Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spring Time

It's now the day before Easter and there is so much going on in my head.   There are so many significant things that have happened or are happening around this time of year. 

  • My sister Hilary's birthday.  Happy Birthday to my big sis!  We spent the day in the ER yesterday, her back was out and she could not move because of the pain :(.  She kept wanting to send me home but I refused.  We spent 7 hours together and I wouldn't want to spend those 7 hours any other way.
Hilary, ME!, and Jill circa 1975

  • I was the Doula to an amazing 16 year old girl, Abby.  She is younger then my own 17 year old daughter and she had such strength and maturity.  I will remember this birth for the rest of my life, it was absolutely amazing.  Jonathan Michael, may God bless your life!!!
  • Abby, Jonathan, and me (their Doula!)
  • I helped a very special family spend Easter Sunday together.  I love you Cheryl, Jael, John, and James!!!!  If I wasn't there they could not be together, it was my privilege.
  • The Cross family, together, the way they should be!
  •  I was the Doula 11 years ago to my friend Cheryl.  It wasn't planned but an unexpected surprise for me.  My precious Jael was born and was a beautiful miracle. 
  • Me and Jael . . .I'm her second momma!
  • My friend Tami was killed in a car accident 15 years ago.  Amazing it has been that long.
  • Crystal, me, Rayne, and Tami circa 1994!
There is probably a lot more I could write about but today these are the few significant things that have happened. 

May God bless everyone this Easter season.  Christ sacrificed His life for us so we could spend eternity with Him.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A special Doula job . . .

Jonathan Michael
Early this morning I had the privilege to welcome into this world Jonathan Michael.  This was my most special Doula gig . . . details to follow . . .

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Praying for Jack

My sister's friend Adrienne and her husband John are going through a nightmare.  Their 2-year-old son Jack fell out of a 2 story window on March 30th.  He was rushed to the hospital and has had emergency brain surgery.  Please keep Jack and the family in your prayers.  God is an ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING GOD and HE CAN HEAL JACK!!!! 

Please visit Jack's blog HERE to get updates and support this family!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Important Interruption About Autism

I interrupt the regularly scheduled post about my depression, self-pity, and selfish self-loathing to bring you a very important message about Autism. (I'm feeling a lot better today in case anyone is wondering.) 

April is Autism Awareness Month.

The face of Autism.
 Autumn is my 11 year old.  She has Autism.  I have awesome people in my life who love her for her, not her Autism.  Who "get" her, who understand Autism, and love her anyway.  I also have people in my life who do not "get" her, who do not understand Autism, and struggle to love her anyway.  This has been eating at me the last year but God is GOOD and He knows Autumn's future.

Autumn gets very excited every April.  She knows it's Autism Awareness month and LOVES to flaunt her stuff! 

It has been a struggle for her these past few months, especially in the self-regulation department.  Sensory issues continue to be a battle.  Just one example came up at dinner last night.  Two of the kids asked for Italian Ice for dessert. 

No big deal right?


Autumn can not tolerate the sound of the spoon scraping the ice.  She handled it like a champ though.  She turned to me, with her sad little face, eyebrows furrowed, and sunk her head into my chest.  Holding her ears we both got through "dessert".  In the past this would have been a huge meltdown.  Autumn is learning that you can't expect people to change their lives or routines for you, she has to adapt and sometimes it takes everything she's got. 

I love my daughter . . . who just happens to have Autism and she LOVES me!!!!