1. Jana, Logan is so blessed to have you guys for parents and that you’re able to be a stay-at-home mom. This allows you to have much-needed energy! I look forward to reading your blogs. God bless! Dot

  2. You made me cry. You are so strong and eloquent and you are doing an outstanding job. Keep up the great work and know that you I am always here for you.

  3. You are an amazing mom. Thank you for sharing your heart and your story. Logan is blessed to have you. God knew what he was doing when he trusted Logan to you and your family. Keep writing! Your words are powerful and encouraging.

  4. {{HUGS}} to you, Jana, as you wrestle through this diagnoses.

    I am glad that you are finding peace and feeling God’s hand in your life again, and that Logan will be able to get extra help and attention in school!

    Just remember that this label doesn’t HAVE to be a bad thing. I love telling my boy that God has an amazing, wonderful plan for him (Jeremiah 29:11) and that He will use him in ways that couldn’t be accomplished by someone with an “easier” personality.

    God will use Logan and his big personality to do great things for His Kingdom, my friend, that couldn’t be done by someone who fits into a little box.

    Keep your chin up, girl. I hope we’ll get to see you at MOPs next week! =)

  5. Thank you for sharing, this could not be better written. We are a few years behind you in figuring things out with D but its nice to know I am not alone (although I would wish no other parent would have to go through this). There are good days and bad (good hours and bad) but I am hopeful as we learn more and as they mature things will get better and easier. I am glad you are back to blogging.

    1. Thanks for reading Susan. Things definitely get easier, but then there are new challenges. I would find a good support team, focus on his strengths and take some time for yourself :)

  6. Great words. We have had similar experiences with Joshua. The school best as they can so do therapists. But at the end of the day we realize, our God makes no mistakes. Our kids are fearfully and wonderfully made.

  7. I just wanted to send big hugs. I have some friends from an online board who have gone through the same diagnoses with their children, as well as the same reaction to the label–gratefulness for the services it means, but grief at the label itself and its potential stigma. I also know people who have gone both routes–medicating and not medicating. So let me know if you ever want to chat with someone who has been there. I still know Logan as the very (intentionally) funny boy whose smile (and eyes) light up a room. He has a knack for making M smile, that’s for sure. :)

  8. Beautifully put Jana,
    Many of the parents from my social skills groups struggle with weighing the costs/benefits of getting their child a label. Its such a heartbreaking process which you have captured so well in words. I suppose that now the task is to keep ever vigilant about keeping the label externalized. I used to work as a crisis counselor in the rural south west Virginia, and something I watched happen all the time was that kids without parents who felt powerful enough to be part of the process got Oppositional/Defiant diagnoses, while the kids with involved parents got ADHD. So good for you for taking the bull by the horns. Now the ride….

  9. I loved reading this, Jana! You are wise and loving! As others have said- Logan and Stella are blessed to have you and Earl as parents. You are doing it… walking the walk.
    I hope we can see you all soon! Miss you!!