Autism recovered?

Medical experts say it's not possible to recover autism. We have living proof in the form of three children, that it IS possible. In my blog you will find recovery stories, along with information regarding health that I have learned over the years. And sometimes just snippets of life to give hope that yes, life can be normal after the hard work is done.

Sit back, enjoy, and be hopeful! RECOVERY HAPPENS!

**Kids names have been changed to protect the innocent and naughty alike. ;)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What do you do with the first snow of the season?

Well dance of course!!

And see how much you can catch in your hands.

And then see how much you can catch in your mouth.

Happy Winter everyone!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Our new fairy resident

So remember I told you that scuttlebutt in Fairyland had it that Grace would be getting something wonderful from them for Christmas? Well she did!

Misty, her very own fairy, has built a door in the wall right next to the fairy garden, making our house her house too! She and Grace have been exchanging letters daily and Misty signs her letters with glittery footprints. Such excitement!!!! Although Pawpaw built the door frame for Misty, when he left it was only wood. Over the course of the month, Misty sneaked into my craft supplies and decorated it just the way she likes it. Then she cleverly hung it up on Christmas Eve... we did wonder where the tiny hammering sound was coming from. She is an ingenious little thing!! She and Grace are already discussing plans for another garden.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My fav pic of hubby

I've been looking for this picture for a year! I finally found it and am putting it here so I won't lose it again.


Beauty in the silence

Tonight... or is it this morning... is the lunar eclipse. I have never seen one before and although I was not planning to wake up at 2:30 in the morning for it, I was still working in the kitchen at that time so I was already up. I tried peeking out the window but couldn't see it clearly as there were trees in the way. So I went outside to see it.




Those paltry words don't even do it justice.

I just stood there, blowing smoke out my nose (hey, it's freezing out there!) and had time to really be still. I don't think I've heard that kind of silence in years.

The ground is covered in frost making it look like diamonds sprinkled everywhere. Everything is silent and still. A little red fox went running across my neighbors yard. I look up and see a shooting star. Diamonds... diamonds everywhere in the sky. Constellations I haven't seen in years shining brightly in the darkness. So many stars I can't possibly count them all.

And I am struck by the majesty of it all.

God is big and I am small.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Best Christmas gift!

Earlier this week a friend emailed to ask if she and her children could come over and give my kids a Christmas party. She said that as she was going from party to party with her kids this season, it occurred to her that my kids never get to do that. Her initial thought was "They're used to it" but then she decided that didn't matter and they should have a party.

She has no idea how that touched me. Even my husband blinked that "WHAT???" blink he does when he can't believe his ears.

She also said that my husband and I should go on a date during the party. She has a teenage daughter whom we adore so it would be one grownup, one teenage helper and five little kids. Tony and 4 little girls. He was so in his element! She planned the whole day out for them and today she executed it. She brought over crafts to make and reindeer games to play. :D

After hugs and kisses, and instructions for emergencies, hubs and I took off out the door. ALL. ALONE.

So weird. We don't get to go out as a couple much so I say again... so. weird.

They played toss the snowball in the wreath, treasure hunt (she knows my kids well), and all the kids made me a Christmas present! I can't wait to see them! They also acted out the Christmas story, complete with costumes and props. They practiced it several times so they could do it right when we got home. The reenactment was hysterical as the little girls did A LOT of improvisation, not to mention "Mary" was not willing to get too close to "Joseph" due to cooties. ;)

Daddyman and I didn't really know what to do once we got out but we managed to enjoy ourselves. Although it's a weekday and not yet Christmas, the stores were crazy packed and mean people were already out of their caves. But we were just happy to be out together so it didn't really intrude upon our day. It's so funny how we quickly get in the habit of holding hands and goofing off like we did in the old days.

The kids have been bouncing off the wall for a bit now since their friends went home but it's all good. They had such a great time and both the big kids understood the gift they had given us by not JUST thinking of us and being sorry we miss a lot of fun, but acting on it and making the fun happen right here.

These friends made the love of Jesus shine bright and blessed 5 people in the process. Jesus' ministry on earth was to the poor, the sick, the weak; not to those who were perfect and had it all. I am so encouraged that there are people in the world who take time out of their busy schedule to give in such a personal way. They will never know what they have done for us with this single act.

And to those of you who have friends who are mostly home bound due to medical issues or frequently excluded for whatever reason, remember that they want to participate in activities too and there may be a way YOU can bring them the same joy and blessings that our friends have given us today.

