My name is Nicole Reppe. I am a proud mother of three boys; Spencer 11, Walter 8 and Larsen 4 and married to my husband Ben. My husband and I both moved to Georgia 13 years ago for work. While my husband is from Minnesota and I am from New Jersey, we have made Georgia our home.
My son Walter was born with Down Syndrome. It hasn’t been an easy road for us as a family, but it has been
road to navigate. Our family has been going to church regularly every Sunday since he was born, but at the beginning Walter was very difficult – bolting, grabbing anything and everything in sight, bathroom emergencies, etc. It was a constant balancing act between letting him learn and policing and disciplining. Much of this fairly typical for any child, but amplified times 3. We spent a great deal of time in the cry room at first! Nevertheless, we stuck with it and I can finally say after years of going as a family, Walter is well behaved minus the fact that he takes off his shoes and socks every week!!! I encourage those who don’t go to church because of their special needs child to sit with our family! As most of us know our children behave better for strangers and we tend to be our own harshest critics! My passion is to get all special needs families going to church regularly as a family!
In keeping with my favorite expression “it takes a village”, I realize how important it is to create a village in our faith community. That was my inspiration to act as a catalyst in our Church and speak out for a Special needs PSR program. It is important for both my husband and I to raise our children with a catholic faith. I’m elated that ALL my boys will be able to go PSR next August. And we are creating a village for their faith. I believe our children learn from everyone and it’s our job to be educators to
children and not just our own.
Come with me on this adventure of welcoming the Special Needs Ministry to St. Michael the archangel Church J I’m proud to be a part Special Needs PSR program as the committee chair and to include special needs children in VBS! My goals is for all our special needs children to be included in making sacraments and being active members of our parish!
Thank-you and God Bless You!