This post is part of a series: 31 Days of Support for your Special Needs Parenting Journey.
As I was being pushed in a wheelchair down the hallway leading to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to see my baby daughter for the first time, the faces of children in poster-size photographs smiled down on me being wheeled by. Little did I know how often I would be seeing these photos, or how in the days, weeks, and even months ahead I would come to view each one as its own ray of hope down the otherwise gloomy hallway.
In that moment I had no idea of the six month roller-coaster ride that lay before us, and I never dreamed that the end of the NICU journey would mark the beginning of another one.
This Journey Our Life
Six months after our daughter’s miraculous birth we left the NICU journey behind, only to embark on a different one, a journey we’ve been traveling now for eight years.
This journey has taken us down a different—and longer—corridor than the one we walked numerous times during our daughter’s hospitalization.
This journey is our life of parenting a special needs child.
Is this the path you find yourself trudging along? If so, my heart wants to reach out to hug yours.
I want you to know that I care.
Because I’ve been walking this journey for the past eight years myself, I know how you feel. I want to reach out to you, offering the encouragement and support for which you long.
During the next 30 Days I will post daily on a variety of topics with one focus in mind: supporting you as the parent of your special needs child.
I shared our story as a way of introduction because I want you to know I’m right there along side of you, walking a similar path to your own.
This journey is my life, but this journey is your life too.
Today, I’d love the opportunity to get acquainted with you, so feel free to leave a comment introducing yourself—I enjoy hearing from my readers!
P.S. Have an extra minute? Check out a few of my blogging friends also participating in the 31 Days challenge, hosted by the Nester.
Christina at The Frugal Homemaker will motivate you to finally complete those projects you have pinned .
Christa at Brown Sugar Toast will help you discover the hidden blessings in your life.
Heather at Thrifty Stories will inspire you to leave fingerprints of love for your family through homemade living.
And when you do stop by their blogs, leave them a comment letting them know I sent you!