Willie & Anje Botha, parents to daughters Magdel(11 years) and Ingrid (6 years). Ingrid was born with rare chromosome translocation, complete agenesis of corpus callosum & refractory, intractable West syndrome. Lives in Pretoria, South Africa. 1 Corinthians 4:1 "Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God."
To mourn a child.
There are losses so profound that special words are used to describe a new state of being – when you lose a parent you are called an orphan, bereaved spouses are called...
Six-and-a-half plus two years on ...
Shakespeare, who lost a son at the age of eleven, wrote in Macbeth:
"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak, whispers the o'erfraught...
I agree that with advancements in medical research we become both hopeful and worried.
With infertility treatment, many couples can now have a family and raise children. Many diseases can...posted on: How Much Would You Change You?
A short article in Creation Magazine, 35(4)2013 (from Creation Ministries International), caught my interest. A UK politician compared disabled children to deformed lambs with five legs or two...
One of the most baffling comments to me is: "You are such a strong person, the LORD knew who to give this child to".
Not all handicapped children are well taken care off - such as the...posted on: Platitudes: Translated
I read your family's blog regularly - your journey are a part of my family, so many experiences resonates with us. We pray for you and your family.
As Willie said - we...
A pearl of great price
Shortly after Ingrid’s diagnosis, my wife showed me an analogy which describes parenting a disabled child – Welcome to Holland. I’m sure many parents of disabled...
Thank you, As Sara said in a previous post - we learn to live with grief, and it shapes us.
One of my favourite Afrikaans poets (SJ Pretorius) wrote:
To Melissa, on 24 February
I often think of everyone I've met on the forum.
To Melissa & family: my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time. Thank you for reaching out to...
It is no easy task to hold your disabled ill child, wondering what the next right thing is to do, how to alleviate her pain and discomfort – the plea to God ever present to see...