Gratitude for Inspiring Daughter 11

I am proud of both of my children as I have mentioned before on this blog.  This week I am particularly grateful for and proud of how mature my daughter has become.  We enrolled her in a prestigious private school when she was five.  This was before she had the diagnosis of Asperger’s.  

She has done extremely well academically, yet we had recent struggles related to past bullying at her school and years of being misunderstood.  She made a difficult decision this week and handled it with great maturity for any child who is fifteen years old, let alone a fifteen year old on the autism spectrum.  We have encouraged her to become her own advocate and she has.  She even met with and politely informed the Dean of her school of her decision and the reason behind it.  Both her dad and I are so proud of her and stand behind her decision 100 percent. 

         

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Easter of Long Ago - Copy“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13.  What better time to discuss forgiveness that the weekend we celebrate Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for our forgiveness.

Anger destroys us not others.  Immaculee Ilibagiza knows this more than anyone and she is the one who taught me how important letting go of the anger is.  Still, forgiveness is not easy and being in an environment that constantly reminds one of an emotional injury does not help.

Positive environments along with support and understanding help us to reach a place of peace and allow us to learn to let go of anger so we can move on with our lives.  Therefore, our family is once again adapting and learning as we work to forgive others.  Our family will join many of our fellow bloggers in the world of homeschooling for the 2011-2012 school year.

Today, I am grateful once again for the support and understanding of the blogging community and especially to those I mentioned in my previous post.  I am grateful that K12 International Academy has an amazing high school diploma program.  I am grateful that my husband and I are in complete agreement in our choice.  We are a team and we will do whatever it takes to help our children succeed in life.

Wishing you and yours a blessed weekend!

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I am doing my gratitude post because I do have things that I am grateful about even when things are not easy at the moment.

I am so proud of my son. He brainstormed and decided that he would help promote my book on his personal Facebook page. Not bad for a kid who is in middle school!  Here is what he posted:
“Autism awareness is something dear to my heart, to find out more go to www.authordswalker.com copy and paste this as u’r status if u like it.”

I am grateful that this giveaway along with my book, Delightfully Different is part of Danette’s Best of Best Series, Edition 5. I am grateful to Amanda at Rage Against the Washing Machine and to Trish at In So Many Words for reviewing and running giveaways of my novel. I grateful to Kajoli at Floortime Lite Mama for reviewing my novel and interviewing me about it.

This month’s series is a giveaway bonanza in honor of Autism Awareness month in the United States and all invisible special needs. The series includes fifty reviews so it is definitely worth a look. Just click on the banner or the link in the previous paragraph.

I ask for your continued support of my family with your positive thoughts and prayers. I promise to actually try to read and comment on some of your blogs this weekend as I have been so consumed with a personal issue that I am very behind in doing this. I want all of you to know I am so grateful to you.

I also would like to request that you pray for Jen at The King and Eye and her little boy who is undergoing more medical procedures to determine his diagnosis. Her last news was not good.

Blessings to all of you for your understanding and support!

Mahalo,

Sue

Reasons to be Grateful 16

I have put off doing my gratitude post this week hoping for something that makes me grateful.  Today I learned a preliminary MRI report indicates my brother’s cancer has not spread, so it hopefully is curable.  I am grateful for this and for my three brothers.  Yes, I am the baby.

Tonight I watched part of “The Kennedys” mini-series.  I am grateful that frontal lobotomies are no longer routinely done.  I am grateful that children are no longer institutionalized due to mental challenges.  I would still like to see more changes in the way people treat those with any differences, and I am hopeful that we will see more changes.

I mentioned my dream for the future in one of my December posts.  You can read it here. The last few weeks this has been constantly on my mind.  I want to see a world where people really understand how autism spectrum affects every aspect of life and how severe bullying along with being  misunderstood can cause problems even years later.

I dream of the day that children on the spectrum who are experiencing sensory overload or anxiety get the same level of support from their peers, teachers, counselors, principals, and everyone involved in their life as a child undergoing chemotherapy gets.  I hope and pray that day will come.  I am so tired of trying to explain to people how important this is, but I am grateful that at least more people listen now than they did four years ago.

I hope many of you will sign up for at least one book give away from Help! S-O-S for Parenting during the Book Review and Give Away for Autism Awareness for the April fifteenth Best-of-Best Series. The more people understand our precious children the better.  See my previous posts for more details.