Oh I Didn’t Get A Chance To Post,…

Monday came and went and no post posted as we’ve been busy establishing a homeschool routine,…gotta get our work done!

We’ve got to cement all those sight words,…which with Apraxia are a miracle every time our little guy utters them. Has he really only been talking for two years? Miracle!

How gracious would you be if you were constantly dragged to therapy waiting rooms and expected to wait “nicely”?

Our little guy is a such a champ!

Logged a little park swing time while my little guy played,…although our weather has been brutally hot and humid! Fall for us is arriving in the middle of a heat wave!

What have I been writing these days? Lesson plans,…organizational schedules, and not much else. And that’s okay! I have faith in the Lord’s plan for my life! All those organizational and multitask skills I honed while publishing my book have been exceedingly useful for homeschool. Amazing how the Lord always trains you for the task set before you!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Back to Learning Land for us!

God bless and keep you!

When You Love Someone A Lot

Oh yes,…our little guy loves his big brother Teddy! No mistake about that,…but then we do, too!

Please note the lab coat! If you follow on Instagram or Twitter,…you’ve seen this lab coat,…garnered last week from a thrift store. Frankly it never occurred to me to purchase my eight year old a lab coat, but when Isaac was inspecting all the materials gathered for his home school science curriculum, he asked out of the blue, “Where’s my lab coat?” So utterly adorable for he was so utterly serious,…and yes that little phrase made it onto Twitter.

Lab coat? Where do you find a lab coat for a child? Or rather when do you find an authentic lab coat for a child that won’t cost $$$$. Trust me, a fakey costume lab coat from Party City wouldn’t cut it. Our little guy would know the difference. He wanted the real deal,…’cause he knew it would last! Thankfully when the Lord promised to meet all of our needs,…that includes lab coats for scientific-minded eight year olds. Mama searched high and low,…and eventually  scored a lab coat for her little guy. Best $3.00 ever spent!

That’s a lot of love,…to search the city for a non-necessity. Isaac doesn’t ‘need’ a lab coat to study science, or math, or reading for that matter. The coat is certainly helpful, it’s turned our entire house into a laboratory with a reading lab, math lab, science lab, of course, writing lab, spelling lab, and even breakfast lab, lunch lab, and supper lab. Is our little guy taking the lab theme,…a little too far? Yes, no, yes,….NO,…no,…and another no,…’cause it’s important to him,…thus it’s important to us.

Besides it’s the perfect lesson in getting into the right frame of mind. Isaac puts on that lab coat, and he’s ready to learn, to work, to give his best effort,…and our little guy always gives 100%. I mean, check out that birthday decor! If he’s going to tell his Teddy, “Happy Birthday!” — he’s going all out.

And so should we.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23

This especially applies to love!

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
– 1 Peter 4:8

Only the Lord is perfect,…the rest of us are finite beings,…prone to err,…and thus it is most wise to learn to love,…really love,…the love is patient, love is kind, love keeps no records of wrongs type love, which actually is a picture of the God’s love for us!

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends,…” – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

The world, of course, distorts the image of love until it is so filled with selfish, self-satisfied, self-indulgence and decadence you can’t recognize it. Or in other words the world’s version of love,…doesn’t last. Kinda like a fakey-lab coat that would disintegrate in the washing machine,…it’s not the real deal. When you’ve experienced what’s real,…you can immediately tell the difference!

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3: 12-14

The right clothing can help us have the right attitude to complete our work assigned to us. When we put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we’re getting ready to work,…to give our best effort. Add the lab coat of love,…to bind everything together in perfect unity. It really makes sense.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4: 7-19

When you love someone a lot,…it’s worth going the extra mile,…to find a lab coat,…put up birthday balloons,…or reach out to others, who perhaps have never experienced ‘real’ love. Love that never ends!

God bless and keep you!

