Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

An update on my Ethiopia trip!

We were able to buy the tickets for $200 less than expected, and we get to have an extra day there! Being there an extra day adds another $50 of in-country expenses but worth it!

Pies are going well! With pies and donations, I have already been able to pay $365 toward the trip, so I have adjusted the ChipIn total to raise to reflect these. Yay!

Blessings in your Adventure...

Friday, November 30, 2012

US Senate, PLEASE reject the UN CRPD! #UNCRPD

SOAPBOX (Photo credit: Shuttleworth Foundation)
Those of you that know me, know that I don't pull out the soapbox on political issues often. I'm more of a work behind the scenes person. But this one I can't stay quiet about.

This affects our family & many others you know. Members of my family have ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum (Aspergers, PDD), etc. These are all classified as disabilities. If the UN CRPD passes, UN law will, for the first time, supersede US law. UN delegates (that we don't elect and who don't answer to us) will be able to tell US citizens how to raise/school/medically treat our special needs family members, young or old. This includes homeschool vs public school, involuntary sterilization, residence programs, etc. What the UN thinks is best will rule the US on this issue. By voting for the UN CRPD, our elected officials are giving the UN the right to run our country in this area. The US already has laws to protect special needs citizens; we don't need the UN to dictate more. It is especially concerning as European countries are considering sterilization and/or abortion after positive Down Syndrome tests. If UN representatives from Europe agree with this practice, it could become UN rule. PLEASE research the UN CRPD, pray, and act! This article has links to the congressional directory so that you know how to call/tweet/email your senators. The vote is said to be this Tuesday. {putting soapbox away and wiping tears}

HSLDA's information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Blessings in your Adventure...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I am going to Ethiopia!

Yup - In February, a group of us from church will be headed to an orphanage we sponsor in Ethiopia! We will be helping to build a school and spending time with the kids -- loving on them, doing crafts, and showing them that Jesus loves them. I am so excited!!

Since we followed God's lead to leave my job and stay home with my kids at the end of this past August,we don't have any extra money to put toward this. But I am trusting that God will provide, and I am stepping out of my comfort zone and asking if you would be willing to help? You can donate using the ChipIn on the top right. ChipIn uses PayPal so your transactions are safe and go straight to my PayPal account. Thank you so much for considering.

Of course, your prayers are appreciated, too! Prayers for all of us going, for health, for safety, and that we all can put aside ourselves and be Jesus to these kids.

I can't imagine 13-17 hours on a plane!

Blessings in your Adventure...

Religion (worship) that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

Unless there is an element of risk in your exploits for God there is no need for faith. Hudson Taylor

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 28

November 28:
I am thankful for:

  • Late start Wednesdays that provide extra sleep.
  • Friends & Family
  • My children, even when they ignore me.
  • Feeling thinner and healthier
  • And many, many other things!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 20

November 20:I am thankful for time to remember old friends and to be reminded about the promise of eternity for those who follow Jesus.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 15

November 15: I am thankful for the blessing of sight. Seth got his new glasses in the mail today. He ran from the post office to the car excitedly exclaiming, "They're here!" He flew into the car, ripped off his old glasses (that had seen better days), and put on his new ones. "I can see! I can see! We need to wash the windshield!" :D

30 Days of Thanks: Day 14

November 14: I am thankful for our beagles. Going for a walk with them and having my son run ahead with them... Seeing those beagle ears flying in the wind and the cute little puppy run of the foster always makes me laugh. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 13

November 13: I am thankful for beautifully warm and sunny days during fall when we can open the windows and enjoy the sun.

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 12

November 12: I am thankful for a day off with all the kids. Even when they are after each other...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 11

November 11: I am thankful for a day to remember our veterans and thank them and their families for their service.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 10

November 10: I am thankful for times when we can trust the kids to not be after each other too much, and hubby  and I can run errands together. Ah... uninterrupted conversation time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 9

November 9:
I am thankful for Saturdays that don't have much scheduled.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 8

November 8:
I am thankful for the first snow cover. And thankful that it is now raining and I won't have to shovel!

30 Days of Thanks: Day 7

November 7:
I am thankful that God is in control. No matter what happens: earthquake, hurricane, nor'easter, or election, God knew it was coming and isn't surprised. He has us in His hand, He cannot be moved, and He doesn't change. And He works all things together for our good for those of us who love God are are called for His purpose.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 6

November 6:
Tonight I am thankful that the political ads and mailers will be done. And I am very thankful that God knows who will be president and the results don't surprise Him. And He is forever in control.

