Understanding that Life is Different but NOT Impossible

This morning another sweet mom tagged me in a story [swipe to view it👉🏽] that expressed how moms of special needs kid “understand” each other. How we’ve had to mourn the fact that life is different than what we may have expected.

There’s a lot of that I can relate to when it comes to grieving life as we “wanted”, but there was one line her post got me thinking. Her post read, “We’ve mourned the fact that we never got to relax and sip wine in Italy”

As part of this “sisterhood” I wanted to post and support through and through. However, the reality is that I can’t relate. I HAVE relaxed and sipped wine in Italy.

I don’t say that to brag but to encourage.
Encourage you to plan the trips. Do the things. Live life.

This picture is of my younger brother Austin (who has SMA and uses a wheelchair) and my younger sister Kaitlyn (who has muscle weakness and walks but needs assistance) Here we are shown in Mykonos, Greece. We had an amazing vacation to Italy and Greece two summers ago. This picture represents our large family that includes two of us in wheelchairs and my sister needing help walking around (in not so accessible places) Together we are traveling through amazing places in Italy and Greece including Rome, Santorini and Capri.

THREE of the four of us siblings live with some form of a disability but we never let that stop our family.

My parents taught us never to let the hard things in life hold us back from really living.

Yes raising special needs kids is hard. And a lot of work. Raising kids period is hard and a lot of work but I’m so glad I get to teach my kids what was taught to me, No matter what hand you’re dealt, live well with it.

Because of this, some of my favorite memories with my brother, before he went to heaven, are trips like this one. Or the ones to Mexico or Jamaica or Vegas or Nashville. Memories I’ll always treasure. Moments we got to LIVE!

So even if you have to take a few extra bags or a couple wheelchairs to Europe. DO IT!!
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