Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!
A special salute to all the special needs moms who sacrifice so much for their children!

I had the pleasure of spending my day with my two earthly blessings and my heavenly blessing was in my mind all day.
(no surprise about the picture...thats autism....majority of kids on the spectrum don't look at the camera.)

I had the pleasure of having lunch with two of the women who have influenced me the most in my life...
I am so thankful to have been raised in one of the most selfless, God loving families. Through that, I have become the  mother I am today. Raising special needs children requires you to be nothing but selfless and God loving!
Mom- Thanks for being one of the best influences in my life. You are my rock in this life. We would not be where we are today, if it wasn't for you! You have helped the boys and I with absolutely everything. We wouldn't be what we are today if it wasn't for your selfless love, caring, and devotion to us. You have seen me at my worst and yet you show me endless love by picking me up off my feet.

This morning before the boys and I left for church, I showed them a picture of our church and I said, "It's time for church!" Trenton grabs his things and goes to the door. Andrew repeatedly said church over and over.
When we were in the car backing out of the driveway, Andrew was smiling great big saying, "Church!" over and over.
I said, "Yes Andrew we are going to church."
Andrew looks at our front porch and sees Daddy.
Andrew says, "Church. Church. Daddy. Church."
I looked at Andrew and said, "Daddy doesn't want to go to church."
Andrew looked at me, smiled and said, "Mommy. Trenton. Church."
Mommy said, "Yes Andrew, the three of us are going to church."
Andrew says, "Nana. Grandma Great. Uncle Brian." Then he smiles and says. "church" numerous upon numerous times until we arrived at church.

The cute thing was he was naming names of the people that he sits by at church. He was so happy to be going to church. I think I heard church 50 plus times before we arrived. I love it!!! The sad thing, this is one of Andrew's repetitive behaviors is repeating the same word over and over. Since he is able to vocalize he does a lot of vocal stimming and vocal repetitive behaviors.

Also during church Andrew did the cutest things. During communion, he got a glimpse of Grandma Great. While everyone else was quiet, Andrew was saying, "Grandma Great" repeatedly! It was so cute!!


  1. Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year. That day we celebrate some wonderful women who gave us life and who will always help us. Happy birthday to all mothers!

  2. Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year. That day we celebrate some wonderful women who gave us life and who will always help us. Happy birthday to all mothers!


  3. Spend More Time With Your Children
    It does not matter if you work full time or part time. Maybe you stay at home with your children but you are working from home. Even if you stay home with your children, you are busy trying to get everything done. No matter who you are, you probably think that you are not spending enough time with your children. Quality time, that is. There are many ways to spend more time with your children.
    Your children do not need to play every sport or do every extracurricular activity out there. You could spend all of your time running your children from one practice to another. Pick just one or two activities that your children love and stick with them.
    Plan family dinners where everyone sits at the table, eats, and talks about their day.
    Make dinners special so everyone likes to spend time together while eating.
    Let your children help when you are working on things.
    They can help fix dinner, clean, and fix things. Children learn by watching and doing. Chores can turn into time together so that they are much more enjoyable.
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    Find things that you enjoy doing together.
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