Monday, November 5, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 5

November 5:
Tonight I am thankful that my son's duel with his bedroom ceiling fan didn't result in any casualties. He is bruised, sore, and splinted so that he rests his hand, but there don't seem to be any breaks. Thank you, Jesus! And I'm sure that this ceiling fan will think twice before taking him on again.

Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 4

November 4:
I am thankful for a church that keeps stretching me outside of my comfort zone and encourages us to not just stay comfortable.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 3

November 3: I am thankful that my boys are very excited to be able to help others.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 2

November 2: I am thankful to be able to homeschool so that we can meet each of the boys' learning needs. Even if the day doesn't go as I planned or if the boys aren't exactly up for doing the work and I have to push them to get it done, I am still thankful.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 1

November 1: I am still thankful that I am able to be able to be home with my kids instead of working outside the home. An amazing blessing! Thankful for God's provision.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Life Interrupted

We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God, who will thwart our plans, even daily, by sending people across our path with their...requests. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lord, allow us to be interrupted.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer {Review}

Short-Straw Bride
by Karen Witemeyer

Living in Texas, Meredith moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin when her father died. She has a very close relationship with her cousin, but her aunt isn't as friendly. And she wants her to marry a man that Meredith isn't sure she likes. When Meredith decides to warn someone from her past of trouble coming, she ends up in a questionable situation and is forced to become a short-straw bride. Or is she?

This was a wonderful read, hard to put down. The story line is a feel-good novel about love on the frontier, but it also teaches unconditional love without hope of love in return. Throughout the novel you can see the author weave the thread showing God's provision and a reminder that He wants what is best for us. When our goal is to seek God's will, our heart's desires will be fulfilled.

Bethany House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

She's Got Issues by Nicole Unice {Review}

She's Got Issues: Seriously Good News for Stressed-Out, Secretly Scared Control Freaks Like Us
By Nicole Unice

Are the little (or not-so-little) things of life stressing you out? Feeling out of control? Insecure? Not as good as your neighbor? Afraid, Angry? All of us as women find ourselves in at least one of these places. Nicole Unice walks us through these issues and shows us not only are we all in the same place, but that God has given us promises we can lean on and learn from.

Along with a great book, there is a study DVD and workbook that work with the book. While you can use these for a women's small group discussion, I liked having the DVD to supplement the book. Nicole writes the book in an easy-to-read   style with humor. When you read the book, you feel like you are sitting down talking with her. Through the DVD you join Nicole in her living room with a group of women and listen to Nicole talk about the issue for that session. Each topic also has a one-on-one conversation between Nicole and another woman who identifies with each issue discussed.

Nicole weaves personal experiences with Bible examples and good wisdom to help us see and understand each of the issues presented: Control, Insecurity, Comparison, Fear, Anger, and Unforgiveness. The book has 2 chapters focusing on each of these issues. One chapter explains the issue, and the second chapter discusses how to deal with it. There are journaling prompts, discussion points, and also quizzes to see if you are struggling with this issue even though you may not know it. :)

I have enjoyed this book and DVD and I look forward to going through both in more depth, and maybe in a small group. :)

Information about the author, Nicole Unice

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and DVD for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma {Review}

Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
By Kay Wills Wyma

I don't know about you, but at least 1 of my kids expects help that borders on "do-it-for-me." And I know there are many others out there in the same boat. Kay Wills Wyma was facing the same thing, so she set out on a year-long experiment to challenge her kids and see just what they could accomplish when it was expected of them.

She started out small -- making your bed and cleaning your clutter. But oh! what a wave that created. I love her idea of starting out the month with 31 (30, 28) dollars in a jar for each child. If a task is not completed one day, a dollar is removed. She said she tried both adding a dollar when the task was completed and removing a dollar when it wasn't completed, and she found that removing a dollar is much more effective. In our family, we currently reward on Saturday for the previous week, but that is a lot of remembering. I think we are going to switch to the jar/taking away method, but since we currently "pay out" weekly, we will probably keep it to weekly.

Her tasks continued with a new task each month. Tasks such as each child having a night to meal plan, shop for ingredients, cook dinner, and wash dishes. Planting and weeding. Employment. Cleaning the bathroom (including the toilet!). And these tasks didn't end at the end of the month. They revised some to be able to keep up the tasks after that month was over, but those tasks continued even when a new one was the focus that month.

What she found, was that her kids were capable of completing these tasks that they previously hadn't even thought to ask them to do. And along with helping the family run smoothly (and giving Mama a break from doing everything), they learned perseverance, teamwork, and many other things. Each chapter is about the task of the month and how things went that month. At the end of every chapter, she recounts things her kids learned and things she learned.