 

 

 

 

New Beginnings

 

Home school starts for us this week,…new beginnings.
Our little guy is admiring big brother’s basketball trophy at our affiliate private school,…’cause here’s the big secret about home schoolers,…they ain’t home, much. There are classes to take, clubs to participate in, sports, and just plain ol’ social gatherings where everyone is included and valued. With so many extracurricular activities it takes discipline to get the academic work completed.

Blessed serendipity for us,…academics is our little guy’s ‘thing’! Maps are his delight, and right now he’s happily memorizing all his math facts, just for fun!
Seriously?
Yeah, I know it amazes us, too.
Of course, communication, thanks to apraxia, is our real challenge, but our little guy has made sooooo much progress. When Isaac began Kindergarten,…he couldn’t speak!!!! And now,…oh my goodness our little guy has made so much progress. Our chatterbox always has something to say about everything!

So where is Mama’s writing in this?
Good question, and one that deserves answering.
To date, Becoming Portia – New Beginnings is available on Amazon – paperback and ebook.

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Affinity For Food, a short story collection (food fiction) is slated for the next publication, but there has been a hiccup with Createspace and Kindle Publishing as they have surprise, surprise, unexpectedly merged, and I understand from other indie-authors the website is log-jammed as the switch isn’t going as smoothly as hoped.
The merger doesn’t affect Becoming Portia – New Beginnings, but for new productions, it’s going to either take longer or perhaps, and let’s be hopeful, be quicker. Becoming Portia – New Beginnings took so long to publish because it clocks in at 340 pages,…making it a honking big book, and a great value if you like a long lasting story with plenty of plot twists and turns. Affinity For Food, and Maxim’s Mermaid,…next up, are not nearly as long, so production should be quicker. One hopes. The gist, is that Affinity For Food will be out as quickly as I can edit, format and upload,…between science projects, 4H club meetings, math discovery, and literary adventures. Oh, and spelling, too. Not to mention,…therapy stuff.

With so much to do,…why bother writing?
I am a writer. Writers, write. And then self-publish,…it’s the wave of the future. Almost as important as the Gutenberg Bible,…which was a huge a new beginning in the literary world,…making the Bible available to the masses. Now in the 21st century new authors have a means of letting their voices be heard. Perhaps not every book is meant to be a best seller, but every book has value.
Just like every person has value. 

Thankfully that’s a lesson our little guy already knows. For the rest we’re trusting in the LORD for the direction of our youngest son’s academic school year,…and Mama’s writing career.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

Any new beginnings in your life or career?

God bless and keep you!

This Day Forward,…

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43: 18-19

Are there new things in your life?
New ways?
New paths?
New ventures?

New ventures have opened in our lives as we’ve yielded to the call to homeschool our youngest son. It’s a decision we’ve been praying about for the past few years, a decision not taken lightly, nor a decision to be second-guessed.

When the LORD flings doors open wide,…one is wise to walk through them,…and not look back. The snares of indecision are found in comparison – to the past, to others, to unrealistic expectations.

Now the work has begun,…it’s for us to trust in the LORD.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Last week we were in waiting mode, but this week we’re hitting the ground running knowing that the LORD is faithful.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” – Psalm 32:8

Loving eye has the Lord, and nothing is too small for the Lord’s concern. Obviously we’re on a budget to set up our homeschool school room. Good lighting is important, but it’s also expensive. Have you priced lamps lately? And we needed a desk, or desks, and a couple bookcases. And the lightening.

Needless to say we’ve been hitting thrift stores, and the Lord has truly provided: two desks in one day. One of those desks looks brand new, while the other is delightfully aged. No truly,…it’s a wooden desk with character. Also I walked into a thrift store across town and walked out with three matching bookcases.

Seriously?

Yeah,…it’s been amazing. Ditto for the needed curriculum,…every need has been met,…including the lighting. We needed many lamps, our basement is large, and a few we did have to purchase new, but the bulk I found at the thrift store,…and I confess I sniffing hard to keep from outright bawling.

