Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Autism Sunday - February 8th, 2009

Sunday the world will (hopefully) be recognizing families with autism at their churches.
Pope Benedict has called for all the Catholic churches to offer blessings for children with autism and their parents.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to let our community see how many of us there are, and hopefully teach awareness of situation.
Yes, we love our boys. It's just such a difference between our sons & daughter. Same parenting, such a huge disparity.
Here's Diana, off on her own, doing fantastic, even able to save enough money out of her food allowance to buy a desktop computer (her laptop is being iffy). She's on the Dean's List from her first term at University.
Trevor had such difficulty due to his lack of organizational skills that he can't go back to OIT until he can prove he will be successful. So he's working as hard as he can at community college so he can get back to where he wants to be. Yet he still can't keep $10 in his pocket more than 2 days, and he has yet to find any kind of job other than delivering newspapers or yard work. He is awesome at CAD, but there's no work for a college student in our 11.8% unemployment county right now.
Connor will most likely stay in high school until he has to graduate at 21. We have no idea where he'll wind up - but I can bet it won't be college. Hopefully he'll become independent enough to do some kind of job. At this point, I'm more concerned with what's happening in school now, and where he'll go for Junior High.
Yes, we grieve for the sons that should have been at Diana's level of intelligence & competence. We pray Trevor can mature to the point of full independence and hopefully become successful at having a career & family of his own. I think that's fully possible, it will probably just take more time for him to get there.
So, yeah - I appreciate people taking the time to pray for our family & our sons. We are just doing the best we can on a daily basis to help our kids be the best they can be.


Re-Navy!! said...

i know that Sunday I will DEFINITELY be praying for you! I will also be letting others know about autism. Maybe stand outside of Wal Mart and hand out flyers about autism (j/k BTW)

keeka said...

Is there a place to get a pin or ribbon like that one? It would be a great idea to wear one and have people ask about it!

Tina said...

I have a bracelet a friend made for me, which I'll be wearing.

They are sold online, but I wouldn't know where to find them in stores.

Just google "autism awareness" or "autism pin" or "autism ribbon" and there are lots of links.

Anonymous said...

People wishing to observe Autism Sunday may be interested in hearing the free podcast issued by Midnight In Chicago at entitled "Why is there autism? A Christian perspective."

It can be found at

Luna said...

D: I didn't get on the Dean's List...I never got a letter or anything about it...did you??

Tia was the one who got on it

Tina said...

The Dean's List is announced after each fall, winter, and spring term. To qualify, a student must be an admitted undergraduate and complete at least 15 credits for the term; 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better.

3.78 - you made the Dean's List. Someone dropped the ball & didn't get your letter out to you :)