We don’t always realize how beautiful the tapestry of our life is turning out to be.  We get caught up in the busy of everyday life and fail to take note of the extraordinary way He weaves things together.  Friends, even when life doesn’t make sense or you are left wondering why God lays something on your heart but doesn’t explain His plan, trust that He has a purpose for ALL things in our lives.  Seeing those things come to fruition is truly a beautiful thing.

I have always had a special place in my heart for children with special needs, specifically Down Syndrome.   I worked as a case manager for children with developmental disablities back in 2007 and LOVED it.  Many of you that read here know I advocate for Reece’s Rainbow, an agency that assists in the adoption of children with Down Syndrome from all across the world.  I have wanted to adopt a child with Down Syndrome for years but with my health issues it is not likely to become a reality.

But, God!  He doesn’t lay a passion on our heart for no reason.

Back in 2010 when Shayla came into our lives, we were blessed to also meet and fall in love with Shawn, her little brother.  Shawn lives with severe developmental delays including a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.  At the time we met Shawn, he was 9 years old and lived in a residential setting for children with special needs that was more than an hour away.

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Over the last few years, as an unlikely friendship has blossomed with Shayla’s biological mom, we have rallied for Shawn to come back and live at home with his mom.  She has made such huge strides in her life over the last few years and has worked hard to complete all the steps required to gain back custody of Shawn.  I couldn’t be more proud of her. We have grown to adore Shawn {and that feeling is mutual, I’m happy to report}.  He has spent many a holiday and weekend with us and we have visited him several times at the facility where he has lived for the past 3 1/2 years.

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This Friday Shawn came home to live with his mom!!! We hosted a celebration dinner at our house Saturday evening. The joy of this moment- of a foster child reunited with his mom- brings me to tears.  I am so honored to be walking this journey with Leslie, with Shayla and with Shawn.

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Isn’t he a cutie?

Will you join me in praying for this little family?  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of us through this next chapter. And, I am so honored that God has allowed me to be a part of all of it.

Welcome home, Shawn!

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