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And so begins another week

The weekend flew by - as expected. VBS ended Friday night, the kids had friends over, we had the Aspergers conference on Saturday, Sunday we had the ice cream social and the church social. It's good to be back to work so I can rest. :) Friday night the kids had a blast. It was a little long due to various thank you's etc. but it was fun watching all three of my little 'arrows' get up and sing. now I just need to get the video from the digital camera onto some other media form. Afterwards a friend came over with her kids since she was going to watch ours the next day. The kids continued to have fun - way into the night. I was a little grumpy since I had to be up at 5:30 the next morning, but in the end they had a great time. With my darling daughter crying... "I want Audry... I'm never going to see her again!" And yet we saw them again at the pool yesterday. *sigh* Everything is so dramatic with this one. :) The conference was very informative. A quote that stuck in my mind was this. "A good thing about children with Aspergers is that they look normal, and they tend to be highly intelligent. The bad thing about children with Aspergers is they look normal, and they tend to be highly intelligent." Oh how true that statement is. One of the hardest things about Aspergers is that there are no set patterns for diagnosis. For instance, my son is not the 'little proffesor' where he rambles on incessantly about one topic. But he does diplay other traits such as the social que brakedowns, and the need to just move 'within his space'. The seminar was only 3 hours long, and the copies of the slide fit onto 16 pages, but we were each handed a binder with about 100 pages of articles, weblink resources, etc. My beloved is much more educated about this than I am, but I want to learn how to help my son. I want to learn how to be his advocate, and how to prepare for life - hopefully on his own one day. I tend to not want to dwell on the 'what-ifs' - just how-to's. One book that sticks in my mind is "Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals". I have not read this book, but the speaker highly recommended this book and suggested that it is an easy read and presents a really good summary to teachers, etc. My son is already 8, and it has taken us till now to really get the ball rolling. Since my son's diagnosis the Lord has brought several resources to us, and also at least two other parents of Autistic ('Aspies' in particular) children. My beloved and I are praying about if this is a ministry opportunity - long term that is. I feel like I am so far behind the curve... like I have failed him in some way already. Yesterday we opted to not go to church. My beloved has been dealing with digestion issues for about 5 days now. So much so that she's pretty much been on a mostly liquid diet. All three of the kids have also shown signs over the last five days - myself as well. We opted to sleep in, get the grass cut, and just take the day slower than expected. The pool party was a blast. My DD was so cold though... she was shivering but what a trooper. There was no way she was going to quit before the time was up at 9:30. :) Well, I'm exhausted just reviewing it all. :) My highlight was when we got back from the seminar and our friend's husband come over and I was able to show him my favorite game - Necromunda. :) Unfortunately it was pretty lopsided. He should be able to get back even when I play him in Axis & Allies. I hope you all had a great weekend. Verse for today: Matthew 6:25-34, esv “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [7] And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

2 comments:

ALP said...

What a weekend. Makes me tired just reading it all.

It sounds like it was a productive weekend though over all!

Good to hear...

Warrior Mom said...

The book that you have linked is an excellent resouce. Good to hear from you and I will pass on Aspie info when I find it.