What Do You Say When a Miracle Turns 10?

What Do You Say When a Miracle Turns 10?

The happiness I have in my heart can hardly be given life with mere words. My oldest son, the one who has set us out on a journey that has tested our strength and fortified us individuals and as a family, turned 10 day.

Ten. Double digits. The Golden Birthday followed by Golden Years.

Jackson 11-12

Admittedly, I’m panicking a bit inside… I have a 10 year old son. Me. ME! 10… T. E. N. It doesn’t quite compute. Likely because a large part of our journey (to be read as, the entirety of our journey) has been held captive by constant turmoil, a seemingly plateau of development, and challenges no person could ever foresee… and happiness beyond measure.

I have never been prouder to be a parent. He has guided us, cheered us, relied on us, enlightened us and shown us hope in a darkened sky by way of illuminating the rainbows that surround us. I can not imagine seeing the world with different eyes than I do today, and am thankful that he has shown it to me, as the world I have left behind was… shallow – not in the sense that “shallow” is used today, but more that it truly lacked depth. Now, there’s depth with reaches further than I can see, yet I know are there.

What I’m saying is:

Thank you J for choosing me to be your mother. Thank you for teaching me, enlightening me, forcing me to grow and allowing me to share your strength through my words. Your smile warms my heart, your laughter fills my soul. You find joy in the beauty that surrounds you, and find beauty where others see none. You have shown me what a miracle truly looks like, you.

Happy Birthday!

(You can visit his site at http://www.JacksonsJourney.SpecialHappens.com)

By | 2013-01-10T13:28:02+00:00 January 10th, 2013|Categories: Epilepsy, Inspiration / Laughter, Jackson’s Journey|Tags: , , , , , , , , |12 Comments

About the Author:

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate.


  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl January 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    He is so pretty..there I said..that boy is BEAUTIFUL!!! Happy birthday and many more wonderful years to come!

  2. Y'vonne January 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday sweet boy and lovely Mommy..Love you guys to pieces.

  3. Elena January 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Happy happy birthday!

  4. Kristen January 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday dear J! Your smile and determination are infectious!

    • Editor January 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kristen. We miss you.

  5. Tammy January 11, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday, J!

    We have a miracle too. His name is Parker. 😀

    • Robert Snider January 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      Gina what a trip it is when there is a special child, how enduring they are, our G-Grandaughter is a little person with Scoliosis & has to endure 2 back operations a year back in Delaware until she is 17. How accepting these special children are the rest of the world needs to take note. Hope Jackson & FAMILY has a wonderful year.

      • Editor January 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

        Thank you, you’re right… One of the biggest thing that stands out in what you said, is how accepting our special kiddos are of all that they have to endure! It’s truly quite amazing!

        Your great granddaughter is no different… I cannot imagine what she has to go through.

    • Editor January 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Parker truly is a miracle!

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