There are rarified moments that my husband puts to paper (or computer) what we are both thinking, but he is better able than me to express in writing. Today, the day of Noah’s birthday, was just such a day. Noah is ten, and he reminds us every day, in every morning appearance, that he is getting older as it seems he climbs In Stature overnight. We are grateful for him, and for his double digits, which are a challenge overshadowed by the blessing of him, and the One who gave him to us.
“I love reflecting on Birthdays. Today my wife and I celebrate the birthday of our 1st born Noah Paul Perry, who turns 10 years old.
This morning I was reflecting about what it took to get him to 10 and I was moved to tears. I thought it was appropriate to take the time to thank some of the people who have blessed us.
Thank you to my wife who blessed me with children. I’m not sure anyone in their right mind would have made this decision .
I thank The Lord for allowing me to steward an autistic son. A good friend of mine once said about his son, “I know The Lord chose me to raise my special needs son.” I will never forget that and how fortunate I am.
I thank all our family for the support over the last 10 years. The Grandparents, the Uncles, the Aunts, the Cousins. You have given us so much.
I thank all the parents of the kids who made his transition easy. They never, ever enabled him. You hear all the stories about bullying. Our experience is completely different. Our community has loved my children and set high expectations for their kids. I have a great deal of excitement and hope for the future of our country. You have helped teach Noah the difference between what you have and who you are. Thank you.
I thank my daughter Grace for having the gall to be the only child in our family without autism. She is wonderful and loving to both her brothers.
Thanks Jesse, my youngest child, for walking the same path that Noah is walking, only with a different pace.
Thank you Kennedy Kreiger,Trellis, and Evolution Sports. When people say “I would have never known he had autism,” I smile and think it is because of the team we have been blessed with.
Finally thanks to Noah. He is everything I could want in a son and more. He has taught me so much about myself and life. I am not sure I will ever teach him as much. To him I am most thankful and humbled. I hope he has a birthday and a life that reflects the joy he has brought to us and the people who know him.
Noah lives and loves deeply. He changed my life everyday for the last 10 years.”
- Matt (and Sarah, too)