Some of you may remember my frustration when I found out that one of the local churches wouldn't allow Yan into VBS because she still uses pull-ups. I'm sure that it was more than the pull-ups that they were afraid of. After that incident I found out about a wonderful program at nearby "Christ Presbyterian Church". Every year they host a "Very Special Bible School"...let me tell you, it is the BEST EVER!!!
It is one thing when you are looking for people that will 1) Include your child with special needs. 2) Be attentive, kind, patient and take care of your child with special needs. But it takes it to a whole new level when a group of people feel excited and blessed to work with your child with special needs! As a parent, I feel blessed to be with Yan on a daily basis. To me she radiates God's perfection, joy and happiness. But, it's really hard to find others who will take the time to get to know her and see the same joy in her.
When we arrived at our first morning of VSBS, we were greeted by Yan's assigned special helper, Wheat. Wheat is a totally caring, joyful young woman. When I came to pick her up she said, "Do you know what a blessing Yan was to me today?" :-) She tried to learn some signs, just because she thought it would let Yan know that she loved her and that she was trying to understand what she was saying. She has told me positive after positive thing about what Yan has done everyday...it has been a breath of fresh air. Wheat is a gem!! If you're reading this Wheat, we love you!
I'm sad that it ends tomorrow, but am so glad that we found out more about the ministries that the church provides. We will be back! I also feel blessed that I've finally met several moms in the area that all have children with Down Syndrome. I'm grateful that God has spoken to churches like this and that they are reaching out to be the hands and feet of Christ!
Pictures posted are: Yan and Wheat (Yan was not interested in looking...I've got to try and get a better picture of them tomorrow). And a glimpse of our days...how many times to you push your stroller full of pull-ups with no pants and a cowgirl hat on roller skates? :-)