children to live their lives with the special, wonderful you precious son!

I hope you are doing well today...Please know you are always in my prayers!
Hugs, hugs, hugs for you and Landon

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dear June
I don't think it is possible to write a comment to express the beauty of your post... So lovingly written and such a beautiful testament to your love for Landon.

What an incredibly message you have here and lesson for society in general.. The fact that the younger generation is more accepting as we no longer lock away our 'dandelions'... it such an important lesson.. I think this truth carries over to race and religion also.. People react to what they don't know or understand... I suspect you have been an ambassador for more than just Landon... Helping a generation to see that acceptance and understanding can come from knowledge..

I hope you will consider having this article published..

Have a lovely weekend my friend.. ciao xxx Julie

Angela said...

Hi Sweet June! I love this post because it shows me even more of your beautiful heart. You know the dandelion is always one of the special flowers that children pick for their mommies. All the mommies I know treaure them! Landon is just as special as anyone and I pray this post blesses others as it has me. God does have a loving way of preparing us for what challenges, blessings and changes we have ahead. Hugs xo! Angela

♥Ingrid♥ said...


this is a amazing post from a amazing mother with an amazing son....
I hope you write your little story in a book for people they nead that too because you write it so beautiful....big hug from Belgium x

Mary E.Dadds said...

I love this blog.And your post did so much for me.
I have a daughter who has Albrights syndrome.And with it she has ostyodystrophy.I spelled that wrong.She is shorter than most people
And her hands and feet are not normal.
She inherited this from me.
She is 31 now,
When she was in school the children were mostly severely cruel.I really wish I could get passed this more than I have.
Thank you for sharing these feelings.

Yvonne - Frl.Klein said...

Dearest June,
I love your Posts and writing!
And of course your wonderful images!

Sofies Haus said...

Hey June, I LOVE your new banner!!! Sooo beautiful like all your images! hughs Anja

Vintage Home said...

As always, thank you for sharing.........My husband is a special needs teacher and I am going to email this to his school account.....when he gets to school tomorrow he will read it. So many don't understand why he does what he do, and this honors you & your son and it is an encouragement to my husband..... Thank you, Colleen.

Lady Pamela said...

Your post has helped me understand the passion my oldest daughter has for children with disabilities. Even though she has 3 busy boys of her own, and is in the army reserves and a musician, she took her training to be a teacher's aid to help in the classroom with these precious students. She begins her full-time work this September.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

A precious post, June. Brought tears to my eyes. p.s. I don't know if you enjoy reading books, especially now that the gardening season is in full swing, but there is a book I think you might be interested in, written by a Canadian from my hometown of Toronto, journalist Ian Brown, about life with his son (I can't remember the title but it was reviewed in the Sunday New York Times about a couple of weeks ago, front page of Book Review section). xoxo

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Dear June your words reach across to each and every mother amongst us, bless you.

Extract from, 'To the Dandelion' by J.R.Lowell.

.....Then I think I of deep shadows on the grass,
Of meadows where in sun the cattle graze,
Where, as the breezes pass,
The gleaming rushes lean a thousand ways,
Of leaves that slumber in a cloudy mass,
Or whiten in the wind, of waters blue,
That from the distance sparkle through
Some woodland gap, and of a sky above,
Where one white cloud like a stray lamb doth move.

My childhood's earliest thoughts are linked with thee;
The sight of thee calls back the robin's song,
Who, from the dark old tree
Beside the door, sang clearly all day long,
And I, secure in childish piety,
Listended as if I heard an angel sing
With news from heaven, which he could bring
Fresh every day to my untainted ears
When birds and flowers and I were happy peers.

How like a prodigal doth nature seem,
When thou, for all thy gold, so common art!
Thou teachest me to deem
More sacredly of every human heart,
Since each reflects in joy its scanty gleam
Of heaven, and could some wondrous secret show,
Did we but pay the love we owe,
And with a child's undoubting wisdom look
On all these living pages of God's book.

Hugs to you June x Jane

Meegan said...

Absolutely beautifully written.

I love your heart. Your soft, kind heart that can express and feel beyond what so many of us can.

Thanks for sharing your journey with Landon. Thanks for reminding us to be grateful for the simple things in life. Thank you also for your perspective and wisdom.

