Happy Birthday Wil

It is Wil's second birthday. He doesn't know that it is his birthday, though I suppose not many two year old's fully grasp the concept. Wil has Down syndrome. At two, Wil does not yet speak or walk, he has trouble with play that is typical for other kids his age, he cannot drink from anything other than a bottle and he cannot sit safely in a chair. He doesn't know how crazy we are about him. There is a lot that he just doesn't get. And we have no idea when he will. We don't know at what point he will understand what his birthday is all about. We don't know when he will begin speaking and how clear his speech will be when he does. There are a lot of unknowns. Two years ago these unknowns haunted us. Today they are not so important.

Here is what we do know. Wil has the most genuine and joyful smile around. He loves to make us laugh and is incredibly flirtatious. He loves music and demonstrates this with his own special dance. He knows exactly where to find the button on every toy in the house that makes music and pushes them often. He does not like anything to be on table tops; he clears all that are within reach. He can communicate through sign language, signing eat, sleep, more, please, all done, and bath. He loves to show you what a big boy he is by reaching for the sky and if he hears anyone clapping he will cheerfully join in. We know that he loves his brothers and takes delight in them. He and Timothy have there own special language and he and Luke enjoy seeing who can make the craziest sounds. We know that in his own time he will walk and talk and drink from a cup. He will go to school and have his own interests. And in his own time he will understand what his birthday is all about. We know that he is precious and we know that God designed him to be exactly who he is. We know that we are the fortunate ones to have Wil in our lives.

And one day, in his time, he will know how much we love him.

Happy Birthday Sweet Wil!


Ctina said...

I miss you guys and your awesome boys! Glad to hear that things are going a little better than when you guys first got to SC. I'm also excited that you have a blog now, I do too! http://tinalinacwill.blogspot.com/

We're praying for you guys!

janethayes said...

I am so glad that you have found that place that allows you to embrace all that comes with your child. It was so freeing when I got there re Benjamin. He began talking at age 3 1/2. He still must think hard about what it is he wants to say and retrieve the word. My friend Thomasena has a son with Down Syndrome. He now reads speeches by himself in public at age 12. It is so cool to watch him beam with pride when he finishes and knows that he has successfully completed a very difficult task. way cool. Ben still has trouble eating and has little self-regulation (keeping a walking pace, chewing food properly, etc), but can build all manner of spacecraft and has literally picked up violin. go figure. autism. God's wonders.

Scott&Mx said...

What a beautiful celebration of Wil! We are glad you guys are closer now and hope to get to know him (and his brothers) better.

janethayes said...

How did the special community outreach go? I was very excited to 'hear' how you guys literally hit the floor running. It is very nice knowing that praying for you has a tiny piece in what God is doing through you up there. I actually picture you all with wings on. Maybe those are actually your guardian angels. :) Janet

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