May ended for us with our annual Autism 5k with the Autism Society of Central Virginia. This tradition has become one that I really look forward to. It is a day of community support and a place where we all feel connected and a part of something. For many of us, that is not something we have on a daily basis. I am so thankful for all the ASCV brings to us.
It’s already the 5th month of 2017! Has anyone else struggled with remembering the month we are in, wondering if it was December and how the time haas flown by? This picture is from our middle daughter’s junior prom.
This week, I got to spend some time with a friend that I don’t get to see very often. It was a real treat as well as a moment of awareness. My friend Emily, is one of the smartest ladies I know, she is also one of my most blunt friends. There is no room for any misinterpretation with her. When we first met, I was 24, newly married to my first husband and had just started my first “real” job in NYC, post college. She was a colleague and I so admired her skills and sass. For a while, I did not know how to digest her delivery, but fast forward 25 years and I realize how much of a gift it is to have a friend like this. I learned so much from her, and continue to. Thinking back and realizing that at the time I did not even know what it was that she was teaching me, but she gave me so many tools that I now use every day. Tools that would help anyone, but as a parent to a child with Special Needs, these things have given me such strength.
Did you set goals for yourself? Are you reaching them? I think it is a good time to evaluate, check in with ourselves and see where we are at. I have kept my promise to allow the time to exercise. It is making a big difference. My energy is better and I am also feeling stronger mentally & physically. I have fallen short on staying in touch with family & friends and making some girl time, so I want to make that happen. The beauty of goals is that every day is a new chance to make it happen. No need to be negative and feel defeated, deep breath and move forward.
Well, we have made it through the first month of 2017. What a month it has been, a new President, weather going from 20 degrees to 60 degrees in 24 hours and kids having school schedules that have been so unpredictable.
Well, the Holiday season has ended, routines start back and here we go again. I hope you all had some tim to relax. We had some family visiting and then drove to visit more family. Although we did not have much down time, the ability to have seen family and create some memories was wonderful.
I am not going to lie, there were some hard moments, our son adapted to the schedule change, but, he is so complacent just being with his Nintendo. It is hard to get him to connect and be a part of things. I am working with him and will continue to, but I had many sad moments wishing and wanting more for him.
Let’s enjoy each day.
Let’s smile a little more and cry a little less.
Let’s make a memory and find gratitude in as much as we can.
Let’s bake cookies, take the kids to see sensitive santa or maybe look at some lights around town. Let’s remember it may not be perfect , but what is? Let’s embrace our “KNOWDifferent” and keep our hearts full.
We are thankful for the magic of the season and all of the love of our family & friends.
Your KNOWDifferent Family
November is here, I was hoping that we could enjoy the month with the simplicty of gratitude and the beautiful season around us, then I walked into a store on 10/31 and heard Christmas music along with trees up! NOOOOOO! I am not losing my goal. Let’s try to keep the focus on each day and find a moment of thanks in the simple things around us. As special need parents, we are given challenges that others do not have. We should try to embrace all that we can to help find the simple joys around us. This month I will have a few articles on just that. Plus, we are going to do a Facebook and site search to share as many families as we can to share something simple that you are thankful for. If you want to join in, send me a note here.
September! As sad as I am to be back in the routine and the reality that beach visits have ended for the season, the Fall weather and festivals are making me smile! I will also admit, this is my birthday month, and I LOVE birthdays! I kind of want to celebrate it every day in some way! Is that silly? I have always been this way! This year is a big birthday for me, so I may have to up my celebration planning!