On June 4, 2015 my middle child, Marissa, overcame so many challenges mentally and physically and graduated from High school with a basic High School diploma. We originally thought she would have to go with the state mandated special needs options but Belton High School pushed her (and I said many a prayer) and Marissa went into regular ed classes. I could not be more proud than I am of this child. All my children give me a reason to be proud to be their mom but his one-well, she’s just a miracle!
The doctor’s told me when she was born not to expect much from her. They said I needed to prepared for an early departure from her-maybe by age 2. But Marissa (and God) had other plans. Her first 5 years were pretty traumatic. About 5-6 surgeries including 2 brain surgeries. It is because of this child that I developed a relationship with the Lord. When she was having her second brain surgery after having a shunt malfunction, we had a 2 week stay in the hospital. However, one night I couldn’t sleep. I was worried. Marissa was always a lively little girl. Never sad always happy. But for the first time I saw my daughter’s struggle. I saw her in pain and suffering. Any mother out there can relate to me saying nothing will bring you to your knees faster than your child’s sufferings.
So I took a stroll down to the chapel where the woman in the room next to us had been staying. After a long talk and a lot of crying, she saved me. She showed me how to have an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So, even though our first five years were rocky, if Marissa had not been in my life, I don’t know that I would know the Lord as I do now. She is a blessing for a lot of reasons.
So this post is dedicated to one of my 3 most precious accomplishments in this life -Marissa Ashley Medina
Graduation week started with the Baccalaureate services on Sunday.
And she did it! So now we can go party for Project Celebration. That was kind of when it all sank in for me that my baby girl, this little girl who took me to Holland instead of Italy (only special needs mom really know this reference) has grown into a beautiful young woman. Even though I went to Holland instead of Italy, it has been the best ride of my life! We have had ups and downs but it is these ups and down that have helped me grow as an individual, a woman and a mother.
A week later we had her graduation dinner with the family and friends
Look at that yummy goodness inside that cake!!!
And then there’s the party itself. My mom and aunt, Juana, on my mom’s side helped out tremendously; Without them this event would not have happened since I have been wrapped up in my wedding as well as my career. I don’t know what I would do without my parents and all the support they give me and my children.
My aunt made these awesome centerpieces pictured just below my beautiful niece and brother.
Then Marissa visited with some very close friends and relatives. We opted for a Mexican retaurant venue we use for work quite often. Rio Bravo in Plano is the best! The staff was cordial and they are always awesome to us.
There’s Rhea who was her shadow at Fellowship Church Grapevine since she was in 2nd grade. However, the two quickly connected and Rhea became family very quickly giving me a break as a single mom she and Rick would pick up Megan, Marissa and MacKenzie to give me a break once a month. Total Godsends those two are……..
All in all it was a great two week span celebrating Marissa and her accomplishments. It use to terrify me to get her into adulthood. But now, I know God has plans for her. I don’t know what they are, but they are there. Together, Marissa, Lee and I will figure them out for her. And I will continue to be blessed to be her mom!
God bless and goodnight!
An extremely blessed mom in TX