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This One’s for My Mom

Screenshot_20170513-080555.jpgMy mother has been my best friend for as long as I can remember. She held me when I was little and called me her “sweetheart”, dressed me up in poufy dresses and frilly socks, took me dance lessons and recitals, added to my collections of Barbie dolls and Precious Moments figurines. She baked cookies for Santa with me and took me to school carnivals. She sang with me in the car, took me to see my first concert, taught me to love Garth Brooks and George Straight. She helped me through my first breakup….Though all of my break ups. She stood up for me anytime I was bullied, taught me to stand up for others, and made multiple trips to my school to defend me from dress code violations (yes, there was glitter on my pants and no, I still don’t tuck my shirt in or wear a belt). She taught me that black is our best color, we can gradually go blonde by consistently adding highlights to our hair, and we don’t have to dress provocatively to be noticed or to fit in. She knows when I’ve been crying, just from my “hello” on the phone. She has always allowed me to tell her anything and she’s never judged me for my poor decisions. Anytime I call, she answers. Anytime I need help, she offers. She’s my rock in the toughest times and I love her so so much!

Mom, I just want to say thank you for 30 years of exceptional motherhood. I am so ridiculously lucky to have you! You are my rock and I would be nothing without you. Thank you for being a smart, strong, hard working, and beautiful example of what a woman should be. I can only hope that I can be as good of an example to my kids as you have been for me. I love you with all of my heart! Happy Mother’s Day!


Not for this world

I am not made for this world. I don’t understand the ways in which it works. All of the hate and the pain is too much for such a kind soul to bare. I was made to love unconditionally, to show this world the light of the one who’s love is greatest. One day soon my savior will call me back to him and I will once again be washed in the purity of the spirit. Until then I must hold the hurt of this world inside and turn it into something beautiful. I must teach those around me to love the way that we were intended to. I must not be afraid to give my heart to those who need it for only through love can we change the world. So to you I say, may you live to love one another. When the world seems dark, be the light for those around you. Your heart may be broken and your kindness may be rejected but you should continue to love anyway. For only through being the example can we truly teach other. Words are shallow but actions are deep. Be the light you wish to see and soon the whole world will shine so bright that the darkness will have no where to hide.



Back in Action

Sorry for being away for so long. The struggles of life tend to weigh me down at times and I find it hard to continue to write during these times. I want to get back into a routine of writing at least weekly for you.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way it’s time for some exciting content!
I don’t know how you all do birthdays for your kids on the spectrum. But I do know that it can be a challenging affair since a lot of kids on the spectrum have a hard time making friends and may even have a hard time with all of the chaos that comes along with having a party. For this reason, many ASD kids don’t get the same appreciation that other typical kids would have on their birthdays. Recently I found a Facebook page called Project A Birthday To Remember. If you want to find it just search the name on Facebook. Once you like the page you see posts from them on your timeline. This page gives you names, pictures, and info for kids on the spectrum so that you can send them birthday cards or presents. I sent a couple of cheap gifts directly from Amazon recently and can I just say that it made me feel so joyful to be able to give directly to a child on the spectrum. They will never know who I am or even be able to thank me but I know they will get something they like ( and we know how hard it is to find things out ASD kids will like) for their birthday and can know that someone out there is wishing them a happy birthday. I highly encourage you to join the page and send a birthday card at least. It’s good for the soul!
Sorry so short today, I’m just getting warmed back up! As always comments and shares are greatly appreciated.


Some of the Good Things

I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who read my last post and responded. I have a hard time asking for help and I appreciate the pick me ups.
   Now that I have gotten some much needed rest, I want to share with you some of the positive things about traveling to Florida for the holidays. So here they are in no particular order.
1. Not having to do dishes
2. Getting to have breakfast served to me instead of me serving breakfast (it’s the little things)
3.Going to Disney World with my kiddos (and getting a special no standing in line pass for Tommy. Thank you for being special needs friendly Disney!).
4. Going to the parks, beaches, and basically just enjoying the weather and getting to be outside.
5. Poolside mani



6. Spending time with the smart, funny, and interesting Kish clan. I am so lucky to be a part of this family. There is no way to describe how special all of these people are to me. They make all of the stress worth it! I learn more every time I am around them.
7. Having extra hands and extra eyes for the kiddos. They are treated like royalty.
8. Did I mention the weather yet? 75-80 degrees so far.
9. Spending quality time with my husband. He has been surprisingly relaxed so far this trip and he is doing his best to help me with the kiddos.
10. Keurig coffee in the mornings. Yum yum
What are some of the good things going on in your life today?

