One Day at a Time

Oh, 2022, where have you gone? It’s December, and I can feel the year fading fast. I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect and update. I have been on an unintended/unplanned sabbatical of sorts. I write on this site to encourage special needs parents and caregivers, yet this year I had to take some time away, and I needed to remind myself often of the very things I tell others. “Take one day at a time. Brighter days will come. Ask for help. Have a heart of gratitude and trust God.”  I was presented with a season to practice what I preach!

We had a challenging year with our daughter’s health. She had medicine changes, seizures, and a stay in the hospital. We had to change our schedules and routines for months to accommodate her care. But changing medicines and routines are the easy part. Feeling the loss of control to change the circumstances, to change her diagnosis, to stop a seizure, to stop times of her suffering, that’s the hard part. That is the near-impossible part. Loss of control is not my friend.

Thankfully, we know the One who is in control. As a believer in Jesus Christ, we have access to His help. He provided people to help us care for our daughter at our home for days at a time. He provided a new doctor. He provided new medicines. He provided good insurance. He provided hope.

And lastly, He provided fresh starts, new days, flowers that bloomed in our yard, friends that ate around our table, and so much more.

Things are looking up around here! Winter is at the door, and the days are getting shorter. We will welcome the fireplace time and too many blankets on the couch. Spring is months away, but in many ways can come anytime we welcome it into our homes. Winter can share some of spring’s strengths -personal growth, blooming gratitude, new buds of hope, and fresh starts too!

Lamentations 3:22-23 The Steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.