Lisa Leonard
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Lisa Leonard is mom to two boys, David, 13 and Matthias, 12 and wife to Steve. In between school and work they spend their time playing outdoors on the central coast of California, eating chocolate chip pancakes, tapping tunes on the piano (David) and choreographing elaborate light saber duels (Matthias)....

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  1. Beautiful. I have a big, permanant baby too. Diapers forever. Great perspective! Thanks for sharing and lifting the mundane up. Blessings dear Mama!

  2. I’ve got a 28 year old son who has Down Syndrome. There are a lot of things I didn’t think I would be doing for him at this stage in his life, but I always, always want him to have his dignity. Thank you so much for sharing this post today. You’ve got a keeper in that husband of yours. Wise man. I hope to carry his words in my heart every day.

  3. Fixing a PB and J for a teenage son who is in every way (except words, thankfully) saying…I don’t really need you anymore or handling matters for an adult daughter who is capable, but still wants mama to be involved. When we do these things without drudgery and martyrdom we are demonstrating love, simple, loving.

    • Beautifully said, Lisa. What does it look like to serve without expecting anything in return? I think we have to look to Christ for hope and identity. Sending you a big hug!
      And now I’m craving a PB&J sandwich. 😉

  4. this is lovely, Lisa…what a beautiful reminder of the importance of mothers. Everywhere. All the time. thank you.

  5. This is a beautiful reminder and fills me with hope. I love that and am thankful for it.

    Sometimes I just wish it wasn’t all about selling me something, though. 🙁

  6. This is a beautiful reminder. I have to teenage sons. When I wash their clothes and shoes, fix dinner and helping them with homework. I am showing love.

  7. oh sweet lisa – thank you for sharing this wonderful reminder and thank you to Steve.

    i LOVE your blog – I admire your heart and the willingness to be vulnerable and real – i am thankful for your perspective and how you long to find beauty and to be intentional and enjoy the little things!

    it is a little hope of mine to one day sit with you and have coffee!! we don’t live too far apart from each other – I am in LA. 🙂

    have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Lisa, there are really no words except, “Wow.” Thank you for giving me both heavenly and earthly perspective today.

  9. What you do for your son matters more than anything else you could ever do. It is truly our gifts of service in love that give other people the feeling of security, love, dignity, safety… these are so much more important than any rewards this world has to offer. I want to give you and all the parents of children with challenge and disabilities in any area of life a huge HUG and an Academy Award for parenting. In heaven we all will be whole and your Savior will be telling you “Welcome home, my good and faithful servant.” There is nothing you can do that matters more.

  10. Lisa,

    Thank you for this timely post. Sometimes at work I can feel useless and not important. You reminded me that even the small stuff done right is important to someone. In the end God will say well done good and faithful servant. It may be stocking a room, cleaning a room, ordering supplies, scanning papers, calling for medical records, etc. Not the “exciting” work of RNs like doing a blood sugar, drawing labs, etc. Just the daily mundane chores.

    They are appreciated by someone and one day we will all get our thanks!


  11. Oh, LIsa, this was so inspiring and even though my children are long grown and have children of their own, I still have things that I do everyday that I had forgotten, “matter.” Thanks for the reminder!

  12. Hi Lisa! Love this post! I know of you (bought one of your necklaces at the Chicago conference) we have CdLS in common. My son is 10

  13. And…..
    God takes that which the world states is foolish and transcends it into……

  14. Thanks Lisa. I find you so inspiring. I have a special needs son who just turned 18. I am still tying his shoes.

  15. Lisa you have a wonderful husband. When you reach a low point as a caregiver don’t be afraid to ask for help, get away for a bit and take a break if possible.