I really enjoyed reading about her experiences and see her children become more self-sufficient and capable. In fact, it has already helped me look at tasks differently with my kids, and there will probably be some "tasks of the month" coming in our household, too. ;)

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Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I remember

Do you?

I was at home; it was exactly 1 week before the birth our 3rd child. I  was sneaking peeks at the news as my 2 boys, 15 mos and 3 yrs, walked in and out of the room. Trying to understand the madness... Praying hard... Waiting to see the miracles God would work...

Where were you?

"The view from my apartement was the World Trade Center... now [it] is the Statue of Liberty." ~Jon Stewart

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Shout with joy

Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb {Review & Giveaway}

Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb

You would think that this book is about running. Or about the Olympics. But it is really about God's love, provision, and grace. Lopez was born in South Sudan, kidnapped during war, imprisoned, and went to the Olympics as a US athlete. The story in between weaves a tale of events that leads Lopez to continue running for children from his homeland.

I loved this book. Honestly. I started reading it in the afternoon and couldn't put it down, so I stayed up late to finish it. Starting in a poor South Sudan community, to an orphan, to a loving family in the US with all the opportunities he could imagine, God wove a beautiful story. Listening to his story encourages you to look back at your life to see how God is weaving your story together.

Lopez Lomong's website
Book page at Thomas Nelson (publisher)

BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The next Adventure...

My name is Mindy, and I am a credit addict. Unfortunately, my husband is, too. (We will call him “DH” for Dearest/Darling/Devoted Hubby.) We had been praying and learning some of God’s thoughts about money for many, many years. God has been changing our hearts and attitudes toward debt, but we were struggling to get to our goal of being debt free. Little did we know, we still had a ways to go on this part of our faith journey. (There are some areas where we are slow learners.) :)

Two years ago we knew God was calling me to not work but stay home with our kids. We moved forward, and I put in my resignation. A week before my last day, God slammed the door shut and said “not now.” It felt like our dreams were being ripped away. But even in the midst of this, God provided and allowed me to keep my job and current salary, while reducing my hours from 40/week to 30/week. Amazing God!

That was a big wake-up call. After much praying, we realized we were paying the price of years of relying on credit. We felt we would never make it to our reward where I could stay home. I really struggled with God’s call and my heart’s desire to make my focus be my husband, kids, and home. I longed to have the time to be able to help friends and family more. I had to post God’s promises over my work area to remind me that He does keep His promises. A year ago, as I was arguing and crying and pleading with God about our reality vs. His call, He gave me the verse, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

At that time, though, our time was devoted to work first and foremost. Between the 2 of us, DH and I were working over 100 hours a week, and we were barely making ends meet. We hadn’t used a credit card to pay for anything in over 2 years, we paid cash for our cars, and yet debt was still suffocating us. We have 3 kids and working to pay the debts was putting stress on our whole family; including extended family who graciously took care of our kids while we worked. Proverbs 22:7 says “The borrower is slave to the lender.” We realized that what we were feeling was that of being slaves to our debt. We were working with the sole goal of earning money, and we didn’t know how to get out from underneath.

Looking back, we had to really, truly, fully learn to trust God with our finances. If you asked us if we trusted God, we would have emphatically said yes. However, God started showing us his view of money, and our idea wasn’t meshing with His. During church one Sunday, the song we sang rang true. God told me right then that we were telling God we can’t follow His plan because we might not be able to pay for the house. He told me that we needed to surrender the house. To be ok even if we lost the house. Because He had asked us to follow Him and walk in His plan, it didn’t matter if we lived in this house or a rental or a motel. It is His plan, and “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

When we really started trusting God in our finances, when we created and followed a plan for our money, when we started letting go of control of our things, we started seeing God’s provision. In fact, we decided to trust God in a big way, and I resigned from my job. This last Friday was my last day of full time work, and this week, I begin homeschooling our oldest 2 kids. Since turning in my resignation, we have seen our share of Satan’s fiery darts, but why shouldn’t we? By not living as a slave to our money and instead living as God wants us to, we are working for the eternal. We have also seen God step in and provide new opportunities for income that line up with our priorities of God first, then family; ways we never expected. We are still paying for 2 of our credit debts, and we may be paying for them for a long time. However, God is still faithful and showing us that He will provide.

