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August 12, 2010

Nianya's Law for Special Needs Parents: If anything can go wrong, it will, at the worst possible time. . .

I've written about this law in the past and it bares repeating on a regular basis. This week has been a perfect example.

  • First week at a new school for 8yo ASD Taz;
  • First week with both kids home after Taz returned from his summer with Grandma, SIL and cousin;
  • Bad week at work for me with two many necessary people out;
  • Cast on my right arm;
  • Major computer failure
I thought I hit the limit of my tolerance on Tuesday night after a difficult day and night dealing with two especially needy special needs children. Then again, I should know by now that especially needy applies 24/7 in our house, so I should be totally up with that by now.

Apparently not. . .

Nothing like going upstairs with a headache after a very LONG and HOT day, with the full intention of getting on Twitter and asking when I get a turn to whine, only to find out that my computer is dead and I can't even get online, much less tweet about my trials and tribulations.

It was one of those situations when you either laugh or cry, unless, like me, you're too tired to do either.

By the time I set up my old back-up computer and got back online, I realized the message God was sending me. It was basically the special needs parenting version of "Don't sweat the small stuff."

In other words, dealing with my special needs kids on days like this should be no big deal. After all we've had much worse days. . .surgeries postponed due to asthma, croup and pneumonia. . .emergency hospitalization for youngest child, the day after I had oral surgery. . .flat tire on the way to the ER at 1 a.m.

What could be worse?

Obviously losing 6 mos. worth of files that were not backed-up, even though I have a Tera-drive connected to my laptop.

Yup, that's worse!

So after a night of practically no sleep, because I was just plain too lazy to remember to back-up my files, I thanked God for reminding me not to sweat the small stuff.

And, sure enough, my prayers were answered. . .my song came on the radio on the way downtown to get an emergency back-up laptop. And when my song comes on the radio, it always means something is going to be alright.

And it was. . .

Turns out only the laptop power cord failed. . .and the first thing I did when I got my laptop back up and running was back-up all my files.

Note to self: Never sweat the small stuff, because God never gives us more than we can handle and even at the worst of times, he's there with us. And, of course, I have added a recurring reminder to my Google calendar. . .back-up computer at least every two weeks.


God will never take us through a time of testing that is too tough for us to deal with. No matter how difficult your trials, you can bank on His promise. No trial is too great for us with the power of God. He will give us a way to endure it, to resist it, or to get through it. Right from the Heart Ministries