How can it be that he is 25?
Time can not have gone by so quickly.
Though I do not know anything about the day he was born,
I will never forget the day he was placed in my arms for the first time.
With only 12 hours notice our lives became filled with joy and expectancy when on November 1, 1985 at just barely 18 weeks old a tiny 7 pound angel arrived on the door step.
Did we have any understanding months before as we knelt to pray for his birth parents that God was already preparing our hearts for what was to come?
He came with a grim prognosis. A death sentence really.
Deaf, blind, and paralyzed on his left side.
Don't get your hopes up. This child will not live.
If he does, he will never walk or talk. He will be a vegetable.
Will you love on him, hold him and care for him until such time as we can find a place for him or until he dies? Don't fall in love they warned! There will be many therapies, many doctor appointments, and much heartache ahead.
Do not get your hopes up??? I questioned, as my heart filled with hope.
Don't fall in love??? Yeah, Right!!!
My eyes upon an angel that God chose for this mama to love,
Little did any of us know what lie ahead?
Prayer as never known prior. Knees calloused and tear filled Bibles.
Hours turned to days and days turned to weeks.
Precious moments spent loving a child with no clear understanding what the future might hold.
Trusting in God, faith in the unknown, what more could we do?
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
That is the love God placed in this mama's heart for a child not flesh of my flesh nor bone of my bone but still miraculously my own.
Hopes into dreams and dreams into reality.
And today continues the 25 year miracle of God's love and greatness:)
Here is 'RED' (as he is known to his friends) today showing off some of his Many Equestrian ribbons!
Happy '25th'Birthday To One Amazing Young Man!!!
Considering Trust With Great Joy,
Happy Birthday Matthew!! a quarter of a century ;) What a miracle you are!!!ReplyDelete
I agree, what a miracle!! He looks so great! Happy birthday!!ReplyDelete
What a sweet post and tribute to your son. Thanks for sharing it.ReplyDelete