Independent Concentration

I try... but it is hard - to allow your children to do things for themselves; even if it means there is a bit more mess involved. I want them to be around me - helping me - learning.

Life gets a little more complicated in the child raising department when you have been blessed with a special needs child. The nights are longer. The childhood milestones take longer to reach. Simple things are difficult. Things that I can do quickly and with little to no mess become time consuming tasks for Zak and usually there is a fair amount of cleanup awaiting me. I find it is easier - man times - just to do it myself. But when I cave in I find something precious missing from the equation. The twinkle in his eye that says, "I did it!"

I captured him doing, learning and being productive. The look of total concentration and focus on his work encouraged me to keep pushing - to keep teaching. I want a boy that can say:
"I did it!"
"I am important!"
" My family needs me."
"I have a purpose!"
I took these pictures to remind me what it's all about.

May I never forget that it is my job as his Mom to take him as far as he can go.

"God give me patience to allow him to learn; and God, through him teach me - there is so much I need to learn!"




Adrianna Gimbel said...

That's just awesome Martie! Thanks for the little reminder to all of us parents!

Sharon said...

Bless you Martie! God knew you two were meant for each other. You're in my prayers.

Melissa said...

Yeah, Zak! I am soooo proud of him (and you)!

~~Deby said...

Praying that the Lord will continue to guide and strengthen you and yours as you raise this little guy...the pictures are great, Martie