We have closed almost all of our credit cards. We don’t use them, so why keep them? However, I like to have back up plans. I have not been able to bring myself to cut up our last open credit card. (DH was ready months ago.) What if there is an emergency and I need that $500 credit line? But, I’ve come to realize that for me, that really isn’t trusting God. God needs to be my first plan and my back up plan. He takes care of the flowers in the fields and cares about the little birds that are a dime a dozen. Romans 8:32 says “Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?” So, as the next mile marker of our faith journey, I cut up that last credit card yesterday.

This faith journey/learning process that we are on is not over yet. I am sure that there will be days (or weeks) that I wonder why I ever wanted to stay home and teach the kids. I am sure that there will be times when we don’t see how the money will be there for the house, food, or other needs. But, I am also sure that God keeps His promises. God will provide.

And who knows what this is preparing us for in the future as we learn to fully trust? :)

This story will be added to our Memorial Album. What picture should go with it? If you have an idea, could you please leave me a note in the Comments below? Thank you!

Read more of my stories of God's faithfulness here, and jump over to A Place Called Simplicity by clicking the picture below to read other Memorial Box Monday stories...

"For what You have done I will always praise you in the presence of Your faithful people. And I will hope in Your name, for Your name is good."
Psalm 52:9

Read my friend, Linny's, explanation of the Memorial Box


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Laughter is good medicine

Some laughter for today!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

LOVE that the top word surrounding me has been...





Friday, August 17, 2012

Prayers for Selah and her dad

My prayer reminder
Selah's mom has posted an update on her blog. Please continue lifting the family in prayer. Especially pray for Selah's physical healing and her dad, Jon, for healing from the grief for being the one with them when it happened.

If you would like to pray with us, please leave a comment on this post.

If you join us in writing her name on your hand as a prayer reminder, please share a link to the photo to encourage Selah's family.

Please share this post so that we can lift Selah up together!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

*Urgent Prayer Needed* for Selah

Dear friends,
Please hold this family in prayer! Storm the gates of heaven for a miracle!
Urgent prayer request!!!!!!

"If you've not heard, we've had a terrible accident. Jon took Sam and Selah on a walk on the Erie Canal before lunch today. He stopped for a minute on a level surface, to check the time on his phone & the stroller rolled into the Erie Canal. Jon Clanton jumped into the canal right after them. He was able to hold the stroller up & fought against the current pulling him and the stroller down. ...He couldnt' get the kids' unhooked but was able to pull them up some and evidently got Sam's head up. Someone jumped in and took him out and Jon and another lady pulled up the stroller so they could do rescue breathing on Selah until the EMTs got there. The Erie Canal is very deep, cold, and strong currents...the sides are cement with nothing to hold to... Sam is ok, but is being kept overnight since his body temp went down to 90 degrees. At this point Selah is not expected to live...our hearts are broken. PLEASE PLEASE PRAY FOR SELAH!!! We love her so much and have loved being her parents. We are asking God for mercy! She is on life support, currently she is in a study ( the only hope they could give us) The study is to keep her temp at a certain lower than normal point with the hope that could help. But they still give us no real hope and even if she should live, they feel she won't be "Selah" anymore. Please pray that God will give us a miracle for our little girl!!!!!!!"
PLEASE, PLEASE pray fervently for this family.  My heart is heavy for this family. Please pray that God would be glorified through this. Please leave a prayer in the comments below. Let's pray together and stand in agreement for healing!

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:19 NIV

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 NLT

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Psalm 107:28-30 ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." Psalm 50:15

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Blessed be Your name...

Blessed be Your name in the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name when I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name when the sun's shining down on me
When the world's “all as it should be”
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name on the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name


Blessed Be Your Name
By Tree63
from The Answer To The Question


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wonderful "Ode to Joy" Flashmob Video

I love Flashmobs. Especially when they show people thoroughly enjoying classical music. And this is why I share this one. Click the bottom right of the video to make it fill your screen, turn up your speakers, and enjoy!

You can learn more about this performance here.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Road ID: A great idea for everyone!

Why would my family need id bracelets?

The Road ID was created originally to protect athletes with no good place to carry id or contact information. I know when I would go out to run, I would always try to stick my driver's license somewhere. Not so easy when you don't have any pockets! And if I did find some place to stash an id (like in my mp3 holder), would emergency personnel think to look there?

Many sports enthusiasts and athletes in an accident arrive at the ER as a "John" or "Jane Doe." Without a way to identify them, appropriate care can be delayed while doctors try to learn, or guess, what medical conditions or medications are present.

If you exercise with someone else, do they know your medications and medical history?

I can think of many other situations that these would come in handy.

