I've seen so many posts of people answering the question "what were you doing 10 years ago?" Most of the time I would have to make up the answer, but I know exactly what I was doing 10 years ago today. I was in a hospital bed. In pain. Telling Roger that this would be our last, because I certainly couldn't go through another pregnancy and labor. Come to think of it, that's exactly what I was saying 16 months prior to that when I was giving birth to Sierra. But I disgress. This time I really meant it.
Little did we know what our lives would be like with this special child. Exhausting. Frustrating beyond all belief. I had never heard the word autism before, or have any idea the way our lives would be forever changed because of it. I have to laugh as I look through the pictures of him through the years. A majority of the time he was just in a diaper. If he was lucky he could find something to smear all over himself for a fabulous sensory buzz: mud, desitin, paint, peanut butter. Why the Lord chose to send a special needs child to me, I have yet to discover. But I do know that for all the trials and tribulations (most of which I have blocked out so I can function on a daily basis), our family will be forever grateful.
P. S. Make sure to watch out for my favorite "Brendan moment" : him soaking wet after leaping into the reflecting pool in front of the Mesa Temple. I'm sure that the Lord understood.