My sweet cousin Bede was born with down syndrome 20 years ago. He has brought so much Love and Laughter into this family. I am sad that we have not had more time over the years to spend with him due to us living in Florida. Our children LOVED hanging out with Bede. As soon as he got off the school bus, our kids would go running, anxious to greet him! It was very sweet watching them interact with one another. They all knew that even though Bede was 20 years old, he had the heart of a child!! The connection they had was precious.
Our family has the uttermost respect for my aunt, uncle and cousins. Watching the way they have handled and taken care of Bede over the years is truly inspirational. They are the most loving, patient and gentle people I have met in a long time. It is not easy taking care of a child with a disability, one who needs care and attention 24/7. My uncle and his family have often put Bede’s needs before their own consistently demonstrating sacrificial love. This is a true picture of love in action! It has taken a whole lot out of them as they have selflessly raised Bede to be the amazing young man he is today. Words can not express how proud I am of my family. They are heros in our book! Parents of special need children should be recognized and appreciated for all that they do, day in and day out.
Bede sure brought a whole lot of joy into our lives the past few days. We could not have been in a better home this week, one that was filled with an abundance of LOVE and tons of LAUGHTER. We miss you all so much already.
*To the parent(s) of a child with special needs- We hope you feel appreciated for what you are doing, every minute of every day, as you selflessly take care of your precious child. Even on days when you feel noone notices, please know that God sees and he surely notices. YOU are AMAZING!! Thank you for being an example to others, showing us what sacrificial love looks like. We pray that God will continue to give you all the strength, rest, patience and wisdom you need each and every day. May your home be filled with tons of LOVE and LAUGHTER. I definitely think there is a special reward for you in Heaven. 🙂