Acceptance and the LOVE of Football


We all want to be accepted for who we are in this life.  Right?

As a special needs mom, I want this for my son. ACCEPTANCE. I have never seen him so excited than this very day (other than at church) Ha Ha! Some of Brent’s classmates, his teacher and coach, all came over to our home, as well as the local newspaper, and presented him with a team jersey. Go Lions!

A silent tear began to fall down my cheek as I was watching this all fall into place and I am so proud of him receiving something that he LOVES and enjoys.  This was a mommy-moment for sure and most definitely a daddy-moment as I watched my husband grin from ear to ear. There’s something special about people coming into your home and seeing your surroundings.  The reaction you get (because you are more in your comfort zone) is priceless.

I always dreamed that I would see my son under the Friday night lights playing his favorite sport of all time with his friends.  That dream has come true. His name is on the back of that jersey and he will wear it proudly as he supports his team from the sidelines.  I have been asked before  “How do you know he enjoys football when he is non-verbal?” my response, “If you only knew him like I do, you would just know that he does.”  I think this is why I strive to encourage others to come over to our home and get to know Brent.  He is truly a remarkable kid! He expresses his needs and wants just like you and I do.  He just does his in a modified version.  It’s that plain and simple and Brooks High School gets it! A shout out goes to Brent’s teacher, coach and teammates who surprised him with this amazing gift.

You know, having people see you as the person you are and not the DISability, well, let’s just say it can be life-changing.  I think for me, it is just ONE of the reasons that I raise awareness.

Since we have moved to this area, we were worried at how Brent would transition because he DOES NOT like change but we prayed that if this was the right thing to do then that is what we will do and  I can honestly say that I believe this was the best thing for him and not only him but for us as well.  The community here are true, down-to-earth type people and Jeff and I are so grateful for each one that has made us feel apart of this wonderful town.

Another prayer answered!


About Tonya Aycock

Hi, my name is Tonya. I am a wife and mom of two children (Brandon & Brently). I am a born again Christian. My passion is raising awareness for my boys and making sure they have the very best that I can give them. I love singing. I was in a Southern Gospel Group for about three years, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I think most of all, besides the singing, I enjoyed meeting people and sharing my testimony of how God has brought me through. I love playing guitar and hearing my sweet husband play music and sing to our boys. I enjoy making crafts and designing floral arrangements. I love camping. I am always up for a new adventure! I enjoy working in my yard and anything outdoors. I love my home. I like taking pictures of God’s beautiful creation. The hummingbirds, Canadian geese, turtles, and deer are beautiful! I never dreamed that I would enjoy the country as much as I do. I have always been a city kind of girl, so let’s just say I am adjusting to the country's life well. Haha! Another exciting thing about my husband and myself is that we have always wanted to open a restaurant. Maybe one day… who knows…. I created this blog to share the in’s and out’s of daily living of being a mom of children with special needs, how life can change in an instant, losing a child, finding real friendships that live the same kind of life that I do that truly understand, and much more. I love to talk about my faith as I learn how to cope through life (good and bad) together. I want to always put complete control in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because without Him, I am nothing. My prayer is that I can somehow help someone by sharing my story. It is most definitely easier said than done, and I fail daily, but striving to make things work in a world that doesn’t understand is just one of the reasons I am here, writing and sharing my story and trying to be the best me as I can and being the best mother that my children will love and respect and see me survive and thrive as I watch them surviving two thriving in life. But, most of all that they see Jesus in me. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 God has a plan for my life and my family as well and for who is reading this right now. I can only hope and pray that I am doing what He has called me to do…… Being a wife, mom, advocate of special needs, a friend, encourager, but most of all… a servant of His. This has been and continues to be a unique life raising my SuPeR HeRo children dancing in the rain of the beautiful, messy life!
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1 Response to Acceptance and the LOVE of Football

  1. Beautiful, Tonya – brought back many memories of when our son was younger. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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