Hi! I’m Susan…or Su, if you’re talking to my husband. I’ve never linked up to a blog party, (Boy Mom BlogHop) before so there’s no telling if I will mess this up.
I’m a stay-at-home wife to my best friend, Larry. He’s the reason I started my blog in the first place. He believes in me…what can I say. And I’m a stay-at-home mom to our three children. Max, our oldest, is 11. Grady, the middle dude, is 8. And Sam, our Pink Princess, is 5…(going on 25…anybody know what I mean?). So while I’m not fully saturated in ‘blue’…it’s close enough. (especially when our daughter crosses over to the ‘other’ side when she asks why she can’t be a boy, too….sigh)
Needless to say, it’s quite a lively household. Our oldest has high-functioning autism, which basically means that, while he is overcoming his ‘fear’ of people (they used to make his ‘head hot’), he still has to really work on his words. He wants to communicate and he knows what he wants to say in his head…it’s just getting it out there. But he sure gives it his best shot, and he inspires us every day with his perseverance.
Then there’s Grady, who has Asperger’s, which is also on the autism spectrum. And when I’m asked what the difference is between my oldest and him, I tell them that while Max has challenges in communicating…Grady does not. In fact, we
are tempted to offer him small amounts of money sometimes (wink, wink) to please, please, puh-leeeze quit talking about….dinosaurs, Star Wars, Transformers, Xbox, or…whatever new technical, informational subject he is ‘stuck’ on. Whew…it can drain you quick. (lol).
Grady also can’t deal with too much sensory stuff…and an example of that is, after 3 days of our church’s VBS, he decided to stay home. It was too much. The lights, the noise, the crowd, the videos, the people, the…everything. Too much. Overload. So when they had the finale, he watched it with my hands covering his ears, which were also covered by his hands. (I guess that was just to make sure no noise managed to sneak in).
And last, but oh, so not least….is Sam. If it’s pink, she’ll take it. She’ll wear it, she’ll play with it, she’ll eat…well, okay, she draws the line there. She hasn’t yet been officially put on the autism spectrum, but with her specific food preferences (trust me, that’s an understatement), the fact that she didn’t like clothes on her body when she was younger (it made her skin feel ‘spooky’…don’t ask), and maybe a few issues that seem to be surfacing in her communication…I’ll guess we’ll see what happens. She also can only handle so much sensory stimulation. (Although she can sure dish it out…if you know what I mean.)
Needless to say, that’s us in a nutshell (…which we are in for a reason). And I started this blog to share. About autism, walking by faith, understanding (and still loving) your unique kids, trusting God, making your marriage be the best it can be, being yourself…even if that means you leave some behind, and every other tidbit I’ve picked up along the way from talking with others about the struggles they have faced.
I’ve been through quite a lot in my 39 years, and I would so hate for these lessons to fall by the wayside. They may not be for everyone, but they have sure got me to where I am today. Not perfect…but much further than I came from.
So, hopefully I’ve included all the necessary info to ‘link’ into the ‘Boy Mom BlogHop’. I don’t just blog about my kids but, trust me, if a life lesson (or any lesson, for that matter) pops up for me through them…I will. Besides, they get quite embarrassed when I talk about them. (so weird…)
And while I do make jewelry and other cool, bling-bling crafts, I have no give-a-ways. Every time I make something to sell in my newly-opened Etsy store, someone at church finds out…and they buy it. (Gonna to take that as a good thing. lol)
Okay. That’s enough. Thanks for checking me (and us) out! God bless….Su