Thursday and Friday of last week – I had found zero lamps during our thrift store runs, and yes we hit nearly every one in town. Friday night I spent researching lighting on the internet,…knowing I needed to stay in budget. We’re going for a retro/explorer/industrial type look for the schoolroom,…and uber-cool lighting like a green shaded banker’s lamp,…is uber expensive. With a sigh, I sighed, and vowed to be practical.

Saturday morning we return to the thrift store before heading to Lowes to purchase that new lighting,…and that’s when I spot a standing lamp with table,…and as I turned I saw another standing lamp,…the exact lamp I am about to purchase brand new at Lowes!!!! After that shopping was like a Google ad following me around the thrift store, “Here you looked at this,” — “Here you wanted to purchase that,” — “Wasn’t this in your cart?” – and I am not joking here,…but I found EVERYTHING I had researched on the internet right down to that green shaded, brass banker’s lamp!!!!

Oh yes,…I was sniffling with my ladened shopping buggy,…and praising the LORD at the same time.

Talk about being ‘equip for every good work’ – where the Lord guides, the Lord provides.

Now the academic work can begin in earnest,…and yes,…between homeschooling and therapy I am still planning on publishing up-coming books. How? I don’t know,…a few minutes here,…a few minutes there,…I am a big believer in blitz-writing (jotting it down whenever you get the chance), and I’ve already trained myself to edit on the go. It’s doable. I am a writer. Writers write. The output may be a little slower than I had hoped, but as the LORD wills,…the writing/publishing process will continue. Thank you to those readers reading: Becoming Portia – New Beginnings. I am grateful the LORD allowed me to accomplish that publishing goal before our homeschooling adventures began.

Moving forward now,…and not looking back. Every time I switch on that banker’s lamp, I’ll be remembering the LORD’S provision, and love. If it’s important to us, it’s important to the LORD,…even little things.

Whether you’re in waiting mode in your life or now pressing onto a new ventures, please know the LORD is ever faithful, ever loving, and ever present in our modern age.

Oh yes, the LORD who created the universe,…is well versed in modern technology. Why ever do we forget that?

“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14

Keeping to task,…from this day forward,….

God bless and keep you!

 

Waiting?

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How do you feel about waiting?

Do you go with the flow,…or feel like you’re going to explode?
Watched pots never boil they say, and it’s completely true statement. Pots don’t boil, it’s the water within that comes the the require temperature to set those molecules in action.
You know what?
Given enough heat…water always boils.
Always.
Now the timing can be off, but that’s due to variables: water depth, pot construction, even weather and altitude can have an influence.

What are you waiting on?
The variables are usually out of our control,…that’s where faith comes in.

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” – Psalm 33:20

The lovely thing about faith is that the LORD is always faithful,…even when we’re not.

2 Timothy 2:13
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 

“God has said, “Never will I leave nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5

These are promises we can stand upon for life’s uncertain at times, and waiting can often lead to worrying, but worship does wonders for worry.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3: 5-6

The Lord knows we’re finite,…sheep, dust,…little darlings who boo-hoo-hoo,…at every turn, and yet the Lord loves us,…”I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

Be comforted. Waiting is never comfortable, but we can go with the flow knowing the LORD, who is always faithful, is ultimately in control of our circumstances and our lives.

Wait for the LORD: be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14

What Do You Need?

 

