Kindness and Kids

This afternoon, our doorbell rang. It was our next door neighbor. They said they came because they had never really introduced themselves to us. They also said that the pizza delivery guy brought them an extra box so they were wondering if we wanted an early dinner. I graciously accepted and thanked them for their... Continue Reading →

Autism Does Not Define Us

I felt so appalled the first time someone suggested that Aiden "maybe" had Autism. He was only 2 years old at that time and he was going for speech therapy because of language delay. I remember being so angry. How could she say such a thing! Hubby was equally angry. How dare her! It couldn't... Continue Reading →

Lazy Busy Tired

Recently, as the hubby hugged me, Oliver asserted himself into the hug. He said "hug times are the best times". We agreed and joked about how the hug was just for mom and dad and he said, "but I always want to be part of it." There was something about how he said it that... Continue Reading →

Our New Chapter: Diagnosis

Both of Aiden's past Autism diagnoses came from 2 school districts in 2 different states. There isn't really a shred of doubt in our minds (and hearts) that he truly has ASD. The only question was, where in the spectrum does he fall into? So why haven't we sought the formal diagnosis after all these... Continue Reading →

A Few Slices of Apple

We've all heard of the phrase, "You are what you eat." While it may not have been intended for literal meaning, I do agree that what we eat directly impacts our health. So, in a manner of speaking, we really are what we eat. I remember when I was a kid I was quite literally... Continue Reading →

Assumptions

Hubby shared a story about how Aiden once pushed Oliver and got in so much trouble for it. Later on, he heard a loud 'thug' and assumed that Aiden pushed Oliver again. In anger, he scolded Aiden. Aiden, in the midst of tears and seemingly on the verge of either anger or deep hurt said,... Continue Reading →

Child’s View

It can be tempting to disregard our children's views. Perceiving that their understanding of life (and of the world) is greatly limited simply because they haven't "lived" their lives long enough sounds very typical. However, I have come to realize that staying within that perception often limits me in my ability to understand my own... Continue Reading →

Annual Check – CHECK!

We recently took the kids for their annual checks. We are growing up! WE were ALL calm! Of course, both kids still tried to hype each other up (and on their own). And we probably were still the loudest family in all of the waiting rooms. But... we stayed in the waiting room! We weren't... Continue Reading →

Memories

Do you remember the first time someone said your child showed signs of Autism and you got so angry? Angry at the person who dare judge your child and they don't even know him? Angry at the mere insinuation that there was something wrong with your perfect child? I do. Do you remember the day... Continue Reading →

Teach Me Not To Lie

One of the most vivid childhood recollection I have was getting in trouble for supposedly taking money. It was such a meager amount (less than $1 converted in Philippine Peso). I was practically 'interrogated' for what felt like eternity (maybe an hour or two in reality). I swore I did not take the money but... Continue Reading →

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