|May we always be connected
in our traveling journeys.
And may you
how deeply you are loved
how your life shines brightly.
And how your heart is never alone.
-The Kelly Rae Roberts Collection-
With our month theme, Connection: The lives you touch, coming to an end, I reflect on the relationship I have with my daughter. Having a 12 year old daughter who has a great time being around her parents is such a blessing. Having a daughter, who is also a sibling of special needs child, is also challenging. For in that relationship, a look at her needs to “feel” special must be addressed.
Sometimes it can seem as if Autism encompasses everything, and she can take on a responsibility to always correct her 10-year-old brother’s behavior. Relieving her of that duty is a constant conversation. However, I know there will always be some sort of responsibility she will endure.
At the beginning of the year, my “conscious” effort was to cultivate a relationship in Consciousness with my daughter. With our bedtime prayer & meditation we grow closer in Spirit. Whenever I find a quote or image of connection or humor, I place them in a file created on our computer. She selects some to print and places in her school locker or in her binder. She finds a sense of peace throughout the day with these prints. For Valentine’s Day, the art piece from The Kelly Rae Roberts Collection was found in a mall gift store. The words alone sparked a deeper conversation between us. To delve deeper into our own thoughts, this wonderful mother-daughter journal. Just between us: A no-stress, no-rules journal for girls and their moms by Meredith & Sophie Jacobs. The whole section of starting the process is a great process, it’s all about collaboration. And, as suggested, I created a “special” fancy pen to write in it. With all this cultivation we’re getting ready for next month’s theme, SHINE!!
Cultivating relationships through journaling.