2018 Family Moto

35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

Click on Nolen's name to hear our amazing journey through autism.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Check it out...

I finally had time to post my review of "What's eating your child?" by Kelly Dorfman.  If you have time, check it out at here.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Catching a break!

Four months ago, Nolen started receiving speech and sensory therapy.  His therapists came once a week and showed me what to do in order to teach him to talk.  I also learned a few tricks in desensitizing him. 
 As of yesterday, Nolen no long qualifies for speech therapy!! 
We have worked so hard to teach him how to talk and to provide the right learning environment for him.  Last July I had the feeling I needed to turn off the television for good.  This was definitely a prompting from my Heavenly Father.  We gave away all the toys with batteries and took down his train set. With a quiet environment, filled with the right learning opportunities, Nolen has learned to speak.  We still have a long way to go for his sensory issues, but I know we are on the right path.  We will truly miss his two therapist's that came each week to teach Nolen and I how to communicate.
Now on to another big issue, sleeping through the night...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Grandma X2

The last two weeks have been especially busy.  Between rehearsals, performances, kids, and a husband; I haven't had time to myself.  I am truly grateful to have two beautiful women in my life that are always willing to come and spend a week with me to help out while I get to do what I love: Sing.  I didn't really get a lot of pictures this time; however, I want them to know how much I appreciate their constant happy attitudes and their love for my family.  Thank you. I am eternally grateful for your sacrifice. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Anniversary Love

Yours Forever, However long
In Whatever fashion
Time may pass
Unending is my passion...
For you
Love, Stephen

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Post show let down



Trying to be Asian

Saturday, March 23, 2013


When your son is autistic, you walk outside and see this...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Celebrating 7 Years Together

I have been so blessed to be married to my best friend, Stephen.  We have made a wonderful life together.  With a lot of hard work and trust, we have been blessed with very little arguing and a lot of love.  Stephen is my soul mate.  I know the road may be hard; however, I have a true friend to help me through when it rains.  Thank you for being amazing, Stephen.  I love you.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Been pretty busy preparing for this...

Come see a beautiful, authentic Madama Butterfly at the National Hispanic Culteral Center put on by Opera Southwest.  Puccini's music is brilliant and the story line will keep you engaged.  Also, you can see me as a Geisha!  To get your tickets, go here.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Is that spring I see?

Even as I took these pictures, a bumble bee flew by my hand.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Autism Talking

I would first like to state that I dislike autism.  It has already worn out it's welcome here in my home and is welcome to leave and never return.  That being said, Nolen is doing great!  Despite his disability, Nolen is has really started to talk.  He is mimicking everything I say.  That means he has moved on from "labeling" and transitioned to putting thoughts and ideas together.  Love this little guy.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring, please come soon!

We are ready for spring here at the Barnes household. Now all we need is some warmer weather.