I love that you can see him with you, and what he can and will be. Melts my heart.

saltbox treasures said...

June, you are such an amazing woman. You have encouraged us and taught us so much. I hope we can do the same for you. This is such a beautiful, heartfelt post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. Even dandelions learn to fly when the wind blows their wishes everywhere. Every person is a beautiful flower created by God for a unique and wonderful purpose.
I hope you have a blessed day as you have blessed so many.
Thank you for what you do daily for your son, family and others.
~ Julie

sandy said...

(third try)
I came to your blog looking for a picture of your roses and instead I received the most beautiful bouquet of words from your posting about Landon. Thank you for blessing us with your love, life and trials you bear. All I can share is I said a prayer and praise for people like you and know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. We hope and trust in what our Lord tells us and I know your reward will be great as you have used this to further His kingdom.
God bless you June, as you have blessed us.
In His Hands,

Bine Beldecor said...

Dear June, this is such a beautiful and heart-warming post. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. I'm happy to know a wonderful person like you. Wishing all the best for you and your family

Natasha Burns said...

June, I have tears in my eyes. What a blessing you and Landon are to each other, like each other's angels.
Oh - and dandelions are beautiful. Just look at what beauty they create when they've flowered! There's nothing like them in the world. Why would we blow and make a wish on an ordinary flower? I see dandelions as purely magical!
Big hugs to you xo

Razmataz said...

A great post. Well said. My mother had a brain hemmorhage and is paralyzed. She is sharp as can be mind wise though. People talk to her loud and slowly and like a child. They ask me questions about her right in front of her. I just respond "why don't you ask her". It's hard to educate people.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweeeet Junie... I had you on my mind and thought I'd pop over for a wee visit.... you have touched my heart dear girlie... You have such a way with words.... I almost never cry... I don't know where my crier went...but this made me sob..... touched so many deep places in me... Thank you so much for sharing so intimately.... You are a gift.... as is your son... :-)

Love you!


Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Dearest June,
I was SO cheered to receive your lovely message, it makes SUCH a difference to know I have friends who send me their encouragement! I have M.E. which I think is probably know in the U.S. as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I've had it since my son was born 25 years ago, but it got worse about 12 years ago and I had to take early retirement. It's a nasty illness that is a complete mystery and encompasses a myriad different symptoms that wax and wain.
I'm SO glad to have met you, and to be able to gaze upon your lovely garden and flowers, and read your writing lifts my heart!

Sending hugs,

maria cecilia said...

just visited your grace gardens my dearest June.... aahhhhhhh!!!!!!!
you make my life soooo happy....

Kathy said...

You've made me look at dandelions in a whole new light - what a precious mother you are and a blessing - thank you for sharing your heart and all you do for your son and others.
God Bless,

victorian parlor II said...


This is absolutely beautiful. I have told you before that I work with these amazing children and I too am shocked at those who do not see their beauty. Thank you for posting this. You should consider writing a book-it would help so many as you say everything so well:).



The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh June, how beautiful this post is. God does not make mistakes, just look at how many hearts you have touched with your story. I got lost in reading the comments too. Give Landon a kiss for me!
Blessings in your week June.

karen said...

Hey June,
Check out weirdbirdstudio this week... do you ever feel like this???
your friend across the county,

karen said...

Hey June,
Check out weirdbirdstudio this week... do you ever feel like this???
your friend across the county,

Peonies & Magnolias said...

June, I love your post. You have such a beautiful way with words. I hope all is well with you and yours. Have a great week.


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Just popping in to say Hi! Thanks for coming by my friend.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Dear June, I will be reminded of this lovely post every time I see a dandelion from now on...

Hugs, Sherri:)

time worn interiors said...

