Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Awetism Awareness






Autism Awareness month pounces in like a lion then pads out like a lamb. We didn't do anything special this year. No parties or activities; no blue light bulbs. With two autists at home I'm already very 'aware' especially this month which has been tough, but I'd rather write about what I think is awesome about autism!  Here's my list:






  •  Simplicity. This started with eliminating sensory triggers, needless fanfare, parties,  celebration and their expense and extended to people who were not supportive of us.  We haven't raced or rushed in years. I love the way autism has helped us learn less is more.   
  •  Honesty.  Autism brings an extra special innocence to our kids as they have no motivation to lie.
  •  Trust. We validate our kids, no matter how quirky they are. They trust us to support them and have their best interest at heart.  They know that wherever possible we will put all of our efforts towards their goals. 
  •  Love. Our kids are exceptionally affectionate, kind, and gentle. Today, Ashi tells me often that she loves me. Izaiah who is still non-verbal smiles at me now and is very generous with his hugs and cuddles.
  •  Potential. The wild spring of possibilities amazes and inspires me daily.  I'm newly exploring the depths of Ashi's photographic memory and, in awe, I barely dare to imagine what Izaiah is thinking about as he examines angles, reflections, shadows, and water.  Their creativity and imagination is endless and the responsibility to help them develop it is like the weight of the world on my shoulders.   
  •  Faith. Our family is utterly dependent upon Christ for every eyelash flutter and vapor of breath. The trials seem endless, but His provision is deeper. I don't think I know anything more precious than Ashi asking a little girl her own age, "do you know Jesus?" She does so assuredly, confident in her role as a missionary.
  •  Growth in me. Autism has stretched and refined me in ways I never knew possible. A complete paradigm shift from trying to change our children to changing ourselves as parents instead is what has catapulted our kids to success. 
  •  Family.  Autism has made our family strong and resilient. Homeschooling has been a lifesaver for Ashi, who 'the system' labeled as hopeless and is now a straight A student. It has also strengthened and nurtured our sense of family and our dependence upon one another.
  •  Contentedness. Our kids aren't into the latest fads or gimmicks, they are content with the simplest things. Autism caused them to not like new things in the house as youngsters which was good as we couldn't afford stuff anyway! I love that Ashi can make an adventure out of virtually nothing but God's creation.
  •  Teachable.  My kids with autism have made me teachable.  Although I have provided all of their therapy and schooling, I have learned more than I ever imagined.
  •  Humor. Our kids are so witty, silly, smart, and inventive. We are satisfied with each others company and the life given us.  Autism freed us from what the world considers important and helped us focus on what God considers to be rich.  And when you're that free, you laugh...a lot.     
  • Happiness.  Our kids have autism and they are happy.  They are happy to be free to create, to live, to research, to discover, to learn, to be loved, adored, believed in; validated.  
So, happy Awetism Awareness Month to you.  Better late than never!  I know that the years go by fast while the days can be slow and filled with adversity. You're not alone. For every one thing that goes wrong, try to think of five that are right and you can make it through another day.


Annie Eskeldson writes for parents of young autists.  She has two of her own and has had a most difficult April coping with illnesses and such with kiddos.  Autism sure didn't make it any better...or did it??!!  Be sure to write a comment on this post.  All persons who comment will have their name put in a hat and one of you will win a complete hardcover set of the Ashi's Gift Series.                                             


14 comments:

  1. I love this! I read it and was thinking, "If only more could see the blessing through the difficulties!"

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    1. I know, Jennifer! So true. There is always something to be grateful for in every trial. I'll put your name in the 'hat' for the drawing!

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  2. I would love to win the books! I agree there are so many blessings. I'm working on such a post as well...thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Crystal! I hope you win them too. Wish I could give away more!!

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  3. I loved reading this Annie! Anytime we can find ways to truly glorify God while in the midst of challenge, it's a blessing!

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  4. I would love reading your books to get ideas that I could use to help my daughter!

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    1. Hi Cherie!! Thanks for your comment. I hope you win too!!

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  5. would LOVE to read these books!! :)
    BEST of luck to you & your family!! :)
    Julie
    (Julie Canada)

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    1. Thanks Julie! Awesome to have another friend in Canada. I'll put your name in the 'hat' for the drawing. I hope you win too :)

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  6. I love everything about this post!! :) sending you hugs annie! ~Meredith

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  7. Hi Bird!!! Hey! I was just thinking of you today ~~ SO happy I stopped by to check my blog posts. Miss ya, lots on fb groups and all but hope you are enjoying your break. I'll have to send you an email :)

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    1. yes you do need to send me an email! :) do you have mine? or can I get yours?

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