I’m not going to lie: Life has been pretty challenging for a while. Our sweet son is thirteen and has severe autism and epilepsy. We’ve been dealing with a lot of behavior and health issues. These last two weeks have been frustrating and heart-breaking. But the weekend before last, he had a good day, and we were able to meet family at the river like we have the last few years.
During that Saturday, our son had a smile on his face. He enjoyed swimming, managed the stress and sensory input like a master, and we formed new family memories that will always be treasured.
The next day, the behavior issues returned and have continued to increase since then. For now, even though I’ve had to put writing aside and focus on him and keeping my sanity, I’ve held on to how happy he was.
It’s been a reminder that sometimes we have to treasure the bright spots in life and continue to pray that those bright spots will expand and become more frequent.
Our family enjoys meeting and camping (or going for the day, in the case of myself and our son) at the river every summer. We swim, cook amazing meals over an open fire, play in the river, and enjoy each other’s company. Do you have any summer traditions?
Answer below, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of my book, Safe In His Arms. If you’ve read it, you can choose from one of the other books in the series, including the new release, Starting Anew. One winner will be randomly chosen Friday, August 9th, and contacted by e-mail. I look forward to reading your responses!