Thank you to D, K, J & M for giving the BEST Christmas party ever! xo

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fairies are ready for Christmas

While I was busy in another part of the house today, Tony and Grace decorated the fairy garden for Christmas. The paperclips are garland and Tony even used a paperclip to fashion a stand for the star on top. :D They were clamoring to use my paper shredder to create snow; fortunately for us all, I had a bag of snow in the Christmas boxes. So after a sudden snowstorm in Fairyville, this is what it looked like.

Notice the creek is now frozen and the bird has a little acorn hat on to keep him warm. The tree is bowing under the weight of the snow and star. I hope it stays upright-ish! lol

Rumor has it that there is a stir in Fairyville. I heard from a little bird that the fairies are thinking of setting up house here in a more permanent fashion. It was suggested that Grace will have new residents by Christmas. I can't wait! I'll be sure to keep you updated! :)


Thursday, December 9, 2010

I got an EASY button tonight!

I can't stop laughing about it. I was at a training session tonight for Juice Plus where we talking about new research and shared stories of how it's helped us. The EASY button was a door prize and I got it. Woohooo!! It's from Staples I believe and when I press it, a voice says "That was easy". Bwhahahahahahaha

As you know, I always call Juice Plus "my easy button". Thank God for something easy in this life of hard... and I do thank God for my JP. And now I can thank Him for my easy button too. :) This has made my whole night! lol

Now I absolutely HAVE to find a purse so I can carry this little baby around!

That was easy. :D

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

1 in 150

I was watching a really great youtube video earlier and stumbled upon a video where people were rallying for safer vaccines. While I will keep my opinion of that particular issue out of this, I suddenly found myself in tears. There in the rally was a sweet looking little boy, probably 7 years old, holding a sign that said "I'm 1 in 150".

*heart breaks*

Then shots of the crowd. Moms and dads holding up pictures of their children, pictures of children who had died, others who were so injured they couldn't be there, others who had recovered but the pain is still sharp. Moms and dads crying.

*heart shatters*

One in 150. Did you read that stat? 1 in 150?!?!?! But it's not just a statistic.

Autism is NOT just a stat.

Autism is a little boy.

Autism is a little girl.

Autism is a child who is missing...their bodies are there but THEY are missing. Damaged. Damaged to the point that they can't interact.

1 in 150. It's a parent sobbing their hearts out b/c their child cannot talk. Can you imagine going through life unable to communicate? Unable to express yourself? Unable to ask for a hug? Unable to say what hurts?

1 in 150.

It's my child.

My Tony.

My Grace.

My Kate.

They were 1 in 150.

They are 1 of thousands.

And the numbers keep climbing.

When will this stop??


Crafty little snowflake

We got the idea from this fellow homeschooling mom's blog. Her daughter appears to be a snowflake creating genius. Both Tony and I loved the uniqueness and thanks to her fabulous instructions, he made one. He was going to make more but somehow got distracted (shockingly lol) so this may be the only one... or he may get a wild hair to do more... who knows?! It was very fun to create. I hope he makes more b/c it's truly beautiful. :)

Thank you Jilly and Autry!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ice cream sundae... allergy style

Saturday is coconut ice cream day around our house. Because it has agave nectar (which I don't love), it's a once a week treat.

Today a lady at the chiropractors office told the kids what an ice cream sundae is. They were in awe listening. lol They obviously have never had one but we recently trialed bananas and they were ok with them. Daddy trialed them as well since he had an anapylactic allergy to them and thanks to Bioveda, he is no longer allergic! YAY! So tomorrow we will make our own unique ice cream sundae. The kids are so excited! :)

The ice cream will be coconut ice cream of course... no dairy. I'm going to make some strawberry ice cream just using the vanilla ice cream & blending it up with strawberries. I did something like that one year for Grace's birthday and it was a hit and since we're just looking for pink ice cream, we don't care what flavor it is! lol Daddyman will get some maraschino cherries for himself but we will not have those as they contain high fructose corn syrup... ick! We considered getting real cherries but I'm not willing to travel an hour to Whole Foods just for a couple of cherries. HA! Daddy will also get hot fudge and I think I will try to make some chocolate syrup for the kids... not sure out of what exactly. I have some raw chocolate... maybe some chocolate, xylitol and a little coconut oil? Hmmm that might work although the sweetness quotient of that makes me gag to think of.. No whipped cream of course, although I think Daddy might get some for himself but he didn't mention it so maybe he'll forget it's supposed to be on there. ;) I can't remember if that's all that makes up a sundae but that's all we're doing anyway. I am excited for them to try it! I'll take a picture if I remember b/c it's gonna be awesome!!! :D

Now don't you all feel like ice cream? :D

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas decorations

Daddyman made this years and years ago. Look at the details on the quilt. Please ignore the salt shaker. lol

He made these too.

And b/c she's just super cute!


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