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Autism Mom Looking for Encouragement

The holidays are usually my favorite time of year. This year a new set of challenges have made for a very difficult holiday season. My family and I are staying in a hotel for almost 2 weeks while we visit family for Christmas. Now 2 adults and 3 young kids in a hotel room is stressful enough on it’s own. My son Tommy is Autistic and is what some people call a runner (I like to think of him as more of an explorer). He will try and leave without an adult and he will just keep going. As you may have guessed, I now wake up constantly during the night in a panic thinking my child may have gotten up in the middle of the night and disappeared. On top of that, now my autistic child is in a new strange environment and his sleep patterns are all out of whack. 3 days in a row now I have either not gone to bed until 2 AM or I have had to wake up at 4:30AM after getting almost no sleep because that is when he chose to get up for the day. We have been up since about 430 this morning. By WE I mean Tom and I. My husband and other kids are still sleeping….in the same room…..with my yipping explorer and his loud iPad. Needless to say, now my husband (who NEVER gets up with Tommy or stays up with Tommy) is not a happy camper either because his precious beauty sleep is being interrupted. Instead of trying to help he is just critizing me for being on my phone. Yesterday was no better either. It consisted of a full day of trying to keep my son from sticking his fingers in his mouth while my husband drove us all around in the car ( as if we hadn’t all been in the car for hours of traveling for 2 days before that). Oh, let’s not forget how I almost had a meltdown of my own in the line at a chocolate store we visited. My son has a very hard time standing still (unless its in front of an iPad) . I just wanted to take a short tour of the chocolate factory which only lasted about 4 minutes because Tom couldn’t stand still and not yip ( there was an echo in the hallway so he just had to get in a couple of loud screams of course). I can’t tell you how many times I have had a complete stranger tell my kid to shhhhh. Seriously?!?! I don’t know you lady!!!! Don’t tell my kid what to do when I am standing right there. Then, I was standing in the line to buy some chocolate and Tommy couldn’t stand still or stop putting his hands in his mouth and I felt like the entire store was just staring at us. I was seconds away from crying right in front of everyone and the lady in front of me in line let me go before her. She will never know how much that saved me! Always be kind to strangers!!!!!!! Anyway, I could really use some encouragement in the next few days because I am having a very hard time getting in the Christmas spirit. So, comment and share and comment and share again! If you know the struggle I want to hear from you.
Thanks in advance!

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Autism: Before, During, and Immediately After the Diagnosis

