“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” ~Emily Kimbrough
There is a lot of stumbling around here. Most of it is my fault. Or really it’s my DAD’s fault. You see, he is such a klutz. He drops, he spills, and he breaks. EVERYTHING. And then he passed it on to me. And then I passed it on to Kieren. Yesterday Kieren came down the hall crying her eyes out and when I asked what was wrong she said she bumped into the wall. THE WALL. Walls don’t move, but I wasn’t shocked a bit. Kieren is constantly falling and breaking things. The hard part is to not laugh at her while she is grieving her latest bump or bruise.
Emotionally the Prince family seems to be pretty clumsy lately, as well.
We are bumping and bruising and falling and breaking. Things have been difficult over the past month.
There are many lessons we are learning now that Keller has brought us into the SPECIAL NEEDS community, and one of them is that you can’t do this alone. We cannot bring Keller to healing and growth and fullness ALONE. As great and intelligent as we are, we need a team of people to come around us and walk with us through the journey.
We are beginning FINALLY to assemble Keller’s ‘TEAM.’ Kids with autism need a team of therapists and doctors to help walk with them towards communication and social skills. We have some great people with us and things are starting to look stronger. But there are still many, MANY stumbles and falls on this path, and I know we need more than just a team of doctors and therapists.
We are meeting with one therapist named Bethany who lives in Scottland and feels that God wants her to come visit us on a MISSION TRIP. Yep, she wants to do a mission trip to the MISSIONARIES. It’s insane. You can learn more about her trip here. But even as we begin to meet with her and others, so often I feel completely overwhelmed and emotional. It still seems surreal at times, like I am living someone else’s life.
And just when I need it someone comes and grabs my hand to help me walk the next step. We need each other and I have never known it more deeply than in these days. We couldn’t survive without people holding our hands. Keller needs a strong team, but all of the Prince’s need a team to hold our hands and walk with us.
Thank you to those who are holding our hands both near and far. We feel it and we will keep holding on as we stumble ahead.