The Ordinary Project understands that regular people are the ones truly leaving their mark on this crazy world–marks of courage and hope, selflessness and sacrifice, love and faith.
And, while we will never be able to acknowledge every single unsung hero, my mission with The Ordinary Project is to do exactly as the name suggests: recognize and honor those ordinary people who are coloring the world a more beautiful place, simply because they believe it should be done, typically without any promise of reward or even acknowledgement.
I have a small list of ordinaries whose stories I hope to share, but I would be honored if you chose to send me the names and contact information of ordinary people in your own life that deserve to be known! You may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, today, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you: Sierra (and Zion) Bluhm.
So, fun story.
That’s Sierra in the top left (and the one directly below that, too!).
Sorry Sierra….(also not sorry that none of my school pictures are in this collection 🙂 )
As you can tell, we’ve known each other for most of our lives, and we were classmates from kindergarten through senior year of high school. Sierra hasn’t had the easiest life by far, but to see her with her son now makes me instinctively protective and proud of the incredible mom and woman she’s become–fighting daily to stay positive and create the best possible life for her and precious little Zion.
Check out their story 🙂
Age? Child’s name and age?
I’m 22. My sweet boy, Zion, is 10 months!
What is the most rewarding part of being a mother? The most challenging?
The most rewarding part would have to be seeing all of the accomplishments he’s already made. He has A LOT going on with him and he still gets smarter and stronger each day. I could not be more proud of him.
The most challenging is seeing him have to go through all that he goes through.. all of the doctor appointments, the shots, the CT scans, the therapies.. It’s just so much! He does it all with a smile on his face which makes it a little easier for me, but no parent wants to see their innocent child taking on so much.
Tell me a bit about yourself and Zion!
I find it so hard to talk about myself. When people ask me about myself all I want to say is that I’m a mother to the greatest boy! But when it comes to Zion, I could talk for days! Zion was diagnosed with microcephaly at 4 months old. Microcephaly pretty much means he has a small brain! Since he was diagnosed, we’ve come across a few more issues. He has moderate/severe hearing loss in both ears, so he has hearing aids. He also started having seizures a few months ago that we are controlling with medicine. He is developmentally delayed so he does a lot of therapy.. I mean A LOT of therapy. He sees two physical therapists, two occupational therapists, a speech therapist, and a hearing specialist. If i listed all of the doctors and all of the issues he has, this would go on forever! It is a lot for both of us to deal with, but Zion is the strongest little boy I know. No matter how many appointments we have, he goes in with a smile and makes everyone fall in love with him. He truly is amazing!
what is your favorite quality about yourself? Why?
How caring I am. I’ve always had a big heart. I care about everyone. That really helps in my situation now as well.
What is a quality you wish you had or wish you were better at? Why?
I wish I was more patient. I think every parent struggles with this one a bit, but having a special needs child makes it even harder. Trying to teach myself to be patient is hard, but the more patience I have, the easier this crazy life is.
How would you define an ordinary hero?
Someone who is truly amazing while just being who they are.
Would you consider yourself to be an ordinary hero? Why or why not?
Oh gosh no! I’m just doing what I have to do for my son. That boy is the real hero. Before him, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. He has changed me and made me a better person. God really knew what he was doing. He gave me the greatest gift when I needed it most. I feel so blessed. [side note: she’s a hero. I don’t care what she says.]
What is your life motto?
I’ve never really had a life motto, but since all of this has happened with Zi there are a few things I find myself saying often. “It’s all worth it” is probably my favorite one. All the doctor appointments, the sleepless nights, the tears.. all of it is worth it when I see my son smile at me. When I see him smile, I know we are going to be just fine.
What is one thing that has happened in your life that has made you a stronger person?
Having Zion. He is so strong. It just blows my mind! I figure if he is going to be so strong and face everything like a champ, I better find my strength too.
If you could turn back time, would you? Why or why not?
I wouldn’t. This journey is hard and crazy and exhausting, but it has made me a better person. It’s made me have a better relationship with my son and also my family. It has helped me realize how precious life is. Without all of this happening, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And today I am truly happy.
Who has impacted you the most and how?
My son. Bet you could guess that already, but it’s true! I feel like I’m getting repetitive! But again, Zion! Like I said earlier, he’s changed my whole life. Crazy how a 10 month old can have such an impact. He’s just that amazing!
If you were able to leave a lasting impact or legacy with those who hear your story, what would you want it to be?
I want people to know that your greatest strength comes out in the hardest situations. Never give up!