Thankfulness List With My Special Needs Child

Sometimes it’s easy to dwell on the difficult things we face as parents of children with disabilities. As David’s special needs have increased over the years, especially as his Dystonia has developed, life has become more complicated. And although it’s easy to focus on the negative, by God’s grace, I try to choose to focus on the positive things daily. Here are some of the things I’m thankful about on a regular basis. Hopefully it will spark your own daily thankfulness list:

  • A kind caregiver with very similar values
  • An easy-going disposition from David
  • The freedom to have choices to work from home
  • That my husband still has his job in the newspaper world when so many others around him are losing theirs
  • That David has had excellent health. So many people with special needs have fragile health.
  • That David has developed his own ways of communicating his needs and wants.
  • For a good sense of humor.
  • For the knowledge and experience that God loves us and is lovingly sovereign.
  • That we have the freedom to have David home with us and take care of him ourselves (with the help of our part time caregiver too)
  • When I can’t think of anything to be thankful for, the one thing I can say is that, “Well, it could be worse!” :)

That’s my short list for today.  I find it helpful to start each day by saying outloud a few things like this that I’m thankful for. It sets the tone for the day.

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. “  Psalm 107:1

I am linking up with Ann at A Holy Experience today, where we are sharing our gifts to 1000 (and beyond).  Will you join me there?  Or leave a comment below and tell me how you are thankful today?

Have a blessed day!

Dayna

aka. hopebuilder

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4 Responses to Thankfulness List With My Special Needs Child

  1. Jamie says:

    Beautiful list! I especially like the “good sense of humor.” It is such good medicine for the soul!

  2. George says:

    Wonderful list. I admire your devotion to David.

  3. hopebuilder says:

    Jamie, thanks for stopping by again! Yes, humor is good medicine for the soul.
    George, thank you too, for stopping by. Taking care of David is a daily learning experience as well as an opportunity to die to self.
    Blessings!
    Dayna

  4. Tracey says:

    Hi Danya! Just popped over from inCourage. What a blessing you are! And I see we have a mutal friend…Hi Jamie (she’s such a great encourager)

    So nice to “meet” you. Look forward reading your words.

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