Saturday, December 4, 2010

Oh How Life Has Changed

When I am having a bad day, I pull up this blog and watch old videos to remind myself how far Lizzie has come. This week, she will turn 8 years old. 8 YEARS OLD!!! Wow. We have been at this for 6 whole years now.

When Lizzie was first diagnosed just days after her 2nd birthday, she had no functional language, no social interaction and stimmed all day long. My heart was broken and her future was uncertain.

At one point along the way, I felt God telling me, "There is no better life". Having a child that graduates from Harvard is no better than having a child in a group home. True fulfillment in life only comes from finding where He wants us to be and working to show others His love through our actions and words.

Today, Lizzie's future seems bright, and I have learned to appreciate and take joy in the little blessings along the way. We are thankful that she is animated and excited about life. She enjoys school, her family and the actiivites that each day brings.

I pray for all the autism parents, that no matter how far our children progress in this life, that we are able to learn to live in the now and find joy in our life as it is. Autism is a hard, hard life. We do more in one long day and a sleepless night than most do in a week. But, when it comes down to it, it is up to us. The rewards are great if we choose to accept them.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2nd Grade Cheer

I have been meaning to post this because I love it so much. Lizzie was so pumped about the 2nd grade cheer for the assembly she did with her class. I would hear her practicing in the mornings in her room. Too cute!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lizzie Talks about the Future

In this video, Lizzie is 7 1/2 years old. She loves to chat about everything from marriage to kids to what she will be when she grows up.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Proudest Moment

Today was Special Needs Sunday at our church, Stonebriar Community Church. Lizzie was asked to sing by herself in front of the whole congregation (2,000+ people)! Words cannot explain wonderful she did and how emotional this was for us. She has come so far. It is truly amazing that she is able to handle all the details that surround getting up in front of the whole church and belting out her song from her heart! We are so thankful for all the support of our family, friends, therapists and teachers that have gotten her this far. They say it takes a village, and it really has with Lizzie.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Best Friends!

Words cannot express how thankful we are for Natalie! Natalie is such a sweet friend to Lizzie, and they do everything together.  Because I didn't know if a friendship would ever be possible for Lizzie, I appreciate it so much more.