School has started for our little guy!
Second Grade!
Oh boy what a great opportunity for growth – academically – socially – spiritually – and of course – physically. Our little guy is a big guy for eight years old with the promise to become a powerfully built man. However as yet our youngest son is still a little boy with a roomful of toys.
Toys being the leverage by which therapy is accomplished. Not so much now,…our little guy is big enough to work for the reward of praise, but take a toddler,…exactly how do you motivate them to cooperate with speech therapy?
Aha! Know what you’re thinking, but sorry, lollipops don’t work with children with sensory issues. They are too icky-sticky!
Nix ice cream,…or rather read the previous post to get an insight on that.
Cookies? Nope.
Chips? Eh, eh.
Toys? Close, but let’s be specific,…it must be ultra-cool toys,…hitting all the sensory bells and whistles, which by the way doesn’t include licensed characters. Sorry Buzz and Woody,…you and Mickey can’t help with therapy,…’cause Autism is a puzzled and we don’t know why our little guy doesn’t take a shine to you.
Blessed serendipity! Wouldn’t you just know it, but our little guy has a yen for educational toys. Forget transformers, our little guy wants to know how to transform letters into words! Big words! Functional words. His latest, “Laminator.” (’cause Mama was laminating therapy stuff or school!)

Therapy toys are a very soft spot for special needs parents. We chase after them as if they were a philosopher’s stone able to transform the base metal of our children’s challenges into the gold of success. Needless to say,…most of our children have an avalanche of toys piled in their closets or toy chests.
From time to time these potential avalanche piles need to be culled.

Past couple days I’ve been working in our little guy’s room. Culling? Oh yes, and organizing the remains into manageable categories. Math, here. Vocabulary and grammar, there. Geography,…just about everywhere! Maps are our little guy’s ‘thing!” Oh, and plain ol’ toys like blocks, play food, generic people and animals, cars, and LEGOS,…have their place, too.
During the progress of all this cleaning and re-ordering our little guy only had one comment about the culling of toys, i.e. packing up stuff to donate to the local thrift store. Noting exactly what was missing from his toy horde, Isaac leveled a warning look – his gaze holding mine – so Mama would completely understand, as he said, “I need my books.”

Thankfully not a single book had been displaced. Mama already knew her little guy loved his books, but she didn’t know the depth of that love equated with ‘need.’
Isaac wants Legos. Let’s make no mistake about that, he wants lots and lots of Legos, but he doesn’t ‘need’ them. Nor did any other toy that Isaac wants rise to the level of ‘need.’ Only his books. Interesting, but then most of Isaac’s favorite books are non-fiction “how the world works” type books or atlases ‘where everything is in the world’ – or picture dictionaries ‘what everything is named.’ – Isaac’s books explain the world to him in a way his toys never could. Hence, his need.

What do you need?

Everyone has needs.

In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed a psychology theory based on human motivation, i.e. needs. These needs were classified into six categories: Physiological, Safety, Social Belonging, Esteem, Self-actualization, and Self-transcendence.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

All our needs? Yep, and desires, too.

“What a person desires is unfailing love.” – Proverbs 19:22

Unfailing love? Oh yes, shall we all say, “Calvary?” – the cross where Jesus died for our sins – if that’s not unfailing love – nothing is!

But what about those six psychological needs: Physiological, Safety, Social Belonging, Esteem, Self-actualization, Self-transcendence?

(1) Physiological?   

Those basic needs are addressed in Matthew 6: 25-33

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

(2) Safety? This is a very important need in our modern age!

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2

(3) Social Belonging? Social media, anyone? Everyone wants to be liked, but social media can be more fickle than Twitter – follows/unfollow trends. So where is one to turn for a sense of belonging but the Lord, for even if you don’t have a family – you are a part of the family of God!

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,” – Ephesians 2:19

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2: 9

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

(4) Esteem? Where is your self-worth found? The world will call you worthless, but the Lord calls you ‘beloved.’ 

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – John 15:16

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3

“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands,” – Isaiah 49:16

(5) Self-actualization? Doesn’t this word seem like something you’d find on a test, but the teacher never covered the definition? But you don’t have to google it, it’s not difficult, in so many words, self-actualization actually means,…the need to be needed,…to accomplish your purpose in life. 

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.” – Psalm 138:8

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:23

(6) Self-transcendence?

