15 Years Ago…Our Journey Began

Today is the day our journey with Tristan began.  Finally, all the preparation had been done. Paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork!  Waiting, waiting, and more waiting! Of course, we had no idea how the road would bend and curve.  We would climb uphill and enjoy the glide down! We did not have much knowledge about autism.  In little ways, God had prepared our hearts.  Given the choice I would do it all over again.  We are blessed to have been gifted with Tristan.  I hope one day to write this all down.

Enjoy a glimpse into the early days of our new adventure!

 

Counting the Days…

Quarantine.  Pandemic.  Shelter in place.  These words mean a lot to many of us.  In Tristan’s world not so much.  His routine has changed but many aspects of his life remain the same.   He is not worried about much.  His main concern is food.  Overall he is content.  But when he is bored…watch out!  He will create his own entertainment.  Here is one example.

This was one of the latest updates I received from his group home.

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Bored with English!

Tristan loves to watch YouTube on his tablet.   It is always the same genre of videos.  Videos with songs on Abc’s, colors, shapes, and counting!  I am grateful for all the creative video content on these topics. He is developmentally a toddler/preschooler, and he thoroughly enjoys choosing his videos.   Lately…he has discovered you can watch the same topics of videos in other languages!

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Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month.  I do have a story to share.

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A few years ago my older son asked me for some money for school.  His school was collecting money for Autism Awareness Month. The conversation went something like this…

Jacob:  Mom can I have some money for Autism Awareness fundraiser.

Mom:  No you may not.  If you want Autism Awareness bring your brother to school with you!  People will be very aware of autism!!! They will see first hand it is a communication and social impairment.

I thought my answer seemed logical and funny.  However, my son did not think so!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter!

Straight From Tristan’s Heart

Yesterday we had a challenging day.  He was just not content the entire day, and I know he can not help this.  Lately, he has been more verbal on and off throughout the day.

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He has been repeating the same thoughts.  One of his thoughts is about wanting McDonald’s.  At the end of the day; I tucked him in bed.  I said, “Tristan what can we thank Jesus for?”  I ask questions throughout the day.  Most of the time I don’t get a response.  This time, he did respond. This was his prayer, “Dear Jesus thank you for McDonald’s.”

Now we did not have McDonald’s!  I guess I know what he is thinking about; even his prayers are about McDonald’s.

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!