Enjoying the simple things

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The Olympic Medalist

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Christian competed in the 2015 Special Olympic and won an award in all of his competitions. He won a Bronze Medal in the 50 meter race, a Silver Medal in the relay race and a ribbon in the standing long jump. I am so proud of my little athlete! Since he’s more into sports now I’m going to look into extra curricular activities outside of school also.

HE gave me a Sign!

Today started kind off rocky. I went to bed earlier last night but woke up more tired than ever. We missed the school bus so I drove Christian to school, which I love doing, but we left 10 minutes later than I planned so then we had to rush. Traffic plus running late equals not the way I wanted to start the day.

I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now, so I drove to work with a  really defeated mindset. However, the day turned around with a lot of small nudges in areas that meant a lot to me…areas that only God knows I had grown weary in. It’s such an amazing feeling when HE takes the time to remind you that HE hasn’t forgotten about your concerns.

Sigh…

As I sit here slumped down on the couch, I can’t help but to feel guilty for wanting just 1 more day of rest. Another day of getting up after the sun has risen and not before. Why oh why does the weekend seem like Saturday is the only day that you can fully enjoy? Friday you spend winding down from the week and Sunday you spend preparing for Monday.

Sigh…and now I feel guilty for complaining because a lot of people wish that had the life that I have. Ok, I’m done complaining; my super mom cape is hanging in the closet still warm from me just taking off. After 6 hours of sleep super mom will back in action!

Remind me… Who’s on the Spectrum?

So lets delve right into it! Today I reached another milestone; I registered Christian for his first after school program! In addition to being fun, I think this will give him more practice being independent(practicing his big boy skills). As I was signing him up for the program all of these ideas came to mind of how to transition him from going to my mom’s house after school to going to an after school program. Everything from arranging a visit prior to his first day there to how to explain his new routine to him came to mind. Then it hit me…”does he need help transitioning to a new routine, or do you?”

Christian typically does well with new things and doesn’t really get caught up in routines. Me on the other hand, has to know ever single detail of everything from start to finish a week in advance to feel comfortable with new routines. I thought people with autism had trouble adjusting to change. Hmmm….makes me wonder if I have spectrum tendencies. At the very least I’m a parent trying to learn how to let her first child grow up without blocking any progress. There lies another mountain to conquer.

Another Beginning

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Let’s see….where do I start? Life’s been a real rollercoaster for the last 5 months. Some days were good, some bad, some productive, some not so productive and many were spent trying to figure out what my next move was going to be.

One big highlight is that Christian and I moved 3 months ago. Our new place has a couple of hundred  more square feet of which some will be transformed into Autism But Life Goes On office space. I’m looking to get A.B.L.G.O products made; things like mouse pads, pens and stress balls. I’m also looking into attending fairs and meetings to meet and support families touched by autism.

One thing is for sure….I am soooo glad to be back!

Help!

As many people know, I turned Autism But Life Goes On into a business a couple of months ago. My reason for doing this was to have a hands on impact on the lives of the people that visit the site. I read a lot of stories from parents that are forced to choose between services for their children because they can’t afford services and medication. I also read about people who are having a hard time with getting IEPs done correctly. I’d like to make Autism But Life Goes On a place where people can turn for help with these matters as well as other needs.

While Autism But Life Goes On has been successful in the number of people it reaches all over the world,  I’d like to take it to the next level. I’m asking for donations to help me get it to a place where it’s impact can be greater. No donation is too small and all will go toward this cause. Thanks for your help!

It’s Happening!

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All the praying and hard work is paying off. Christian’s doing his homework by himself. I check it after he finishes of course, but I’m so happy that he has the confidence and courage to do it without me sitting right next to him or hovering over him. Parents our work is worth it. High 5!

Life on the Clock

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I’ve been spending some time with my brother in his hospice the past couple of days. Watching him in this phase of his life has made me painfully aware of just how serious the way we spend our time in this life is. All of the “I’ll do it laters and the “there’s always tomorrows” flow out of our mouths so easily because we’ve been ignoring the fact that our time here will run out one day. My brother has lived a very happy and fulfilled life and appears to have no regrets at this point. He has never ran from hard work, been an amazing father to his daughter, been an awesome brother to his siblings and a wonder son to his parents. Thinking over the way he has lived his life makes me wonder if I’m doing enough with my own.

I have been reminded that living a great and fulfilled life does not happen by accident. We must boldly chase our dreams, Fall in Love to stay there forever, treat people the way we want to be treated and love our children relentlessly, as the way that we care for them now will echo for decades after we’re gone.

We’re in the process of giving our children a wonderful childhood; lets mix in a wonderful adulthood for ourselves. Lets stop putting off things that matter to us until tomorrow. One day our children will look at us and wonder if we’ve live a fulfilled life; what will be the answer that they come up with?