You are not alone....

I haven't blogged in a week or so and tonight I read something that made me want to post this.  I follow a few blogs written by really awesome, faithful women.  One of the blogs I follow is "Kelly's Korner Blog".  Every Friday she posts "Show Us Your Life.....(insert subject here)"  One week might be "Show Us Your Life - Kitchens" or "Show Us Your Life - Kids' Rooms".  Other times she might have "Show Us Your Life - Appetizers".  So lots of other bloggers add their blog link to the post and share their ideas/stories/recipes for that week's topic.  It's really cool.

This past Friday Kelly's post was "Show Us Your Life - Special Needs Families".  I read several of them and some I read through tears.  I found myself feeling humbled that these women would share their lives and their hearts.  It reminded me that for all the times I let fear get the best of me when I think of the future for Linz and Zach there are many other moms out there who are dealing with autism too (and lots more...) and that fear really has no place here in my heart.  God is in control...not me.  God made all three of my beautiful children and He holds them (and us) in the palm of His hand.  I pray everyday that He will lead me where He wants me to me the things that I need to do...and that He will help me be the best mother I can be.  I pray for all of the special needs families represented on Kelly's blog and many, many more.  I pray for peace that passes ALL understanding.

For those who say, time and time again, that "God doesn't give you more than you can handle", I know you mean well but to those families out there fighting the fight....many days it seems like it is WAY more than they can handle.  And you know what?  That's okay. God still loves them and is always there.

Thank you for keeping all of us in your prayers.  I'm re-posting this blog entry I posted over a year ago called, "Dear Autism".  I had someone recently tell me that it touched their heart and made them feel like they aren't alone.  God bless.

Dear Autism -

I've thought about writing you for quite some time. Last night I lay in bed thinking about something my daughter said to me....You know her. Quite well. She is such a joy. She is smart, creative, funny and has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met in my life. She can draw things she sees without even sketching them first. She loves music and is quite a jokester. She is getting ready to graduate from high school this June. What she does after that ...well, we're not sure yet.

Last night she saw a commercial on tv with this beautiful mother and her baby and she said to me, "Aw, that's so sweet. I wonder if I'll have a cute baby like that one day?" No....thanks to you.

Another person that I'm sure you know even more in depth is my son. He's 16....6'4"....and so handsome and kind. He smiles a lot and tries hard to say a few words to get his point across. He is an ACE at all things computer related and a whiz at video games. He can type faster than anyone I've ever seen. He loves to give hugs. I wish constantly that he could, if only for a few minutes, be able to have a conversation with me. Even if it's just to tell me that he thinks you SUCK too and how he wishes people would stop staring at him.

So, you may be asking why I'm telling you these things that you already know..... Well, I want you to know that YOU are a horrible, disgusting and ugly thing that has continually robbed my children of the people they may have become. Don't get me wrong..... YOU HAVEN'T WON.

You are there at times when I least expect it. You take my breath away when we have new realizations of things they can't enjoy like other kids their age. Will they ever have a first Will they ever Will they ever have friends to do things with....not yet. Will my husband ever get to walk her down the aisle like her Will my son ever be able to really have a conversation so we can know what is is he's actually! Still...YOU HAVEN'T WON!

Just when I think I'm ok....just when I think I've accepted all the pain you have inflicted in my mother's heart....I've mourned it and moved on......YOU come at me again with brand new things that cause me to mourn all over again. I lay awake at night at worry about what happens to my two autistic children if something should happen to me and my husband. Who will love them like WE do?

They have an incredible older sister who is in college right now. She IS and ALWAYS has been their BIGGEST fan and advocate. She has a bright future and I pray she knows how much they love her.

So....I want you to know will NEVER win! You are NOT the end of their story....just the beginning. We know that God is in control of them....not you. He has a plan for them. They are both joys in our lives and you can NEVER take that away You were never invited into our family and we hate that you are ever present but you will NOT define our children and their futures. God will. We pray without ceasing that YOU, Autism, will one day be just a dark and nasty dream of the past and never rob families of their children ever again. It's NOT over. YOU HAVEN'T WON!

And you NEVER will.