Eighteen years ago, our oldest son was born. It was the beginning of October. He was due at the end of December. He weighed in at 3 pounds, 1 and 1/4 ounces. (Quarter ounces count when you’re that tiny.)
We were told he would be a vegetable.
We were told he would never go to school.
They were wrong.
While he is severely disabled physically, and uses a wheelchair, the predictions about school turned out to be completely false.
He is now in his senior year, in a regular school, with regular classes, a full schedule, no modifications, and is earning a 3.8 GPA.
To this I shout- “Way to go, Dude! NEVER let them get you down!”
We are going to celebrate this huge milestone with a “Hey, Dude!” party theme, and I really wanted to create a special card to honor him.
I was inspired for the layout by this week’s sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. I can always count on them for incredible ideas.
Here is the sketch:
And here is the inside of the card, which I created on my computer and printed on very vanilla cardstock:
If you are reading this, and you have been told discouraging, even devastating news, my heart is with you.
I have lived devastation.
But I have also lived with the incredible joy that only a perfectly able (even though severly disabled) son can bring.
“I will sing of Your mercy, that leads me through valleys of sorrow, to rivers of joy.”
(From “The Valley Song” by Jars of Clay)
Wherever you find yourself right now, may you find “rivers of joy” too, friends.