We are celebrating Andrew’s first day of 10th grade today! Many of you are celebrating right along with us because you know Andrew and can attest to the struggle his dad and I have had to get him to this point in his life. Yes, he’s in 10th grade, but he certainly doesn’t function as a typical 10th grader. You see, Andrew can’t read, can’t do basic math and is still unintelligible at times. But I’ll tell you what he can do:
💙 Andrew CAN light up a room with his infectious smile.
💙 Andrew CAN feel compassion for you when you are having a bad day.
💙 Andrew CAN hug you so tightly you feel like your suffocating.
💙 Andrew CAN put his arm around you and ask why you’re crying.
💙 Andrew CAN find humor in everyday life.
💙 Although once non-verbal, Andrew CAN now say, “I love you, Mom!”
💙 Andrew CAN (and does in such a profound and deeply mysterious way) show me Who God is!
💙 Andrew is made in God’s image! I have learned about God’s character in a way I never would have otherwise.
💙 Andrew creates in me a longing for heaven where there will be no more struggle. No more pain. And no more tears.
💙 Andrew keeps me on my knees in prayer. He is a vulnerable “man-child” who will require constant supervision and care for the rest of his life.
💙 Andrew keeps me humble!
Today is the first day of 10th grade! I can’t believe you are 15 years old already. Where does the time go? It seems like it was just yesterday you were a chubby little 1-year-old boy. I had to lie down with you every night in order for you to go to sleep. Even though you couldn’t communicate with me, I knew we had a bond. We would look out my bedroom window, and I would talk to you about the crickets making music when it was bedtime. We would look at the moon together, and we would marvel at God’s creation. I would sing to you and over you:
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty. There’s nothing my God cannot do for you!
I would rub your back until you fell asleep! Sometimes with stealth ninja moves, I would sneak out after you’ve fallen asleep in order to be with Daddy, but a lot of the times I would fall asleep, too. Daddy would come in and carry you to your bed.
I love you, Andrew! I hope and pray this school year is the BEST EVER!”