2017 Family Moto


6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowingbeforehand the things which I should do.

7 Nevertheless I went forth...

1st Nephi Chapter 4:6-7

"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, April 27, 2013

Weed free for one more week...

It seems like every time I turn around new weeds pop up at this house. If I spend an hour every Saturday I can keep them at bay. This is my before picture for my garden. I sure hope something will grow.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A day out

We have been so busy lately. I love warm weather and Nolen has been doing so well that I have been feeling better about venturing out. We headed to the zoo and the park all in one day!



 

 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dad, laundry, and boats


Perfect day for a picnic

79 degrees today and we are taking advantage of it!

 


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Taurine and sweet moments

A few days ago, I started using Taurine.  Taurine is a non-essential fatty acid that helps with the absorption of vitamins and minerals, especially omega's.  I figured it couldn't hurt to try it and see if it would help Nolen, even just a little.  This may be a coincidence, but I doubt it; however, Nolen realized Stephen was leaving and said, "Bye-Bye, Daddy"!  It was amazing!!  He then ran to the door and saw him leave then ran to the window to watch him drive away, all the while saying, "Bye-Bye, Daddy." 

These are moments I didn't think were possible 5 months ago.  Nolen had never said or done anything like that before.  To compare, at just over a year old, Edward would cry and say, "Bye-Bye, Dadda" when Stephen would leave.  Nolen is nearly 2 1/2.  These mile stones are amazing to watch.

 I have now heard so many different stories of children who are newly diagnosed with Autism.  It is heart wrenching.  I believe I have been solely led by God in making decisions to treat Nolen.  Nolen stopped talking around September or October.  Shortly thereafter I had him in speech therapy.  I believe this major step has helped him recover his speech quickly.  I know that God has helped me make every single decision, no matter how hard, so that I can help Nolen find his way back to our world. 

Some really great things about Autism that I have noticed are that Nolen does not lie or try to deceive me.  Nolen is extremely caring.  He lives in the moment.  Nolen loves repetition (and so do I); therefore, we stick to the same schedule every single day with hardly any variance.  I like that a lot.  Nolen can play for hours alone.  Nolen can play with any toy, it doesn't matter if it is pink, red, blue, or broken.  Nolen does not throw many tantrums, this may just be his easy going personality, but for me that is a true gift because I have another child who can be quite dramatic at times.

Autism has changed my life for the better.  Just 5 months ago I had myself convinced I was doing fine as a parent.  I was feeding my children 3 meals with snacks and playing with them.  I was also ignoring them.  I would rush to the computer to do something for myself all the time.

Autism has forced me to step away from the computer and become a real hands on Mom.  Autism has forced me to change my children's diet completely.  I used to think that just because they were eating that that was good enough.  Not so.  I have started reading less fiction and really started learning about how our bodies work.  Nutrition is key to our long term happiness and health. Autism has taught me to be grateful for the little things, like eye contact. 

May our life lessons be hard as long as we are willing to learn from them.  I am finally coming out of my dark depression and can see the light.  Maybe just a little.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Giggling with Edward

Oh, I just LOVE these moments!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dress-up

I missed taking pictures of my boys dressed up in their cute Easter outfits, so yesterday I took a few pictures to show just how cute they really can be when they are all cleaned up.








Saturday, April 13, 2013

Playing Peek-a-boo


Hard work

Today, I am sitting across from my sweet 4 year old eating cinnamon chex's
for our break from working in the garden.
Edward said, "Mom, I don't like hard work." I thought, me either; however this is a great opportunity to teach a growing boy that hard work is necessary in order to have nice things, like watermelon.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three states and cousins

I must be a pro at driving long distances with my kids by now. I have driven with these two boys as my passengers so much that they are finally starting to be content with whatever they can get while we are driving.
I love visiting my parents. It is always a welcome respite. Nolen enjoys throwing rocks in the pond while Edward enjoys every single second he can get with his cousin, Logan.
















 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A day out with Thomas

One of our favorite yearly activities, spending the day with Thomas the Train. Nolen loves Thomas and was super excited to see Thomas in person. We had a wonderful day!