  • Do you have an autistic child that wanders?
  • Or a toddler that might step away from you in a crowd?
  • If your kids are with relatives or friends and get hurt, would the adults know your child's important medical history that the doctors would need?
  • You can even attach them to your pet's 1" wide collar or bridle!

The Road ID is a great, inexpensive way to get piece of mind!

The "original" style Road ID gives you enough lines to list a couple of emergency contacts. However, I am going for the interactive version for our family. The interactive version quickly provides important medical information to medical personnel for only $10 a year! If I have to take one of my kids to the ER, I won't have to stop and think to pick up his medical binder that holds his medication list and important medical history and diagnoses notes. The ER can contact Road ID and get all the information that I've added to his profile.

The Wrist Band Slim looks similar to a cause bracelet, only costs $15.99, and their shipping is $1.49 -- per order! -- to the US and Canada!

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Do you have a Road ID bracelet? Please post a comment below and let me know how you like it!

I was not asked to write this article. When I heard of the service, I wanted to share it. After my article posted, RoadID's owners read it and sent me a t-shirt as a thank you.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

#Coupons: Groceries, Home, Baby, Kids!

Some new coupon finds! Enjoy!

Food & Beverage
Around the House
Babies & Kids

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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Autism Revolution ~ A must-read for families on the #Autism spectrum

The Autism Revolution: Whole-body strategies for making life all it can be
by Martha Herbert and Karen Weintraub

Dr. Herbert is a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the TRANSCEND Research Program. She is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a correspondent to the Boston Globe.

For many years, scientists have said that autism is a genetic condition that requires a cure. During her career, Dr. Herbert has worked with many autistic children during her neurology research. During this time, she started noticing that autistic children seemed to have other similar health issues that were "not related" to autism. When she started "prescribing" treatments such as acidophilus or omega oils depending on the condition, not only would the health issue improve but many times the autism behaviors improved as well. Dr. Herbert started seeing that autism was more like a web. Many factors come together to influence the brain and body as a whole.

When a part of the body is out of sync, it pulls on part of the web and affects the entire web. These pieces can become out of sync due to many factors: nutrition, toxins, bugs, and stress. When these weigh on the body, the body becomes out of balance. Dr. Herbert likens this to a lake that has a mountain in the middle. When there is sufficient rain, very little of the mountain can be seen. However, when the heat outweighs the rainfall, the water recedes and you see more of the mountain. Or in this case, the autism behaviors.

By looking at the systems of the body as a whole and supporting the systems that are out of sync, parents have been able to reverse the autistic behaviors and their children move off of the autism spectrum. This is not saying that every child will respond enough to not have any autistic behaviors, and it doesn't necessarily happen quickly. However, Dr. Herbert's book is filled with stories of actual children who have improved when the parents looked at the symptoms and supported those areas of the body that are weak or not operating properly.

In the second section of the book, Dr. Herbert walks through the inner workings of the brain so that you can understand the effect of stress and body systems that aren't working properly. This part is a little heavy to read through, but as a lay-person it wasn't overwhelming and I was able to pull many nuggets of wisdom out of this section that help me understand my son.

The 3rd and final section of the book talks about the Autism Revolution. Dr. Herbert lays out how we, as parents, can combine everything we've learned in the first 2 sections to help our kids, teach our doctors and specialists, and influence the autism community.

This book was a phenomenal help to me as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum. The insights Dr. Herbert has combined through her research, listening and learning from families of autistic children, are invaluable. I've read the book through once, and I've underlined many things along the way that I want to remember and incorporate into daily life. Information about diet and nutrition, chemicals and toxins, and bugs and viruses. Ideas about repetitive behaviors, anger and outbursts, and what your child is trying to communicate. I definitely want to read through the book again, and this time with a notebook where I can take notes and organize them into a plan of action.

This book is an amazing resource. I feel every family with an autistic child should read this book to gain the valuable information and resources it gives. Thank you, Dr. Herbert, for caring enough to learn from autistic families, and thank you for putting what you have learned into a resource for the rest of us. Onward to the Autism Revolution!

I purchased this book on my own. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Modified Checklist for #Autism in Toddlers

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT™) is a scientifically validated tool for screening children between 16 and 30 months of age to assess their risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism screening at 18 and 24 months of age, and the M-CHAT is one of the AAP’s recommended tools.
Autism Speaks recently shared this resource that will guide parents through a series of easy to answer questions about their child. Once you have gone through the questions, it give recommendations to use when talking to your doctor. If this resource had been around 11 years ago, we would have been clued into my son's PDD and be able to get him resources right away instead of at the age of 10. This is a great resource to use and share!

Blessings in your Adventure...

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