When my son Tommy was about 18 months old his grandmother came to visit us. While she was there she mentioned that she was concerned with his development and we should take him to the pediatrician to have him checked out. I am so thankful that she spoke up and told me she thought something was wrong. At the time I didn’t think there was anything wrong with him. Some kids take longer to talk than others. My older son had taken a long time to talk. Once she explained her concerns I could see them too. He never came to you when you called his name. Most of the time he wouldn’t even act like he heard you. He had stopped looking at your face. He never spoke. You could clap your hands right next to his ears and he wouldn’t even turn his head. His great grandparents had also noticed his differences and their guess was that he may be deaf. So to the pediatrician we went. Now, I think it is important for you to know that we were at the pediatricians office at least 2 times a month back then and all the times we were there the pediatrician never once expressed concern for Tommy’s development. Maybe that is what had given me a false sense of security about Tommy. I assumed if there were a problem that the doctor would tell me. He hadn’t said a word about anything being wrong with him. Once I told him of our concerns he was immediately on top of it. He referred us to a handful of places to have tests and evaluations done. We had his eyes checked, his hearing checked, a speech therapy evaluation, an occupational therapy evaluation, a physical therapy evaluation, and finally a visit with a neurologist to review all of the testing. The whole process took about 6 months and not once would anyone tell me what was suddenly obvious to me, my son was Autistic. When this all started I wasn’t even aware that Autism existed. I consider myself to be an extremely intelligent individual (and so modest) and I didn’t even know it existed before God showed it to me.
About a month into all of the testing I was flipping through the channels and I landed on a movie called Mercury Rising. This movie has been around since the late 90s and I never had an interest in watching it. I had heard the title of course but I had no idea what it was about. I don’t even know what it was that made me stop on that channel. The movie had basically just started and I was watching this adorable little boy sit in his special needs class and act just like Tommy. Well, he was a lot more advanced than Tommy but he didn’t look at people when he spoke and he was really into this puzzle book that his teacher gave him. Eventually the movie reveals this genius child has Autism and the plot begins! I knew then that my son was probably Autistic. It was my “ah ha” moment! I searched autism and came upon the Autism Speaks website. This was my first look at Autism. I found out that it was a spectrum and that the abilities of people on the spectrum ranged based on where they fell. I found out that some kids speak and function almost normally in society and that others never develop speech and may even end up in assisted living facilities. You may be wondering how a supposedly intelligent person spent 20 something years not knowing about Autism. My theory is that God chose not to reveal it to me until it was the right time. Had I known sooner I may have been able to have him diagnosed sooner. I can remember now seeing signs as early as 9 months old but at the time I didn’t even know they were signs. It may not have made a difference at all though. I was told by multiple people that most doctors wont diagnose a child as Autistic until after their 3rd birthday . Tommy was diagnosed by a neurologist at 2 years old so he was already diagnosed earlier than most children at the time. I feel like God chose to keep Tommy’s condition from me as long as he did because he knew we never would have had a 3rd child if we had known before that Tommy was Autistic. I was already pregnant when we started looking into Tommy’s development . Once I knew it was Autism all I wanted was a confirmation and to know that he wasn’t on the severe side of the spectrum. When I asked the therapists that we’re evaluating him if they thought it was Autism they wouldn’t say. I was told that it could be because his older brother did all of his talking for him or that we may not have given him enough attention so he had become introverted. They all said that they couldn’t tell me if it was Autism because a Doctor had to diagnose him. For 6 long pregnant months I struggled with the uncertainty of it all and I held hope that he wasn’t severe and that eventually he would probably just be a genius with a few social issues. I had to work on the day that Tommy was diagnosed so my husband took him to his appointment with the neurologist. According to his story, the neurologist was in the room with my husband and my son for a total of 5 minutes and he told them that according to all of the testing and his observation Tommy was severely autistic. He also said that Tommy was a beautiful boy and that we were very lucky because he was so affectionate. Many kids with severe Autism are very sensitive to touch but Tommy is hypo sensitive so he loves being cuddled.
To confirm that it was Autism and to make sure that he didn’t suffer from seizures (also a common part of Autism), the neurologist set us up with a 24 hour hospital evaluation. He doesn’t have seizures an no other conditions were found from his testing thankfully. I lot has happened since Tommy was diagnosed almost 3 years ago and eventually I’m sure I will tell you all about him so be sure and follow my blog for updates!
I want to finish with what I hope you can learn from my experiences . First, educate yourself on the signs of Autism. You can actually screen your child for autism by using this link here .
Second, take your child’s development seriously and don’t assume the doctor will tell you if something is wrong. In fact, don’t assume anyone will point it out! Telling a parent that you don’t think their child is “normal” is not something that anyone wants to bring up and some people will just assume you are already aware.
Finally, I want to encourage you to take action for your child and don’t bury your head in the sand. Get them as much help as you can as soon as you can! Most states have some sort of program which provides therapy for special needs children as well as typical children who may have trouble speaking. If you are told you qualify for any type of therapy I would suggest you get it set up right away. Early intervention is key to helping your child improve. An added bonus to beginning therapy is that while you wait for your child to finish their sessions you can make friends with other parents of special needs children. Personally I have made 3 wonderful Autism mom friends who I am so thankful for. We can relate to each other’s struggles and we teach each other different methods of intervention. Hopefully this blog can also be a place where you can find resources and connect with other people. Since Autism has so many different treatments and symptoms and severities there is a lot of different information out there. It can be overwhelming. Take it all one day at a time and always remember that you are not alone!


