Over the years since Noahs arrival I have always wondered what people thought who were looking in from the outside.
I’m well aware from the many many messages we receive that our story has had the power to not only inspire others, but Im hoping made them think about how much goes on in the world of families living with disability.
But with that said, what makes us as a family and Noah in particular realise that he is also lucky in the life that he has been given?
It would be very easy for me as a parent given all of Noah’s challenges to allow him to be, I suppose you could say feel sorry for himself and believe that the weight of the world is on his shoulders and in a way that the world owes him something.
But I can tell you now, that is not the way Denis and I have decided to bring Noah up in this at times, hard world we live in!
No sir, we have always made Noah not only believe in himself but also constantly remind him how lucky even with all his challenges he actually is.
One thing we have tried to do the last couple of years in November is the Christmas Shoebox appeal, and I think this goes some of the way to remind both of our children how fortunate they actually are.
Team Hope who organise the Christmas Shoebox Appeal, you can find their website here on this link – Team Hope Website.
In their own words the Christmas Shoebox Appeal is as follows:
We give your Christmas Shoebox gift right into the hands of some of the world’s most vulnerable children – many of whom will receive no other gift this Christmas. For some it’s the first gift they’ve ever received.
It’s hope, it’s God’s love, it’s joy and excitement –
It’s the whole of Christmas wrapped up in a Shoebox !
I urge you to go to the website and watch some of the videos of the kids opening the shoe boxes it truly would bring a tear to your eye.
So this year as the kids filled up their shoeboxes and as I explained to both of them the importance of giving to others less fortunate than ourselves.
Yes Ivy had to get in on the pic as well!!
I said to myself “you know what you got this parenting business, keep it up!!”
All our love
Our Wheely Big Journey xx
**featured image is from the Team Hope Facebook page.