This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jesus gift - hope!

Just wanted to share a positive story for once. On Christmas Eve we celebrate Jesus' birthday by giving Him gifts. These are spiritual gifts (kind of like New Year's Resolutions) that we know He would want for us (like spending more time with our family, going to church more, having a better attitude...).

This was going to be the first Christmas since Bear came to live with us 7 years ago, which is when we started this tradition, that we were going to celebrate without him. Bear called just as we were getting started, and was able to tell me his (amazing) Jesus' present.  To summarize, he wants to come home, take his meds, get right with God, stay off drugs... I know not to put all my faith in this, but when he moved out almost a year ago, I thought we'd lost him and nothing we'd done had made a difference. Apparently I was wrong!

My Jesus gift:

Dear Jesus,

My gift to you is to get to bed earlier and support my family cheerfully and tolerantly.


Johanna said...

Just when we have lost hope, there is a little glimmer of something from those we love and despair of. My kiddo can be completely oblivious and mean all day long and then he'll say something in his evening prayers and there will be that little glimmer of wanting to be better that gives me hope. Hope 2013 is a good year for you and your family.

RADMomINohio said...

What a wonderful present, for all. I also hope you and your family have a good year. A better year. That's been my measurement. Better than the last.