Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday Logan

My baby is turning 4 today!!! How did this happen. It seems like yesterday he was just born.He has been the biggest blessing to this family. He is a character and keeps us laughing.

This is a picture of our first face to face meeting. I fell completely in love with that precious face.

We are so proud of our little man.

Logan's first Christmas. Aunt Sarah bought this Santa suit for Corbin and all my boys have worn it.

Aunt Rebecca always captures the best photos. 

Daddy's best friend.

Mommys little man.

1st birthday

2nd birthday

3rd birthday

Our funny angel.

He's the boss and has us all wrapped around his little finger.

We love you Logan. Happy Birthday sweet boy.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Raising a child with Autism

My middle son Trenton was diagnosed with autism at age three. I won't lie for a few short seconds our world stopped, but then we pulled together and have spent the last ten years helping our son all that we can. Trent is amazing and for the most part our life is fairly normal. The last few weeks have been difficult on my sweet boy and I, and we are having to adjust to autism and teenage changes. I found a poem when Trent was younger that speaks to me and gets me through the ugly days that happen when raising any child, but especially a child with autism. 
                    Welcome to Holland
                  By: Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this.....

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Michaelangelo David, the gondolas of Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" You say. "What do you mean Holland?, I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there a while and you catch your breath, you look around...and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills...and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, "yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever go away...because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, very lovely things about Holland.

I love my Holland (Trent). He makes me a better person and I love looking at the world through his eyes. 

This poem puts my journey into words for others to understand. Our journey is not always easy but it's our journey, and Ryan and I are blessed to be Trent's parents.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Taste of Texarkana 2014

   Trent wanted to go to Taste of Texarkana tonight. He has been talking about it for weeks. He loved trying all the different foods and his favorite was the fried pickles at the Hooter's booth. I think he enjoyed the view more than the food from Hooters. 
   I enjoyed spending time with my sweet son and trying new foods from our area restaurants. My little boy is quickly becoming a young man and nights like tonight are few and far, so I am going to enjoy every chance I get with my Trenton while I can. 

Trent took a selfie of the two of us tonight. My handsome some is so much fun to be around.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Senior homecoming

My handsome son. 
Corbin asked his girlfriend Keely to homecoming by having their friends give her rubber ducks all day at school. He made a sign that said..I would be one lucky duck if you would go to homecoming with me. Keely said Yes, of course!
I thought it would be cute to use ducks on the mum and for her flowers this year since it all started with a duck.
I actually made the mum myself this year.
They blinged out the duckies!
Corbin and Keely looked great together.

Ryan and I had so much fun being apart of pictures this year. The kids were a fun group.

Ryan even got a good pic with Corbs. I love my sweet men.
Senior year has been tough on me. I love the young man my son is becoming, and I am enjoying all the activities that come with Senior year, but each one reminds me how quickly time is passing.

 Here is a picture of 2 VERY proud moms.
The kids had a great time and looked fabulous!
Thank you Corbin for letting me be apart of this special night.