Big gifts sometimes come in small packages

Friday, June 27, 2008


My son has ADHD and tourette syndrome, which means that he doesn't always fit in with other kids at school. He has trouble socializing, and this past year his disabilities started becoming evident to the other children in his school. It was easy for him to become a target for discrimination, and despite a wonderful, supportive teacher and staff, there were some tough times. As a mother, I wanted to protect him from all of this ugliness. What I didn't know is that my son had some amazing powers of his own. He might be small, but he's mighty. A super hero of my very own.

Click on the photo for a closer look if you'd like to read the journaling.

15 comments:

Tiffany Johnson said...

This layout just brought some tears to my eyes ;) It's really very beautiful and so so so special. TFS with us.

Stampin n da Hood said...

THIS is a FABulous layout, T!
I love how it shows that everyone can be super duper in their own rights!

Elaine said...

LOVE your layout and it's wonderful of you to share it with all of us! I feel like i know you a little more now now. Thanks for sharing with all of us! What a great kid and what an awesome mom you are!! Love, Elaine

Kristine said...

This is awesome! What a way to document some 'difficult' times yet you have still kept the focus positive. Great job. Your guy is truly a champion.

Susan said...

That is a great layout. What a gift you are giving to your son by seeing the positives in him!

Marcie said...

This is a fantastic layout for a fantastic kid!

Jena said...

Wow, what an amazing layout - priceless!

Stacy said...

Truly amazing!

Lori said...

Such an awesome layout. Kids are super and they find "their" own ways to amaze us. Enjoy the journey and it looks like you are doing a wonderful job in raising him! You have a really nice blog!

HaleyD said...

Incredible layout for an incredible boy! May you both continue to find courage and strength in face of difficulty. Thanks for celebrating and sharing a little bit of your boy w/us.

Tomie said...

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Kim said...

This is a great layout! TFS

Melissa said...

Love your artwork! I nominated you for the Brillante Webblog award. You can see it on my blog: http://stampinwithmj.blogspot.com/.

Have a great day!

Stephanie said...

great layout Tresa. I like the curved edges on the photo. Your artwork is always honest .

Your son is lucky to have such an understanding mom. Yes , as a primary teacher, I have seen that grade 3 is a tough year for kids with high needs because it is the year in primary ed. where independent thinking reading becomes critical in the classroom. The programs in grade 4-6 will require more and more in depth thinking, reading and analysis, and kids who have a tough time concentrating will require patience and support. As he gets older, and life's expectations and experiences become more challenging, he will be able to draw on the strength you have given him . Keep reading to him at home and have him read to you too!
all the best to you! Stephanie

April said...

Your journaling brought tears to my eyes. My Ethan has many of the same struggles - he has ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome also going into 4th grade and I know what you mean about those struggles with beind different.
What a cool layout!

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