Wednesday, June 9, 2010

When are you gonna update your BLOG??

Okay, so you know how we all say, "I don't have time. I can barely keep up with my emails." Yes, we are all busy. Yes, we are all overscheduled. And yes, many of us mothers would choose sleep over sex--but we must remember to take care of ourselves--or someone or something WILL take care of you. And it may not be a pleasant experience.

Without going into great detail, I have had my share of difficulties these past 8 months--in relationships, in work, and yes, as a parent of a special needs kid. With that said, I think I have done an amazing job pulling myself out of the rubble that surrounded me in the last quarter of 2009. I can literally BREATHE again. Oh and appreciate the little things (for they may wind up being the big things when I'm 64).

I can directly attribute the 'spring in my step' to the following:
1- Faith
2- I hired a part-time nanny.
3- I started taking care of myself first. (After all, if mama ain't happy, no one is happy.)

I still have many hurdles to jump but now I have help and motivation.

Oh and BTW, Kenneth is doing AWESOME. Will write more on him later. This is "About Kenneth" after all...


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

09.09.09 How Much Longer?

Today, September 9th 2009, the National Autism Association will be holding the 09.09.09 campaign to ask those responsible for serving children how much longer we will have to wait until the disaster of the autism epidemic is admitted to, addressed, stopped and our children are given the care and protection that they are due.

The autism rate is no 1 in 100, and rising. The time has come for us all to demand that those in power stop the corrupt practices that have created this public health epidemic and undo the damage that has been done. The canary in the coal mine has become hundreds of thousands of canaries. Our governments and medical institutions are watching our children drop like flies and their response is to commission do nothing committees to make sure lots of busy work is being done while no actual change is effected.

Please set aside a little bit of time Wednesday and participate in the 09.09.09 campaign. Do it for Kenneth and do it so that no more children have to struggle like Kenneth.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Offline for now --

I'm temporarily offline on the blog.... will be back after July 20th.

Highlights This Month --
- Kenneth had his annual MRI yesterday and no significant changes since last one! The doctor wants to spread out visits now, so we won't see him for another 2 years. YEAHHH! Kenneth was very tired Tuesday and we've all been trying to catch up on our rest. I feel especially blessed at the moment. I didn't think we'd have any major news; I'm just reflecting on all we've/he's been through the last 5 years. Thanks be to God for our health.

- Kenneth finished Callier summer session last week; awesome stuff. I'm looking into some of their other options for supplemental therapy during the fall when regular school starts.

- We're embarking on the gluten-free diet (all of us; yikes!)

- We've started some initial supplements and getting some tests run so we can get a custom vitamin started before the fall. Our nutritionist thinks he has yeast overgrowth that may be a contributing factor with his digestion (apparently common in ASD kids).

- We're taking 2 weeks in August to focus on intense potty training (again). PRAY FOR US...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kenneth starts Callier UTD speech program

We got IN!! Thanks to all who prayed and waited with us over the holiday as I anxiously awaited a call from Callier (University of Texas at Dallas). It's an intensive 1:1 speech program for toddlers and they made an exception for Kenneth since he's over the usual age limit (3.5). He works 1:1 with a speech language pathology graduate student M-Th mornings. He still attends Lakewood in the afternoons and Fridays.

So far, he loves the program and has adjusted extremely well to the transition. I thought he'd be disappointed about the bus not coming in the mornings, but he is just fine. I'll try and keep you posted regularly on his progress. We are so excited about this opportunity; it is a blessing.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Steelers Pull Through with a 6-Pack

Kenneth witnessing one of the most exciting super bowls yet. The Steelers pulled through for us again. My gift to Ken is taking him to another 'celebration' party in Pittsburgh this summer.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kenneth's first wave bye-bye

I almost fainted and no I did not have the camera ready. As Kenneth got off the bus today, he did what he always does -- he said bye-bye to the driver, Ms. Brenda, and watched as the bus drove away (we have to wait until it is completely out of sight). Only this time he WAVED!! He held his left arm up and moved his hand up and down at the wrist; something he has NEVER done before.

Life is good. God is good.