Autism Awareness~30 Days of Snapshots 2012: Day 14

Author Note: This should have been published yesterday, but I had to finish the Photos before I could post it

My Facebook Status after Baseball Today: “Home from Dak’s Miracle League Baseball Game. LOVE Saturdays for SO many reasons! I Get to watch My boy play Baseball, I get to spend time with other Parents who Understand the roller Coaster that is raising a Special Needs Child, AND I get to watch my Girls interact with thier Friends who understand thier Roles as Siblings….Miracle League is Truly one of the Biggest Blessings in my Life.”

Miracle League Baseball because “Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.”

As a Mom of Special needs children, This truly is one of the Biggest Blessings in My Life.

It has become more than just watching my son get a chance to play baseball…

 it has become something more….

a chance for me to talk to other moms who know what it is like to love a child with special needs….

 it has become a way for my husband to connect with his son…

 to watch them do something we thought they may never get to do together….

It has become a way for my “NT” child to connect with other “NT” siblings who understand what she faces with special needs siblings….

It has become more than just a game, it’s a community, a family, and I am blessed to be a part of it….

♥I will leave you with this Photo…

one of my favorite moments…

Dakota steals home so He can go sit down in the dug out and get a drink

( He used to just walk off the feild, so This is progress  :P) ♥

♥ and In Closing…The Miracle League Song…

I simply do not have the words to Thank all of the people who work so hard every year to make this happen…

The Buddies who volunteer to help the kids who need help…

the coaches…

The Businesses and churches who sponsor teams….

The amazing woman who handles all the coordinating, organizing…

Thank you each and every one for giving parents like me one of the greatest Gifts in the world…

Autism Awareness~30 Days of Snapshots 2012: Day 2

The Special Bond between Siblings….

2 with Autism, one “NT”…

and yet, they love each other….

Look Out for each other…

enjoy spending time with each other ( MOST of the time!!)

 

 *Spinning in circles and Laughing together*

*In thier Safe Place during a Tornado Warning…Keeping each other Calm*

*Splashing in Mud Puddles*

*She is His Little sister…

She is His Baseball Buddy…

She is His Friend”*

♥ They fight often, but they also share Precious Sister Moments ♥

I truly hope that As they Grow they will remember the lessons learned growing up together…

That their friendship will grow stronger….

That they will continue to look after each other and cherish the bonds they have that only brothers and sisters share….

That the compassion and awareness gained by growing up in the “Special Needs” community will stick with them forever…

A Sister is a Precious Gift

When I was little, I could not see, just what a Blessing God had given me when He gave me a Little Sister. She is 4 years younger than me, and well, let’s just say I was not thrilled with the concept. Oh we had our happy Moments, but Man did we fight!   My sister taught me a lot though. She taught me Patience, and how to love someone even in those moments when I don’t “Like” them very much. She taught me other things too, lessons I could not see growing up.

Fast forward to present day. I am now a mom to three wonderful children. two girls and one boy. My girls are 4 years apart in age, and my oldest, well she has days when she is less than thrilled with having a little sister to follow her EVERYWHERE. I hear my youngest wail “Mom she wont play with meeee” and My oldest snarl ” she wont leave me alone!” and I am taken back to my own childhood.  I hope that I can help my girls to realize the precious gift they are to each other, that they wont have to wait until they are grown to realize how much of a blessing having a sister is.

I am Thankful that my sister and I have moved past old hurts, forgiven each other, and are now friends. How much I have missed by not having her as a friend all those years. My sister is an amazing person with a gift for loving children and showing them God’s love. Her smile is like the sunshine, it warms all around her. Her sensitive, gentle spirit, which used to drive me CRAZY when we were kids, is in fact an amazing gift.

I hope that when my girls look back on their time together growing up they remember the good moments. that they cherish each other and realize what God has given them in each other….

“She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. 

She is your witness,

who sees you at your worst and best,

and loves you anyway. 

She is your partner in crime,

your midnight companion,

someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. 

She is your teacher,

your defense attorney,

your personal press agent,

even your shrink. 

Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.” 

~Barbara Alpert ~

“Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family,

but once the sisters are grown,

it becomes the strongest relationship. “

~Margaret Mead~

“An older sister is a friend and defender –

a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights. 

And sorrows too. ”

~Pam Brown~

“There’s a special kind of freedom sisters enjoy.

Freedom to share innermost thoughts,

to ask a favor, to show their true feelings.

The freedom to simply be themselves. “

~Unknown~

“A younger sister is someone to use as a guinea-pig
in trying sledges and experimental go-carts.
Someone to send on messages to Mum.
But someone who needs you-
who comes to you with bumped heads, grazed knees, tales of persecution.
Someone who trusts you to defend her.
Someone who thinks you know the answers to almost everything.
-Pam Brown

I Thank God daily for my Sister, and for helping me see that she is one of the best gifts He has blessed me with. I pray daily that through all the trials of life, My girls will realize they will always have each other. Friends will come and go, Boys will break their hearts, someday they will spread their wings and fly, but their hearts will be forever entwined, bound by the gift of sisterhood, and that they will see what a Blessing it is that no matter what life throws at them, they will always have each other, to laugh with, to cry with, to remember the moments of childhood, and share the moments of life with.