Even Ellie gets discouraged.
Most of you see her like this.
And, praise the LORD, she is like this most of the time.
But, some days.....
Some days she's had enough. Enough wearing pull-ups. Enough wearing braces. Enough of her difficulties.
Our trips to Shriner's in the late summer brought on some down times for Ellie. She usually takes set-backs in stride, but not this time. She didn't like being fitted for her back brace. She began to realize that might not be very comfortable.
She cried when she saw her new shoes with the lift on them.
We had a tough few days, off and on. Extended family came over to visit at my mom's and they were all swimming. Ellie couldn't swim after her surgery. :( And, she was sad. :( Grandma, though, let her be queen of the inside, painting and playing on the computer.
Then, there was a birthday party to which she was invited. With her new braces, cathing, being certain she didn't put any pressure on her right leg during the healing process, I told her she couldn't go.
Oh, how she cried.
And, when the school nurse came to take her to restroom, she cried more.
She told. Mrs. Angela how unfair her life was. She told her she wanted to be able to swim and run on the playground like the other kids. She wasn't being loud our ugly, just mournful.
Angela came to me in tears. She said, "It would be different if she were like this all of the time, but she's not. She's right. It's not fair."
And, we made a plan. Ellie went to the party, and even stayed until almost midnight. She just didn't stay the night. And, she was happy.
But, we all need to remember those for whom life is challenging. They have down days, too. Pray for the children and pray for their parents. Pray for their caregivers. May we listen for the wisdom from above that helps us teach them they are fearfully and wonderfully made.
May Ellie experience grace as she grows older. May she know grace and be graceful. May she continue to encourage others as we continue to encourage her. May she know the LOVE of our Savior more deeply as she leans on Him. May she experience the abundant life He died for her to have.