Gratitude for Differences and Acceptance 15

Mejiro

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Today I am grateful for Katherine who shared this wonderful photo of her Merjiro, aka Japanese White-eye, with me and gave me permission to use it. The white around his eye gives him his name and makes him unique like many people.

Thank you to those of you who take the time to get to know and truly work to understand and accept children and adults with differences.  The support you give is greatly appreciated.  Hopefully in the future others will follow your example.  Blessings to all of you for all you do!  God willing hopefully one day in the future we will see an end to bullying of all types.    

There have always been people with differences and without them we would not have music, movies, books, cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPods, or so many other delightful things most of us enjoy.  The next time you meet someone who appears unconventional please take the time to see what wonderful insights that unique person has to offer.   

Gratitude for First Television Interview 27

Delightfully Different Book CoveI awoke shortly after three AM to get ready for my first television interview at one of our local news stations.  I was nervous and afterward I thought of other things I should have said including mentioning what a broad spectrum autism truly is, yet despite this and having a bad hair day today of all days, I survived.  I do ask that you keep in mind that I only had two and a half minutes to talk and believe me when I say it went by fast.  You can view it here.

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. 

         

Still Learning and Adapting 16

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!