Ah, now this is a VERY interesting ‘secular’ theory, which basically means humans have a innate spiritual ‘need.’  Of course, ‘they’ in the secular world say a higher power, but there is no higher power than the LORD of Lords, KING of kings, and ALMIGHTY GOD, nor is there anything in the universe more altruistic than John 3:16-17:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Humans,…that’s us,…we’re finite, and too often we confuse our ‘needs’ with our ‘wants’ – and fail to be grateful for the many mercies afforded to our modern lives. Hello, isn’t it a modern miracle I can type these words onto an electronic screen, which translates them into a binary code, which can be transported throughout the known world!!!!

Not to mention, I had breakfast this morning, more than one set of clothes to choose from, safety on the interstate taking my little guy to school, hello security guards at my son’s school, nice to know you are there in our modern age,…and so many other blessings. It’s mind-boggling. My son’s room over-flows with toys,…as in Psalm 23: ‘…my cup overflows.’  with toys we can share with others.

The books, stay.

My little guy ‘needs’ them,…and we want him to know his ‘needs’ are important to us, and important to God. 

Life seems so crazy in our modern world, but no matter what is going on in your life be assured God already knows your needs. 

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

God bless and keep you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redeeming, Ice Cream

Summer vacation is almost over for our little guy, and if you follow on Instagram and Twitter you know we’ve been trying to fit a few more family-outings like taking in an afternoon movie. Hello, Winnie-the-Pooh! Christopher Robin is only the second live-action movie our little guy has seen on the big screen. Cinderella was the first.

Have courage and be kind,” is the most memorable phrase from Cinderella. For Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh’s line stole the show, “I’m not stress,…I’m Pooh.” – of course, this only makes sense if you read that in a Winnie-the-Pooh voice, and know the movie context, but….trust me,…it was an adorable scene!

Interestingly Christopher Robin is a movie about a very stressed man ‘redeeming’ what was lost in his life. After the movie my husband and I decided it was time to redeem a very stressed family outing. Ice cream, anyone?

Ah,…ice cream on a hot summer day!
Is there anything more quintessential than a family ice cream outing in the depth of summer? Our two older guys loved when we’d stop for an ice cream cone! It was a real treat, for them and us. Is there anything more adorable than watching a toddler noshing on a drippy ice cream? The sheer look of delight the very first time they taste sweet, creamy ice-cold, ice cream. Yum City!  Such happy hearts sharing such a sweet treat together. Only with little ones make sure to have lots of wet wipes, or dating myself here, in a time before wet wipes, we’d bring washclothes and a jar of water to wipe the happy little messy faces.

Fast forward twenty-three years. Our guys are grown, but the Lord has blessed us with a third son.
FUN!!!
Having a child as older parents is like having a grandchild you don’t have to give back at the end of the day. We couldn’t wait to take our little guy for his first ice cream run,…but life kinda got in the way,…and our little guy was ‘mysteriously’ a picky eater. Baby food is soft and gooey, but our third baby decidedly didn’t like anything soft and gooey, which made meal time quite a challenge until his teeth came in and more solid food could be offered. But hey,…ice cream is ice cream,…and ALL kids like ice cream,…right?

Or not?

How many ways can you spell fiasco? Our two year old displayed no, absolutely no emotion when we told him we were going to go get some, “Ice cream,..Yeahhhhh!!!” Okay, he’s not had ice cream before,…but hey,…it’s a fun family outing. We’re all together, it’s a beautiful day,…we’re going to have fun introducing our little guy to the delights of ice cream on a hot summer day,…or not.

The ice cream hut is on a busy thoroughfare with traffic zooming. Our two year old was more interested in running toward this traffic than staying next to us. The words, “Ice cream,” – “Treat,” – “Fun,” – didn’t compute. While Daddy got the ice cream, Mama tried to keep their darling little one out of the traffic, and interested in ‘shared- interest’ – “Look a at the big pig?” Our little guy wasn’t having it. There were no tantrums, that we would have understood, it’s was just total and complete indifference – to us, the outing, and especially the ice cream.