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1 more pound to win!

The last 2 days I haven’t used my morning time to post for one reason…the diet bet. When I last left you I was trying to master cleanse and failing cheating. I had 2 lbs left to lose and 2 days left to do it. Well just in case you were wondering


That’s right! I succeeded and it wasn’t by successfully completeing the master cleanse because that was a total bust! Everyday that I tried (about 3 days total) I was able to go until about 3PM drinking just the lemonade. After that I gave WAY in to my cravings and spent the rest of the evening eating junk food. According to my fitbit I consumed the same amount of calories on days that I tried to do the cleanse and the days that I just try to eat healthy.
So, after 27 days of struggle, I woke up on weigh in day and stepped on my scale. I was short of my goal weight for the challenge by 1 last pound. Some people would give up at this point. There is no way I am losing the money I put into this though. So here is what I did to lose that final pound and put myself under my goal weight. First, I took a pamprin. Yes I mean the PMS medicine.  Essentially is help get rid of water weight. Then I did not eat or drink anything (not even water) until after I weighed in. I also got all bundled up so that I would sweat out the water. I only had to do this for about 3 hours before my scale measured where I needed it to. I was ridiculously thirsty and slightly uncomfortable from the heat. I feel those are pretty mild side effects though. Once I was exactly to my goal weight I started the final weigh in process. I was halfway through submitting my photos for review when something strange happened. I stepped on the scale to take my final weigh in photo and suddenly I was .2lbs heavier than I had been just 2 minutes before! I still haven’t figured out how that was possible. I stepped off and then on again, still too heavy. I wiggled the scale around and placed it back on the floor then stepped back on, still .2 over. I decided it was time to take drastic action. I pulled off my shirt first, then my fitbit, then my rings. The scale did not budge! But I was already halfway through my official weigh in, I had to submit that final picture of my feet standing on that scale. I thought of the only peices of clothing I had left on. I had to leave my leggings on or else they wouldn’t show up in the picture. My underwear weren’t going to make a difference. My last option was to remove my bra. As I liberated my chest from the ridiculous contraption I took a deep breath and stepped on the scale. Would you believe that booger dropped down over half a pound! I snapped the shot of my feet and sent it out for review. Minutes later I received my email saying I was a winner! I will let you know what my final winnings are once they are posted but I’m sure it wont be more than a few dollars over my original bet of $30. Dietbet won’t make you rich. However, they do an awesome job of keeping people like me accountable. I lost 2x as much weight this month VS months when I try to do it all myself. And, now that I have successfully completed my goal I get to reward myself!!!! So, I decided (it was no contest) to spend my winnings on my Julep subscription this month! If your not familiar with Julep let me educate you. They are an amazing women led company that sells veagan 5-free nail polishes as well as killer beauty products. With my Maven subscription ($25 a month) each month I get to customize my box of beauty. When you sign up you take a style quiz and it puts you in 1 of 4 categories(I got bombshell). Your box is automatically set up to include 2 full size polishes and a beauty product. You have a window each month where you can change your colors or swap out products.You can also upgrade you box with specially priced add ons or skip the box completely (quite handy if you lose your money on a dietbet). They also offer 20%  off for mavens and free shipping. I have subscribed for about 3 months now and I can’t get enough of it! If you want to try them out you can’t go wrong by getting your first box free! Just click HERE and pay the $2.99 shipping and you will receive 3 polishes and a beauty product in your first box. Call to cancel after that if you don’t love it….. You will though!  Ok, I’m going shopping now (online of course).