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The Struggle is Real

I'm going to be very transparent for a moment. I want you all to know that my life is not perfect ...I am a work in progress. Last night I had a moment and it came out of nowhere. I was watching a video of a young girl singing "Home" by Stephanie Mills. Something about her eyes reminded me of my own daughter. Thinking of how Eden would be at her age brought on other thoughts. It made we wonder what life would be like for her when she had to enter the real world. 

You see, I created my challenges in life ...Eden's were created with her. And that makes all the difference in the world.  A world that was not and is not designed with her in mind. It makes me aware of all the things I've taken for granted.

As a mother I desire change ...real change. Society dictates what is acceptable ...the reason why our kids are not on magazine covers or cereal boxes. And I'm not talking popularity ...I'm speaking about inclusion. When we see something often ...we become aware that it exist.  If our children were treated and accepted like the 'typical" kid ...other children/adults wouldn't have a hard time accepting their differences. I don't want my daughter to have to explain why she is who she is every time she walks in a door. Inclusion and acceptance is due to her and all other kids. Where do I go from here? I'm not so sure, all I know is that I have to do what I can for my child ...I owe her that. She is so brave and so strong and so worth it. 

I must admit ...at first I wondered what I had done in my lifetime for my child to deserve such challenges. Now I sit back and watch her and feel beyond blessed. She has saved my life and made my existence meaningful. I'm so proud to be her mother and I pray that she understands the blessing that she is and the unconditional love that I own for her. 

-Missy

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