Rhema & Jacky May 2014 SNAG-0014Family….

Our precious friend Jackie is moving to Texas, so Rhema and I drove over for a farewell lunch to give her a hug.  Jackie was hugely instrumental and supportive when we first arrived in Alabama.  We’d just moved back to Alabama after we lost our house and the majority of it’s content and Rhema was still very unstable with her Hydrocephalus.  Jackie headed up a small support group for mommas who had children with special needs.  We talked on the phone and I drove up to the meetings, 45 minutes one way, once a month to be with her and the other moms.  There was no other family there with Spina Bifida, but just being amongst other moms who were on a similar journey helped me.  Listening to Jackie talk, she is a seasoned momma of a child with Rett, some how helped me feel I could do all this.  It was a dark time for me and our little family and folks like Jackie made me feel like I was not alone.

Jackie’s daughter, Amber, passed away last year and I’ve watched her grieve.  I’ve listened to her heart as she’s processed this loss, watched her cry, cried with her and staying on my knees in prayer for her many a day.  This is one of the strongest mommas I know and I’m saddened to have her move so far away.  We will keep up, of course, via Facebook, emails, etc… but it’s not the same and I feel the loss.  Its’ funny too, because we are not too too close, but I feel the loss nevertheless.  The bond between mommas, who have children with special needs, never ceases to amaze me.  It is an instantaneous bond; a phenomena I’ve never experienced any where else.  Just knowing her has made me a better momma to Rhema, for that I thank her from the bottom of my heart.  Say a prayer for this precious lady who is embarking on a new chapter for herself and her family in Texas.  Rhema and I thank you……