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These are the days

With all that we face on a daily basis, whether it be our own challenges, those of someone we love, or both…the words below ring so true. While living life with special needs or with someone else with special needs, the moment can get lost.

These are the days now that we must savour
And we must enjoy as we can
These are the days that will last forever
You’ve got to hold them in your heart.

Van Morrison, “These are the Days”

It is all too easy to get stuck in the “before” or the “after”…some days I find myself wishing for the days when it was all simpler; while other days I worry over the what the future holds. True happiness though is only right here, right now.

I love watching my mom with Kimberly. They have a way. A way of sharing special moments without the baggage I often bring. Many times I have walked into the room to see mom holding her, singing a song, eyes closed, just soaking it all in.


Recently I read a post at Love That Max listing the many reasons why special needs moms shouldn’t feel guilty (even though we do). It rang so true for me, I often get trapped in this vicious cycle. My goal is to improve though. Take a page from my momma’s book and just be there, wholly in the moment.

The future comes whether we want it to or not. We can’t beat ourselves up over how much therapy we miss over the summer, whether or not letting them watch the iPad a little too much is causing some kind of permanent damage, or if all of this is because of something we did (the greatest fear ever)…

My mom has taught me many things over the years, some lessons came much easier than others, but I know in my heart this is a big one. This is one that will let me enjoy what I have, while I have it. These are the days…

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Kimberly enjoying a moment in the wind
Photo courtesy of bellefleur photography










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  1. The photograph of Kimberly says it all. If we could just sit on a dock and tilit our heads to the wind and savor the moment. She is our greatest teacher. I know she was for me.

    • She is a great teacher Caroline…I learn from her constantly. XO

  2. Thank you – very sweet. Love the photos of Kimberly on the end of the pier.
    All my children and grandchildren have special places in my heart. Somehow Kimberly Rose seems to know how to tug, ever so gently, on those strings…

    • Does she ever….I feel so fortunate for both girls that they have such a close relationship with you. You will most certainly be one of the most important people in their lives…such a special love to know. (Sniff)

  3. I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

    • Thank you for your kind words. The theme was designed by a friend of a friend (kimtown-link to her info at the bottom of the home page) and many of the details and lovely photos are compliments of the talented Randi Greffeuille – Belle Fleur Photography.

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