1. Mary Rowen June 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm .

    Ruth, you are an amazing person. This is such a beautiful post. I agree with every part of it, and being a good person has nothing to do with huge gestures or being in power. It’s the personal stuff in life that matters. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, and your friend’s family. Those small steps are the ones that count.

  2. josandelson June 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm .

    Such an honest post. I like the way you talk about the sentimental. It has little value in day to day lives does it. The ‘journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’ is where reality lies … Thank you for the reminder too about how and where we can inspire x

  3. jan June 3, 2014 at 1:04 am .

    This heartfelt post makes me want to get right to reading your book. Children with special needs bring such joy that it helps us see our own disappointments in perspective. Jan

  4. Patricia Mann June 3, 2014 at 1:18 am .

    Thanks for sharing this, Ruth. The weight loss analogy was a beautiful way to help us understand how difficult it must be. I appreciate your honesty and agree that the small steps are what’s most important and should be celebrated.

  5. eleanorparkersapia June 3, 2014 at 2:24 am .

    This is a beautiful, heartfelt post, Ruth. I agree, every step needs to be celebrated, the large and the very small steps which to me, are the most important. I join your celebration. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Emma Clark Lam June 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm .

    A lovely post, Ruth. We get a real sense of you personally and the challenges you face. It’s humbling to read about your experiences and puts the usual rough-and-tumble of parenthood into perspective. Thank you for sharing.

  7. meredithgschorr June 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm .

    What a heartfelt post, Ruth. I’m sure you are an amazing mother as you are clearly a wonderful person.

  8. alisonwells June 11, 2014 at 11:43 am .

    Thanks so much for this post which really gets to the heart of things and is uplifting in the face of the undeniable realities we tackle each day. .

  9. Norah June 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm .

    Thanks for sharing your story. I admire your strength and your determination. Your children are so lucky to have you. The rest of us can only be in awe of your courage and caring.

  10. Ruth Mancini June 14, 2014 at 11:24 am .

    I really appreciate your comments Alison and Norah. Thank you!

  11. Sarah June 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm .

    This post really touched me and I could relate greatly to yours words. I have two adopted sons, both of whom have behaviour and learning difficulties as a result of their difficult start in life. We too celebrate the tiny steps of progress, the things that come so easy for some children are so much harder for mine. My youngest never used to cry at all. The first time he shed real tears of emotional pain I felt so relieved and happy that could finally show some of his feelings. Glad to have found you.

    1. Ruth Mancini June 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm .

      Hi Sarah, I’m so pleased that this was something you could relate to. What lucky boys to have found you!

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