Gracie is a brand rep for a new company – Littlest Warrior. The owner is a fellow mom that has her own special baby that has a little something extra, like Gracie! They also have a great Facebook page and Instagram page where they feature Gracie and other kiddos in their amazing shirts! I’m so excited to see this company spread awareness for special needs and show the world that different is still perfect.
Here is one of my favorite shirts:
Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kinglsey
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……
When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”
“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”
But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.
Isn’t that a cool way to look at it? I disagree a bit about the pain and envy the author talks about, but it is still a good perspective.
This journey we are taking with Gracie is much different than anything we had planned, but praise God for His perfect plan and for blessing us with Gracie. I can’t express to you how amazing it is to have moments where God shows us why He chose us to be her family to take care of her here on earth, in a way that would glorify Him.
I’m so grateful for our little Holland tour guide.