Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings

A Mother's Perspective

Posted on Sat, May 03, 2014
Being a mother of three boys, one with special needs, and a wife to a wonderful husband have been the most challenging jobs I have ever had. I had my life planned out as soon as I graduated high school. I got married to my husband, Scott, who promised to love me and make me his world when I was 20 years old. I was a travel agent and had the opportunity to travel to some beautiful destinations. When I turned 22, I had my first born son, Peyton, who was a complete joy. I won’t lie, it was very hard to be a mother at 22, and it turned out to be a little bit more difficult than I thought it would be. While I was pregnant with my second son, Dillon, we built a house and moved in before he was born.

We welcomed Dillon into our lives in March 2001. He was such a contented baby—he hardly fussed at all, and he smiled all of the time. The only thing that was strange is that he somehow had this internal clock that would wake him up every two to three hours during the night. I started noticing something different about him when he didn’t want to explore his surroundings. He was perfectly happy laying on the floor and playing with his one favorite toy. His fists stayed closed, he didn’t coo or make baby noises, and he didn’t follow any visual movements around him. He had no interest in learning to roll over, crawl, or to sit up. I heard about a “mother’s intuition” but never realized I had it until then.

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A video of hope...

Posted on Mon, Mar 03, 2014

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There is light...

Posted on Wed, Feb 12, 2014
So tonight we attended the simplified Jesus Cares service at Calvary... It was amazing.. Dillon sang while walking up and down the aisles... A record 54 adults with developmental disabilities attended and it was truly heartwarming to see. I had a moment when I looked around at everyone and it brought me to tears. Two years ago when Calvary opened their doors to these beautiful individuals they didn't sing, didn't shake their instruments, some didn't even look up... Now, they are singing, saying the Lord's prayer, and asking the pastor to pray for them. "K" asked if God could help him find a job, "J" asked if God could keep everyone warm, and "S" asked for comfort because he misses his mom. "S" is 70 years old maybe? I wonder how long it's been... My heart hurt... And then I started to think of all the people that I have met over the years that have opened their doors...opened their hearts...opened their lives to show me, Dillon, my hubby, my boys, this community, this world, that there is light in the midst of darkness, love does conquer fear, and that there is hope in a broken world. I'm glad I went tonight...I needed to see.
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A Moment to behold...

Posted on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Yesterday, Dillon's Occupational Therapist shared with me a moment that he said was a moment to behold.  He was eating in the cafeteria with some of his students and Dillon came over from the other side of the room to sit next to them.  He sat down next to a boy that was struggling to open his containers of food and Dillon immediately started to help him.  He opened them up and he placed them right in front of the boy. He then encouraged the boy to eat with his smile. My heart just squeezed with emotion when he shared this with me. I was so proud of him.

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What will happen when I'm gone?

Posted on Thu, Jan 09, 2014

Dear Friends,

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Blind eyes that see

Posted on Sat, Dec 21, 2013

Dear Dillon,

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Be Grateful...

Posted on Thu, Nov 28, 2013

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  Melody Beattie

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Finding your value…

Posted on Fri, Oct 18, 2013

I just have to share with you what I saw today.  I went to Wal-Mart this morning in my jammies. Yes, I did! And I’m not ashamed of it at all! It actually felt good to go somewhere wearing my comfy clothes.  I did it all the time when I was a stay-at-home mom and had no time or energy to take a shower in the morning, to put on some nice clothes (which I didn’t have), and to put my “face” on.  I wasn’t rushed today so I took my time. And I noticed a couple of things that made me think and see and then become grateful for.

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Tags: developmental disabilities, inspiration, Autism

The bond between brothers…

Posted on Mon, Jul 22, 2013
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Tags: special needs, inspiration, Autism

Everybody wants to be loved.

Posted on Tue, Jul 09, 2013

Everybody wants to be loved… This is a beautiful man with a very important message to those who feel broken, not worthy of being loved, and abandoned. It’s crucial to know that we are not alone in the walk of life and that through God anything and everything is possible.

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Tags: inspiration