My TT was 13 things living with Rick (my brother with down's syndrome) has taught me. On Sunday his group home had a Christmas open house so my parents, and Cathy and I went over to visit for a while. Rick wasn't too happy and kept pushing mom to the door. He's not used to us going to visit him there. Every time we show up it's to take him home for a few days so he wasn't too happy with us.
Growing up with a brother with special needs has certainly impacted the lives of each family member in every way. Rick has taught me so much about love, and loving unconditionally. I marvel when I look at how each of us have turned out and the fields we all went into. We all ended up in fields ministering to people. The life of one person impacted 6 others (not to mention my parents) so profoundly. God has a purpose for each life ... no matter the value we, as humans, put on that life.
Looking back, I can see how God has used the life of one little boy to prepare me to raise another little boy. Growing up with one child with disabilities gave me what I needed to raise another child with a disability. I guess Rick has been the best teacher I have ever had.