What A Year!

It’s incredible that 2015 has come to an end.   This year MJ has reached so many goals and has accomplished more than we could have imagined.  It makes me not only grateful, but excited about the upcoming year.  Last year at this time I would’ve never thought:

He’d transition to middle school so well.  

He’d be swimming so much and so well.  

He’d be able to ride his bike for any amount of time. 

He’d be telling jokes all of the time. 

He’d be surprising me with his new vocabulary…

An amazing moment happened just last night when on his own, MJ hugged his dad from behind as if to say, “Thanks dad, I see you and I love you (the pic shown of them is from that moment).”

Another awesome accomplishment this year is concerning my daughter and her understanding of her brother and his needs.  I’m still blown away by what she did on Thanksgiving day.  

I’m truly excited to see what 2016 will bring. 

I pray all of you really do have an awesome New Year. 💕  


This Christmas 


My daughter’s school Christmas performance. 


Our attempt at taking family Christmas pics.  MJ was clearly not in the mood!


Now this is better.  


Christmas morning and the marble run that he wanted. 


Christmas joy.  


Pineapple upside down cake made especially for MJ by a family member.  


After taking about 40 pics, this was the best family pic we could get.  😊

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  😊😊😊

3 Day Quote Challenge…Accepted!

Cathy Lynn Brooks nominated me for this 3 Day Quote Challenge!  Here are the rules:

  1.  Post 3 Consecutive Days.
  2. Pick one or three quotes per day.
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day.

The quote I am choosing today is one that I relate to.  It reminds me of the reason why I work with children.  It really does “spark a light in me.”

I nominate anyone who would like to inspire us with some of their favorite quotes!

Thank God For Toby😉

Bike riding didn’t go too well today.  At Several times MJ yelled out “BIKE RIDING IS NO FUN!” He still refused to go inside the house though.  We assumed it was because his sister was still outside riding her bike.  Just as a meltdown was about to ensue, the neighborhood cat, Toby, saved the day!   MJ forgot he was upset and began talking to and petting Toby.  

Right on time Toby😀!!


It Only Took 10 Seconds

It only took 10 seconds for my son to do something he thought was funny but was actually inappropriate. 

It only took 10 minutes for 3 boys to see him do this and begin to make fun of him. 

It only took 10 seconds for me to explain to the boys that my son has autism and he does certain things that they may not understand.   

It only took 10 seconds for MJ’s typical happy face to look sad.  

It only took 10 seconds for my heart to sink  because they were laughing at him.  

It only took 10 seconds for me to tell MJ what he should have done and to tell him it will be okay. 

People wonder why I’m over protective and watch him everywhere we go.  I do it because I HAVE TO.  If I was not paying attention I would have never even noticed what happened.  I would not have been able to address MJ or the other boys.  

Whoever doesn’t understand that can go fly a kite. 

These 10 seconds are over.