June! There must be a lovely flower growing in your heart! What a beautiful post! I have tears in my eyes! Bless you and all that come in touch with you!

ps....sorry I'm late, somehow I missed this post!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

This is so beautiful...made me cry. The highway analogy made me think of how true it is that the masses are living in the fast lane but the few find themselves on that slower path where there is so much beauty. I am thankful the LORD brought me to the slow path...yes there is suffering but the beauty exceeds and makes it so worth it. Your son will be one day in eternity embracing you for pouring out your life unto him in love and acceptance. Your heart rejoices even now because of it. But you will fully know the joy of this life you have been given to live in the heavenly realm. When I was a Sunday school teacher to K-3 graders a year ago, I had two adult students with autism. They really helped me learn how to interact with them. I always embraced them and treated them like I did all the children while being sensative to their needs. Like Todd was uncomfortable with games, so I would let him doodle or just sit and watch(whatever he was comfortable with) Isaac didn't like to do lessons, so I wouldn't make him. If he needed to get up and walk around while I taught, I let him. He was always peaceful and appreciated my kindness. They were always so nice to me and made me feel like a good teacher. It was such a joy to teach them. I miss them very much. I have always tried to kindly wave or say hello to he disabled groups in the parks or stores. I run into them more at our community park. But I learned from Todd and Isaac how to interact with them more comfortably. Thank you for sharing your heart are teaching us all. And it is so valuable.

trash talk said...

Just like a dandelion sends out its tiny parachutes on a puff of breath, so have you by sharing your heart. Knowledge, understanding and compassion can't help but take root and flourish when sown by a mother's breath of life.

LemonyRenee' said...

So I innocently meander by to check in on you and you spring profundity on me??? Now I'm sitting here blubbering all over the keyboard. June, you know you're special to me. Visiting you always feeds my soul.

As you know, I am on a different, but still rough path. I literally DO look at people on the highway (or in the carpool line or in the car next to me) and wonder at how lives lived so close together can be so different. I am guilty of sometimes envying those on the highway, I must admit. It continues to be a struggle here right now. Not that I, my husband, and my son are not doing well, we are . . . but my daughter is not and you know that we moms can never really be "right" when someone we love and care for is not.

Sending loads of love and comfort to you for your surgery and recovery. That's part of the path, too, you know. Perhaps, there is a reason you are presented with a resting spot at this time. Be sure and look around for the beauty. I know you will.

With love and fondness . . .

Victoria said...

Ok, I want to bawl after reading this but I can't because maintenance is doing their bi annual smoke alarm check and I don't want to be sobbing when they come in!

I grew up in England, Canada and here in the U.S. so I went to school in all 3 countries. In England there was a boy with, what were called "false legs". He went to the regular school and did get some teasing as other kids liked to gently kick his false legs to see if he could feel it. I remember my mom offering to help him down the curb one day and he glared at her and said NO! He was very independent!

In Canada there were no challenged kids in my school, neither physically nor mentally. When I started high school in the U.S. I was amazed that we had Downs Syndrome kids and others amongst us and a lot of the kids I went to high school with had gone all through school with them. I think it is a really good thing because they no longer become a curiosity but just a part of everyday life!

Thank you so much for sharing this June! Now I'm going to NOT cry or at least try not to!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Everyday when I picked the kids up from kindergarten Lily had a dandelion for me. She loves to find me flowers & those are her favorites.
I love you June.

A Fanciful Life said...

Dearest June,
What a beautiful post. You might remember, my sister is disabled. When I think of how she was treated in school many years ago, it still upsets me. She was so hurt by the meanness of the students that she left high school in her last year before graduating. And it happened when she started working, by people completely insensitive to others with a special challenge. Thankfully, it seems different now but all that hurt is still there and I would do anything in this world if I could take it on for her. I agree with you, there are no dandelions!
Sharon :-)

Linda said...

Dear June- You have touched all our hearts today by sharing your life, by sharing your pain and sharing your hopes. I believe with all my heart what you envision or something very much like it will be our reality oneday. Praise God for His wisdom and write it on your heart you are a good mother and the Lord loves you and your son.
Love, L

Lovey said...

