I love that. For years, I have struggled with my middle ds, Paul. I wanted him to be socially outgoing, easier to discipline, easier to feed, easier to dress, less strong-willed, and frankly, more like my oldest ds. However, I had an "aha" moment when reading Snowflake Bentley last year.
Wilson Bentley was most assuredly a "different" sort of fella, but he contributed to the world in a very real way. My ds Paul is for sure "different" from the norm, but he is who God made him and I need to love and encourage him for who he IS and not try and make him any different. He has challenges and heaven knows, he challenges me constantly, but he is also wonderfully sweet, loving, and completely God's creation.
I decided to try and be more like Wilson Bentley's mom. She not only accepted his differences, she encouraged him, spent money on him, and loved him for who he was.
Hollie, my boys don't have the same challenges as your children, but what encourages me is that I know for a fact God made them exactly the way they are supposed to be. It is my challenge to encourage their strengths and help their weaknesses.
Esther wife to Steve, Mom to John Henry-16yrs, Paul-12.5yrs, Sam-11yrs and Lizzy-7yrs
To teach children, you must love who they are, not what you want them to be. The Trouble With Boys, Peg Tyre