DisciplesNet Church: The Silent Needs

I was given the opportunity 2 weeks ago to write a devotional for autism awareness month on DisciplesNet Church which is an online church community for those who are unable to go to church. Most special needs families have a difficult time going to church and some do not even feel welcomed in church. Plus all the sensory difficulties that can happen with smells, noises, numerous church members, distracting decorations, and different surroundings is very overwhelming for children with autism. DisciplesNet Church is another resource special needs families can use to stay connect at home on their faith journey. They can go to DisciplesNet Church anytime of the day and it will always be their for additional support. (more…)

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WE SURVIVED!!

🙂  With all the excitement building up to Christmas we found our way through it! We really did have a wonderful “low key” Christmas this year which was really nice. Last week before Christmas, Michaela was on complete overdrive for most of the week. As you all know, she was the keeper of the Advent calendar and she was counting down the days until Christmas Eve.

When it was finally Christmas Eve Michaela put the last candy cane on the Advent calendar. I seriously thought Michaela was going to explode with excitement! Michaela knew Santa was on his way so she was a very good listener all day! (Why can’t Santa come everyday, so all the children will be on their best behavior?) Chris showed Michaela the NORAD Santa tracker. Michaela was fascinated watching Santa flying around the world. (more…)

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When it rains…it pours

Monday was a very busy stressful day. If something went wrong it did! First, I woke up late because I needed to get Melanie and Michaela to a doctor’s appointment at 8:30am. SIGH. Then while rushing around to get the girls ready and myself, I noticed something when I came downstairs. I accidentally left 2 FULL gallons of milk out on the counter from when I went to the grocery store the night before. SIGH.  After getting breakfast ready and the girls were eating, I was getting the diaper bag ready for the appointment. I then realized I still had Chris’s debit card, so now he had no access to our money if he needed it. SIGH. Then Michaela some how knew we were in a hurry and was taking her time eating breakfast while throwing a fit. SIGH. Amazingly enough we get out of the house and head to the appointment. (more…)

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Michaela’s kindergarten year has begun!

Ready for kindergarten!

Ready for kindergarten!

What a week! Michaela was able to met her new kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mullins last Monday. Michaela was nervous about walking into the school and going to her new room. She had her hands over her ears for about 10 minutes because she was worried about the fire alarm going off. Mrs. Mullins did a good job in trying to help Michaela get more comfortable, by asking questions about her summer and showing her the Lego table in the room. While Michaela was exploring the room Mrs. Mullins and I discussed what to expect for the school year and we talked about some issues to be aware of for the year. (more…)

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What is it like to have a typical child?

I have no clue! Before we got Michaela’s diagnosis and even when she was little we thought this was normal and typical. Being first time parents we had no idea what was normal and on track. We thought everything was fine. Now looking back I can see the signs but just had no clue. I read an article about how much stress is on parents with autistic child can compare to combat soldiers stress. (The article talks about mothers but lets face it fathers go through the same thing!!) (more…)

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