Polkadot Arrives!

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After 9 long months, Polkadot is here! She arrived on July 22, 2011, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz and 19 1/2 inches long!  She is an absolute treasure and gift to our family.   I hope to resume regular posts soon!

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart”. Psalm 37:4

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Our First Puppet Show!

Well, we had an ongoing problem between Tori (6-NT) and Robbie (4-ASD) who share a room.  Robbie tends to get up early, and once awake, is very vocal.  He loves to belt out tunes, or go on a long running dialogue with himself scripting out his favorite shows with all the voice inflections (and loudnesses) to go along with it!  Robbie has no idea that he is waking people up or even that waking people could be annoying!  Tori wakes up to this on a regular basis and is usually quite irritated with her dear brother!  So, last night we decided to put on a puppet show about this situation–kinda like a social story on video.  Tori LOVES to act out parts and Robbie loves watching the videos.  This turned out to be quite therapeutic for Tori as well.  She has started to understand that Robbie doesn’t do these things on purpose to annoy her, but that he is just clueless on such matters and that if he knew how annoying he’s been, he’d probably feel pretty sorry about it!  So, this turned out to be a great way to turn a problematic situation into something fun for everyone!

 

I just attempted to upload the video of our puppet show, but apparently that is a $60/year upgrade so we won’t be able to do that!  However, if you are on facebook, it will be there soon!

Philippians 4:8

” And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (NLT)

This is a good note to end on for the day, I’d say!  And, a good theme for the purpose of this blog.  So much is written and believed about autism that is negative, ugly, and just plain not true.  I hope to bring the lovely and admirable side of the spectrum out in this blog.  For example, tonight my little Robbie (age 4) was so overly excited and happy that I was putting him to bed instead of Dan.  Usually, Dan would have that job but now he as chosen me to do it.  He was jumping for joy in my arms and doing this cute intense love-look “stim” he does while staring closely in my eyes while simultaneously doing his version of “flapping”.  The emotions in that little guy are just too big to be contained in a 4 year old body.  (Maybe that is why he’s so tall?)  The beauty of this that he directed that intensity of positive emotions to me!  I don’t think that most parents get to ever experience such intensity.  It is just a little gimpse of the love the Savior has for us, that would cause Him to rejoice over us with singing (Zeph 3:17).

Hello everyone!

Figuring out the blog-world.  Want to be able to write and post my views on awe-tism (my way of spelling autism) and be an encouragement to others, in my massive quantities of spare time :0)  I have boy/girl twins that are six, and a a boy that is four.  Both my boys have awe-tism and my girl is NT (Neurotypical).  God has brought me down a path requiring a complete paradigm shift…one that I didn’t want or choose, but now am so happy and blessed to have!

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