What is the most challenging part of being the type of mom you are? I never thought I’d give birth to a child. After years of infertility, several surgeries, and a miscarriage, Sarah was born as I turned forty. She was seven weeks premature weighing 3 lbs. 6 oz. Sarah is developmentally delayed and has a seizure disorder – yet she is the greatest gift I’ve ever received.
I had a dream before I knew I was pregnant. In the dream I saw a baby with a tiny tuft of hair on her head. A few weeks later, I decided to take a home pregnancy test. My husband and I were amazed that it tested positive. After Sarah was born, I realized that she was the baby in my dream. My Heavenly Father was letting me know that I was pregnant and a gift was on the way.
What is the most rewarding? These are the gifts my daughter gives me: Hugs, kisses, numerous trips to zoos, many zoo train rides, swimming even though I don’t look great in a suit, swinging in the park as a senior citizen, pausing to appreciate simple things in life like homemade waffles, decorating cookies, reading scriptures together, going to bed early not worrying where she is or what she is doing, hearing “I love you” every night after we say our prayers, sliding down a water park slide, wearing Halloween costumes, meeting other moms of special needs people forming a support group of friendship, years of learning about animals, too many pets to count, puzzles, working in the church nursery alongside Sarah, patience, devotion, empathy, compassion and achieving dreams (being an mother, teacher and author).
What do you think are the most important value(s) parents can instill in their children?
Knowledge that we are all Heavenly Father's children and he loves each and every one of us. I’m so blessed that my daughter loves to read the scriptures and faithfully goes to church with us. She is welcomed with open arms and compliments every Sunday.
If your child could describe you in 3 words, what would they be?
I asked my Sweet Sarah how she would describe me. She hesitated a long time. I began to worry. Then, she said, “as a lovin’ momma". Whew. My husband would describe me as: busy, One-Who-Doesn’t-Handle-Stress-Well, and an Animal, Nature and Zoo Lover
Susan Case is a former Special Ed., PreK and Kinder teacher who blogs at Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers. She is the author of Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tools, Tactics, Triumphs and Tasty Treats for Teachers and Parents and along with Katie Norris wrote The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn. Both have been Number 1 Bestsellers on Amazon.