Today you will find me at “Diving for Pearls.”
Katie Wetherbee is a new friend, who is actually an old friend. And by “old” I mean, she prayed for us during our journey with Noah through hearing of his blog. Earlier this Spring we were able to email back and forth and finally share ear to ear. I wish we lived where I could meet her face to face.
One night I sat and read through the story of Katie and her family. She has it neatly organized on her blog, so it’s easy to do. (Sorry. You won’t find that here. I’m still working on my organizational skills.) It was like a book I could not put down, reading her words, her experiences and emotions, and being able to picture the hospital life she lived with her daughter because of our personal experience.
Katie is a beautiful woman and a wonderful new friend! I love her heart and the core of the ministry she carries out on a daily basis. Her blog states, “Helping children with special needs thrive at home, school, and church.” She is the Director of Education for Key Ministry. This mission of Key Ministry is “to equip churches to welcome and include children and families affected by hidden disabilities in all aspects of the life of the church.” The website has great insight and resources to educate oneself and learn more about how we as a body of believers can build bridges and welcome every person into the walls of an actual church, and into the arms of a loving community.
As a mother, she is facing the out-of-state drive and delivery of her first born to college next fall, with a younger one still working through high school. I have one in diapers still and another just exiting 4th Grade in two weeks. We are in two very different phases of life, but I believe we all have much to learn from one another.
My heart in being part of this is to encourage families far and wide as they journey through parenting, no matter how it looks. Our son Noah passed away, but the time he was on this Earth I would say he had some very special needs. Had he lived, he would have been “labeled” as such and it would have been, and is, my heart, to know him intimately and love him especially the way he was, understanding his needs to help him flourish. Just as I try to do with my other two.