You’d have thought that ice cream was the most disgusting icky muck. Our little guy didn’t want any part of it, “Thank you very much.” – not that our little guy could speak – as this was just after his Apraxia diagnosis, so we weren’t expecting anything verbal, but believe me – our little guy’s expressive face said it all, “If you want ice cream, YOU eat ice cream. I ain’t touching it.” 

Out came the dry pretzels from Mama’s purse. Those our little guy munched with a detached expression. Family outings meant ‘nothing’ to him, and since we weren’t letting him run around a busy parking lot….he wasn’t having fun. It was a disaster. I didn’t even eat my ice cream,…I was too upset. I sobbed all the way home, while my husband held my hand, and we added ‘family-outing’ to our prayer list for all the questions we had concerning our little guy for he had been ‘flagged’ for something called: Autism.

Needless to say ice cream runs have been off our charts for the past six years while we’ve learned to live with Autism. It’s not so daunting, once understood. Sensory issues are real. For some reason our little guy is not comfortable with anything soft or gooey,…and forget the whys or wherefores. That’s banging your head against the wall. Some things in life,…just are,…except it,..and move on.
My little guy certainly has moved on, and therapy helps. Sorry, but you can’t totally avoid soft and gooey things in life. Toothpaste is a necessity. Thus therapy is essential, and for any given issue, therapy can take either three hours, three days, three weeks, three years, or I imagine,…three decades. It’s a process, and every attempt is a successful try. Don’t give up hope, don’t ever give up hope.

Where is our little guy in his present state of progress? Lightyears, absolutely lightyears from that indifferent toddler wanting to run into traffic.

Isaac now eats ice cream!

Ah,…not this ice cream, however.

It didn’t meet his criteria,…which is to be completely frozen. Yes, Autism is a puzzle. Our little guy will now eat ice cream…IF it doesn’t melt, which means he only takes about three bites, but that’s still three bites of ice cream,…and he enjoys them. Progress! Can’t call it anything else, and we’ll take it. After all real life is never completely tidy with all those loose ends tucked in neatly. Is it?
As for shared interest, “Look Mama, that’s a big pig!”
Wow! Mama had to get a pix.
“Hold my ice cream, buddy.”
Out comes Mama’s phone, and did you notice who is holding the ice cream in those first two pictures? Trust me,…it took a lot of concentrated therapy to get past that soft and gooey stage! It also took Mama whipping out damp napkins to wipe down his little hands, lickety-split, but then I don’t like sticky hands either,…and there are worst things in life than being a very tidy child.

You know the thing about a family outing for ice cream, is that it’s never really about the ice cream. It’s about spending time together in a bonding experience.
Did our little guy eat ice cream?
No, no he didn’t.
Did he have fun, anyway?
Yes, yes he did.
“Mama, you like ice cream,” said Isaac happily watching us eat the melting treat.
“I like you more,” I replied,…’cause it’s the truth.

You know, the gift of Autism is that it breaks down life into the most basic components:
I love you.
You love me.
What else is important?
Certainly not what we think is important, it’s too easy to get ‘very stressed’ over nonessential elements in our lives. Micromanagement, anyone?
Micromanagement, you know,…kinda leaves faith by the wayside.
Six years ago when we started our Autism journey we didn’t know where we were headed, and we still don’t, but we have faith in the one who started us on this path.

Do you have areas in your life you need to redeem? Nothing is too hard for the Lord, nor is nothing too small for His notice,…not even ice cream outings.

“I know my Redeemer, lives” Job 19: 25

Job’s inspiring faith wasn’t after the fact, but during the darkest days of his trials when he couldn’t see a way out of his dilemma. Yet his faith in his ‘Redeemer’ never wavered.

“We walk by faith, not by sight.”  – 2 Corinthians 5:7 

Knowing you’re on the right path makes all the difference!

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan, but we can trust in the LORD who makes the plans for our lives.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Here’s to redeeming, ice cream!

God bless and keep you!