Posted by: Kathryn Craig | January 5, 2009

Oh happy day!

The day has finally arrived. Connor turned 17 today.
And his first comment to me was, “Do you know that I will be a man in one year, mom?”
Oh my goodness. I’m not one for old cliches, but time really does fly.

And as I do on every one of Connor’s birthdays, I reflect on what the day of his arrival was like.
I wasted a lot of tears.

I looked into the eyes of my little guy that day and instead of seeing the extra-chromosome twinkle, I saw the word, “retarded”.

And then,
I saw my pride.
I saw hopelessness.
I saw isolation.
I saw severe respiratory illness.
I saw failure.
I saw impossible.

But soon after,
God showed me humility.
God filled me with faith.
God brought lots of friends into our lives.
God touched Connor with His healing hand.
God showed me a future filled with love and acceptance and patience.
God made it possible.

The experts told me he may never speak.
I asked Connor to please stop being so chatty this evening.

So to the young man I shed too many tears over… happy birthday.

You are loved, and I am crazy about you.
God is working in you and through you.

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Responses

  1. I just discovered your blog. It’s very inspiring to read about Connor and all the things he’s doing. I look at my Leo (now 4 1/2) and daydream about all the things he will someday do. Thank you for sharing your life and your family. And happy birthday Connor!

    • Thanks! Fasten your seat belt… Leo will amaze you!


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