June what a blessing you are. I understand your words as a mommy, as a teacher, as a friend and a child of God. Landon indeed is the most precious flower in your garden of love and admiration. Many times people don't stop and think, they are afraid..ignorant of their behaviors and sometimes cruel. Then, there is always that one that will smile, give a pleasant nod or assist because well they are moved with compassion. Forgive us when we fall in the earlier condition and know that for some...God is giving us a clean heart and that through that clean heart...we can be better people to everyone and especially little flowers that seem "different." I have never seen Landon with my natural eye..but my spiritual eye...sees the beauty which goes beyond this realm of existence to where the Father is. That one faithful day when Landon sees Him face to face...he will receive his new body...his renewed mind...and he will glow of all that beauty that is within. And when you see him...your tears will overflow....and it will be well. Hold tight....know that I love you and Landon as your beloved son...full of mercy and grace...God is sufficient to carry you through. My heart has learned of another facet of love because of you June....UNCONDITIONAL.

Ann Nichols said...

Dear June...
Dandelion's have always been one of my favorite flowers...they just give and give and are hardy little busts of color! I believe like you that God does prepare us and also that he puts the children He gives us in our lives for a reason. All of them. Nothing worth doing is easy...and that is most especially applied to raising children. It just always amazes me how siblings can be so different; they all come from the exact same place and yet, even if they don't have a medical name to describe their difference, they are! I'm sure you know that from all your children!
You are such a lovely mother... a gardener of human hearts.

Robin said...

very well put, and quite lovely.....

You chose the dandelion, because you think of the dandelion as a lesser flower. Most, consider the dandelion a "weed". A weed is an unwanted and intrusive plant. Most, if not all, perennials can be a weed....they can be intrusive and unwanted (in yard as well as garden). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (and sometimes people are attracted to only the beauty they see only that which they consider beautiful). To you a dandelion is a lesser flower and yet the dandelion is not only a happy sunny freely propagating flower, but it is a valuable herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. It is a rich source of vitamin A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Its leaves are often used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots can be found in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make certain wines. Most would pull, poison or cut out the dandelion, not giving any thought as to all they will lose in doing so. But there are those of us that appreciate the dandelion for all it’s uniqueness and beauty as much as we do the phlox (which also just so happens to be a beautiful weed). All God’s children are beautiful...and all have so very much to give. It is so very important that we all try to stay open to the beauty in all.
Congratulations to Landon on his graduation. And thank you for taking the time to post your story for all who pass this way.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful weekend

Jenn said...

I was visiting Marydon for Pink Saturday a moment ago, read her story post about the blue rose, then came her by a link she posted.

Thank you.

A great big hug your way and much love from my heart to yours.


Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello June,

I have spent much time here today going through your beautiful pages of your blog. I must say this one really stirred my heart and made me shed some tears. How blessed you are to have such a dear child and how bless he is to have you as his mother. What a darling woman and very capable soul you are! I too can see the day when he will thank you, in his prime, in his glory! I have always loved dandelion but will look at them in a different way now. You need to write a book. You are so inspiring and have touch so many lives. I am sure your ward/stake love you to pieces!

Thank you for touching my heart off to find a dandelion or two.


Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Oh. Oh my. It doesn't seem sufficient to say thank you for writing this post. It seems to require much more, but I don't know what that would be. You see, we adopted a baby girl from Romania and she came home with some major problems, physical and emotional. Picking along the road nearly killed me, being picked on by the fast movers on the road nearly killed me ... taking care of my elderly parents in our home at the same time as our daughter was a toddler nearly killed me. But I'm a fighter ... I.would.not.give.up. I fought the doctors, I fought the teachers, I fought the church people, I fought the family. Because she might be broken but she was mine! My parents died and we adopted a little boy from Romania. He's had a hard time growing up with her emotional issues. But I have fought for him as well. And now, now she has gotten help for some of her emotional issues, not all, it can't all be fixed, but some. I look back, in my teens, teaching the children's Sunday school class at our tiny church. One group of boys came from a "farm" for troubled boys. One of the boys was mentally challenged. One of the other boys made fun of him in front of me. God must have looked down at me that day and saw me FIGHT for this one young helpless boy ... and many years later, many many years later, He gave us this special daughter. Yes, I prayed for a miracle, but I didn't get the one I wanted. I also got the one I needed. And I will fight for my kids til my last breath. So all I have is thank you, but you have to believe it is coming straight from my heart to yours. Thank you.


Mary Ann said...

I just came across your blog and, subsequently this post.

Dandelions are my absolute most favorite flower. :)

Thanks for sharing and your blog is now one my favorites.

Mary Ann