Autism Awareness~30 Days of snapshots: Day 4

snapshots, moments frozen in time…Precious memories…

This is day Four in our Journey into what Autism Awareness means to me.

If you would like to start at the beginning…..

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

When it comes to Autism Awareness, there is a group of people on the front lines,  in some ways even more so than the parents. If not handled with care and love, they often feel forgotten, can easily become targets for meltdowns, and usually do not understand what is happening at first. Today we celebrate the Siblings.

My own two Daughters love and accept their brother, and all his quirks. They fiercely defend Him to their peers, laugh with Him, explain in their own way to their friends. They can do this because my husband and I make sure to set aside quality time JUST for them. We do everything we can to ensure they have lives OUTSIDE of Autism, that his limits do not limit them.

*We Love you sissy!*

*Reading big brother a story*

*The Munchkin Train*

*Volunteering to be a Miracle League Buddy*

*We LOVE Ball season!!*

*My Artist*

*My Princess*

*who needs a hug?*

*Ready to Bake some Cookies*

In Celebrating their Individuality, encouraging their dreams, while teaching them to solve conflicts, showing them how to accept each other, and allowing them a safe place to grow, we grant siblings the tools they need to accept and love their brother without resentment ( I hope). Sure, they fight, but ALL siblings do, but the sound of all three of them giggling is the most beautiful sound in the world. Sometimes I think my girl understand their brother better than I do, and I hope and pray that they know I am doing the best that I can to ensure they ALL know I love them, and that they do not feel lost in the storms Autism can bring into our life. God blessed me with Three  Beautiful Priceless Treasures, and It is with HIS strength that I do the best I can to be a good mother to ALL three of them.

I leave you with one Final thought until next time….This is a Post I wrote about ALL three of my children not too long ago….beautiful-priceless-treasures

Autism Awareness~30 Days of snapshots: Day 3

snapshots, moments frozen in time…Precious memories…

This is day three in our Journey into what Autism Awareness means to me.

If you would like to start at the beginning…..

Day 1

Day 2

Today, come with me for a glimpse into my son’s world….

From a Very early age, Star Wars has been a Fascination for Him….

Everything gets Lined up….organized….and don’t Move one, it will start a war

Thomas the Tank engine has been a long-standing friend and comfort zone

Every animal has a name….

He has reminded me to slow down….

to stop and watch the bugs…..

to Stop and smell the flowers…..

He has reminded me of the simple pleasure a Mud puddle can bring….

He has reminded me of the delight of going up in a swing…..

*~*The Swing*~*

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

*~* Robert Louis Stevenson*~*

 

For the Pure Love of Baseball…in it’s simplest form!

 

There are days when He tries my patience, when I don’t know what to do, when we go in circles because He can’t tell me WHY He is upset, or what is bothering Him. I have moments when I feel as though I am isolated and alone, when my whole world seems to fall apart, and its in those moments where in the midst of tears, God gives me a smile, a snapshot, a memory …little reminders that my son is a GIFT, a Blessing , a Precious Treasure. Different, but NOT Less, and it’s those moments, the Dandelion presented wrapped in a dirty fist, the Bear hugs from behind as I am washing dishes, the glimpses into my son’s world, Him running through the house singing “Na na na na DAK-MAN!!” that make all the tears, all the stress, all the pain worthwhile.