Daily Grace
i'm so glad lisa leonard2-01

I’m so glad you’re not like I expected you to be.
I’m so glad you came along and turned everything upside down.
I’m so glad you aren’t perfect. I’m not either.
I’m so glad you changed my idea of what’s beautiful.
I’m so glad your disability has taught us to dream new dreams.
I’m so glad you love to cuddle.
I’m so glad you’re showing me what bravery looks like.
I’m so glad you walk down the street with a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eye.
I’m so glad you don’t worry about what others think. You are teaching me what’s important.
I’m so glad you love to be silly.


I’m so glad you’re teaching our family what compassion means.
I’m so glad you have your own passions and hobbies.
I’m so glad your smile speaks volumes to my heart.
I’m so glad you hold my hand and take me where you want to go.
I’m so glad you’re showing me my own brokenness.
I’m so glad you love to give kisses. It’s the best gift ever.
I’m so glad we have new mercies every morning.
I’m so glad we are given strength for today and hope for tomorrow.
I’m so glad God gave me you.
I’m so glad you’re you.
Because you are truly amazing.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.” {Lamentations 3:22-25}

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  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    This is a beautiful tribute to God, your son, life. I have tears in my eyes. What a needed reminder that God loves us in all our fragileness and pours our His grace on us endlessly. There is beauty and purpose and love in every person He has skillfully crafted. I am inspired that you are a mom who has taken God’s gift to you and loved him faithfully and unconditionally and speak joyfully of the gifts he’s given you. Your lives are a brave testimony!!
    Bev xx

  • Molly

    I couldn’t agree with Bev more. Such a beautiful tribute. ‘The Lord is my potion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’

  • A

    Thank you, Lisa, for this beautiful post that bring joy and hope to my heart. We are all beautiful children in His eyes, gentle and yet so strong because His love is gentle and strong. May His tender graces enfold you, your son, and family today :)

  • Penny


    Thank-you for sharing your beautiful words and heart with us.


  • Stephanie

    Lisa, every time I see your beautiful sons smile it makes me smile and brings joy to my heart! God bless you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing this. Xo

  • Kat Leon

    I love your words! You have found the real reasons to love your son and others. It’s a blessing to show others what matters…holding hands, snuggling, kisses, compassion, being different but being your own person who God created. So many sweet things you treasure about your son. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Karen

    Lisa, thank you for this! Your timing (or I guess God’s timing) is always perfect. A few days after my son was born in July 2013 with an unexpected disability, you shared a beautiful post here about life with your son. And now this on my birthday today – it feels like a true birthday gift, as we now have a second “typical” baby and I’ve been reflecting more on my first son’s challenges in recent days. Your words are a balm to my soul and have helped move me down the road of love and acceptance. Peace and grace to you and your family!

  • Brenda

    How lovely, Lisa. ((hug))

  • Beth Werner Lee

    Lisa, I think I heard somewhere that you live in Lompoc, CA…maybe I don’t remember right. But I moved to Lompoc this summer and I think, what if I saw her with David walking around town, would I recognize them? And even if I didn’t, would I be kind? So I remember and I try to greet all strangers with a smile, a genuine frank kindness no matter their size or shape or disability, because some of ours are hidden, but we have them. Mine is pretty livable but it has to do with my brain not remembering numbers very well and a disconnect between what my brain thinks my mouth is saying and what numbers actually come out of my mouth, isn’t that odd? But anyway, if you are in Lompoc and if I do happen to meet you, I’m glad you’re you, too!

  • Janice Knopp

    Lisa, I love your son more than words can express. His soul and my soul speak to each other. Letting me into your life has brought me closer to God when I was lost and drifting. I have learned more from your amazing child about life, about myself, about unconditional love, and mostly about trust, than I have from any one else in my life and for that I am forever grateful.

  • Gwen Rutz

    Oh the beauty of unexpected blessings… Thank you for your words.

  • Emma

    I love this ❤ your son is incredible and his smile is super contagious. You are incredible mama. Keep your head up. And give David a big hug for me ❤

  • Beth Williams

    Eloquent tribute to your son & to the God who loves us unconditionally! I find children with disabilities quite amazing. They don’t let their disability stop them. They keep going, trying & loving life to the full no matter what! They see beauty where we might see ashes & yes they are AMAZING!!
    Blessings :)

  • Marilyn

    Love it, Love it!!!