A Blog Dedicated to…

There are some amazing autism blogs out there. One that I read on a regular basis is Diary of a Mom. Jess has helped me understand my granddaughter in ways I may have never thought of through sharing her insights into her family’s journey in Autismville.

Another is Autism in a Word. Jeneil takes us through a journey of hope and faith. She fills my heart and my soul.

I was finally able to get my daughter to read one of Jess’ entries and I do believe she is hooked. She suggested I write a blog about autism from a grandparents’ perspective. Duh! What does she think I have been doing all these years?! To write about autism exclusively is not something I believe I could do, though. There is no shortage of material but I am not versed enough in the things that would help others the way the other blogs do.

There is not one person who has been following all these years who doesn’t know that my Isabella is my heart. She is the source of so much joy and love. We love each other unconditionally and I don’t see that changing.

Bogging has taken a back seat since facebook but, once again, I will try to get back into it.

Many blessings to all in the new year. g

Dribs and Drabs

It’s hard to come up with a title for a post when I have no clue what I am going to write about so I will leave that until I finish.

After meeting some wonderfully interesting new people through the Five Minutes for Moms blog party, I find that not writing seems lame. If all the other busy people I visit can find time to write why can’t I?

It is not really about time. It is the fear of boring people to tears. Hmmm…boring to tears…what causes that…yawning? I digress…I like to digress…

Life in my little corner of the great Atlantic northeast is rarely boring. Three to four days a week I take my grandbaby, Isabella (Bells or Boo to me most of the time) to school. Morning is not my favorite time of day so this is an effort. After that, if my fms (fibromyalgia) isn’t kicking my bum causing me to have to go back to bed for a couple of hours, I try to get some work done. I don’t often succeed. You see, I have an aversion to housework. I say it is because I am a perfectionist. If I can’t do it perfectly, why do it at all?!

I am the team captain for our Autism Speaks walk next month. By this time last year, I had a team of about fifteen and had raised hundreds of dollars. My team is only around six people right now and I haven’t even raised $200. This is very discouraging.

~heavy sigh~

Quite a bit of my time has been spent helping out mother-in-love. Yes, you read that right. I love my mother-in-law. She is 85 and in poor health and I am the only one in the area who doesn’t have a full-time job. I don’t mind. It is a labor of love.

Too much time is spent on my netbook. ’nuff said about that.

For the last few months, I have been enjoying a study of the Old Testament that a friend teaches and have started a study of the gospel of John with another friend. It has been quite some time since I have been in a Bible study group and this is a great development.

My eyes are tearing up. Bored to tears….I won’t put you through any more mediocrity. Just know that I want to stay in your lives and will keep up as best I can.

blessings, g

Light it Up Blue

April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. On this date, homes and landmarks around the world will be lighting it up blue. My porch will have a blue light, the Empire State Building will shine blue, oh, so many places will shine the light on the need for people to understand the fastest growing healthcare crisis in America, maybe the world.

Please read this letter to President Obama and leave a comment so that he can see how important it would be to the nations, the world, to light up the White House blue: A Diary of a Mom Letter to the President- http://lightthewhitehouseblue.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/this-is-my-autism/#comments

Thank you so much, gail

Catching Up

Well, daylight savings gave us an extra hour of light today. It was nice but what a drag for the moms trying to get their kids to go to bed on time; especially special needs kids who have issues with melatonin. Oy.

The annual walk for Autism Speaks is coming up soon. I am overwhelmed with even thinking about putting it all together again: sponsors, contributors, walkers, t-shirts – ugh! Will anyone else step up to be Team Isabella’s team leader? Nah ah. Double oy.

My mother-in-love is not doing well. Having my father-in-law around until he was nearly 95 makes me think Mom’s 85 years is young but that is not the truth. Congestive heart failure and bad arthritis make her so uncomfortable. We all want her around for as long as possible but have to accept reality; life is frail. Oy, oy, oy. At least my parents are in great health. Phew.

I am pleased to report that Isabella is still progressing more than she is regressing. She actually recited the eleven months of the year whilst clapping! (She left out November.) It is thrilling to see that she is learning things that neurotypical children her age are learning. We had a phone conversation earlier that made more sense than any other we have ever had. She was able to relate to the fact that tomorrow is a school day. Me: “Tomorrow is Monday, Boo.” Bells: “I know that.” Hooray!

Yesterday was about the 28th year (less the three they moved out of state) I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with my bff and her husband. The corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and soda bread were good but the company was great. I have been blessed with a number of people I can call “friend.” So many of them are around for only a season. However, L is the one who I know will always be in my life. Another hooray!

Living in this part of the great Atlantic northeast is very expensive. Himself wants us to make plans to move to a state we can afford to live in. Leaving my grandbaby behind is not an option as far as I am concerned. The Girl doesn’t want to move. What to do? Hope God gives us perfect wisdom on this. It’s so hard.

Well, that’s about it for now. What’s up in your life?

blessings, g

Major Events Not Withstanding

I always seem to wait to write until I have something important to say. Then I look at other blogs that just say a few words here and there and they can be delightful!

Having such long lapses in my posts is not my ideal and it bothers me. Through blogging, I have met so many wonderful people around the world. I have been able to express my thoughts, dreams, disappointments and triumphs.

Here’s to trying to keep in touch more often through this delightful medium!