30 Reasons I’m Grateful I Get to Parent a Child with a Disability

* Because there’s a fierceness in my heart that wasn’t there before.

* They’ve taught me what relentless love looks like.

* They’ve introduced me to an amazing community of moms and dads who are tender fighters.

* They rescued me from a pointless path to pursuing perfection.

* They’ve taught me speed isn’t everything.

* They’ve taught me to speak up.

* Because they give the best hugs.

* Through them, I’ve experienced what pure joy is.

* They’ve shown me the value in being different.

* Because of them, I’m learning the language of advocacy.

* They’ve broadened my perspective.

* They’ve broken down my sense of entitlement.

* They remind me to not take things for granted.

* They show me the value of hard work.

* Because of them, I pay more attention to the whole world, not just the part of the world who looks, lives, and believes as I do.

* Because they have the sweetest dance moves.

* Because they’ve inspired me to be more involved in the world.

* Because they love hard and teach me to do the same.

* Because they’ve given me a new purpose.

* They are my ultimate teacher in affection.

* They inspire me to do hard things.

* Because their silliness lights up my world and encourages me to be silly too.

* They’ve taught me the importance and power of words.

* They’ve made me more aware of injustices and push me to act.

* Because they’ve taught me the importance of taking life one step at a time.

* Because they bring me back when to shore when I get tangled in the waves of fear.

* Because there’s a bit of magic embedded in that unique DNA and I get a front row seat to the show every day.

* I’ve witnessed them soften the hardest of hearts.

* Because they stretch me in ways no one else can.

* They’ve helped me find who I was always meant to be.

* Because when I found out about their diagnosis, I prayed for healing, but they made me realize I was the one in need of healing.

Yes, I am grateful I have a child with a disability.

It’s an adventure I never knew I wanted, and I’m so grateful for the ride.

Written by, Jillian Benfield

Jillian Benfield is author of the free e-book 5 Spiritual Comforts for Special Needs Parents. You can find her writings at JillianBenfield.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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