Being a parent can be very difficult especially if you add autism to the mix. For me that is a challenge, one I am not too fond of. Today I find out if my third son is on the spectrum, which in a Way makes me nervous. If he is diagnosed that will make it three for three. I have five kids, three boys and two girls. None of my boys have escaped the burden of autism so far and the first screening we had with our last was not good at all.
It is so discouraging at times to watch my sons struggle everyday. My nine year old struggles the most and it just breaks my heart. Knowing that he gets bullied at school doesn’t help at all either. It is definitely a hard transition for my babies when it comes to interacting with their peers, strangers, or other social experiences. It’s sad to watch them get overwhelmed when I take them out into the store knowing many are probably viewing him as a bad kid and not one that needs comfort and understanding.
My goal here is to help bring awareness for Autism. So many don’t understand it!!! I hate when people say ‘they don’t look autistic’, well no duh, Autism is so much more involved. Every child, adult, person is different on the spectrum. First ask questions, do research but don’t judge. Until you know the struggle and heartache just pray and be more understanding. Also feel free to check out my website, The Family Way
Today I ran across one of the funniest life hacks hat had me on the floor laughing. The image it gave me of when I was a teenager was priceless! To be honest an image of teenagers today going through phone withdrawals is just overbearingly hilarious. The life hack quotes this:
“When punishing your kids, don’t take away their electronics. Just take their charger and watch the fear in their eyes as they use it less and less while the battery slowly dies.”
It was just to pass up to now share!!! As a parent I have learned it is best to have an open mind and a great sense of humor!!!!
My brother Michael sent me a beautiful video that was put together by him of our Grandaddy. He passed away back in September of 2015, that is when I really cut back on my writing also.
This video shows just a fragment of the service he did for the Lord. Giving Bibles to churches and all over Bulgaria. Risking his life while working for the Lord so others could know about Jesus. We need to have that dedication, that motivation to drop everything and put Him first!
Thank you again Michael for the beautiful video!
It’s hard to believe it has been eleven years already. Me and my husband, Billy, got married June 2nd of 2007; Personally it feels like it has been less time than that but nope it has literally been eleven years. Can’t believe during that time we have become parents of five amazing kids which have stolen our hearts and minds lol. During those years we have gone on many adventures, we have been through a lot personally and I feel like life has just been absolutely amazing.
God knew exactly what He was doing when he placed Billy into my life. It’s a funny story how we met, one of my favorite ones to talk about. It all started when I was sixteen, looking for a job to be exact. I had an interview at Hollywood video across from the mall known as North Park there in Jackson, Mississippi. When I went in for the interview they needed to reschedule due to the Manager being called away. At that time I was bummed but what happened next was no coincidence. Me and my family decided to go to the mall, it was kind of a tradition for me and my siblings to wander the mall on Saturdays. Well I went into the bookstore called B. Dalton, a smaller version of Barnes and Noble basically. They weren’t hiring but I decided to humor myself and apply, so I did. After that I went home and didn’t think anything of it. The next day I get a phone call asking me to come in Monday with all my credentials for an interview. When I got that phone call I was stunned, I went in to check it out and was hired on the spot. A week goes by, Billy was out of the store due to personal leave, he came back and that is when I met my husband for the first time. It was so weird because I knew there was something about him, I fell for him almost immediately. Love is such a funny thing and honestly this is only the beginning of how our relationship began. For the next few weeks I will be blogging about how our relationship bloomed and how love is such a precious gift.
It’s funny as an adult to think of the phrase “Life is like a box of chocolate’s you never know what you are going to get.” That statement was made by Forrest Gump in the movie “Forrest Gump”. As a child it went over my head and I never really connected with that statement, now that I am an adult I see how true it is. Life is full of many twists and turns and you never really know where you are going to end up. Today I was thnking about all the many different routes my life could have taken due to choices that were laid on my lap when I was younger. Life is like a path with many different directions or a river with many different currents. It’s interesting to think about all the many different choices and paths that could have been but weren’t because of the path you chose already.
Life is like a box of chocolates, we don’t know what will happen the next day, moment, or year from now. There are so many different scenarios that can result from one choice that was made and you don’t know which one is going to when the lottery for that day. To be honest I enjoy not knowing, living life with laughter and joy without knowing what is going to happen next makes life more exciting in my opinion. Just like in the featured picture for this post, my youngest son is holding an Easter egg full of candy. Until he opens it he doesn’t know what kind is in it. Life is amazing and is like a roller coaster that gives you so much of thrill and excitement. Live life to the fullest, you never know when your journey is going to end. Live. Laugh. Make Memories.
The seasons have changed, the grass is greener, the sky is brighter, and the kids are out! Yes, Summer has officially begun!!! Personally I can’t believe how much time has flown by this year. It seems like it was only Yesterday that we were celebrating Christmas and now here it is almost Memorial Day.
Planning fun outside activities with the family, like picnics and park trips are great ways to connect with your family. I have been trying to incorporate a lot of water play with the kids to keep them cool as they play outside in the heat. Having chalk, bubbles, and crafts available for the kids help alleviate boredom and build on their creativity. On another note though, boredom isn’t a bad hint to have. When children are bored they are able to use their imagination which I feel is a great way to help your child build character and think outside the box.
Motherhood in a snapshot!