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A New Perspective....

Thank you all for your prayers! Zachary is home now and although banged up, bruised, having a broken nose, sore chest and sore arm and wrist, and a whopper of a headache he will be fine. THANK GOD!!

The story is that as Zack was driving up a steep hill only about 2 minutes from our home the other driver was coming down, lost control and hit Zachary head on. Zachary was actually pulling over to the side of the road to put his Jeep into 4 wheel drive when he looked up he saw the truck heading for him. He braced himself and waited for impact. Because Zack was barely moving he took most of the force of the impact. His Jeep is messed up but the other drivers truck is totaled. The other driver's airbag popped out which is the only thing that saved him from death. His truck was smashed back to his windshield!

It does not escape me that many others' loved ones have been in car accidents and they never come home, instead they go Home to their Eternal Reward. I am so very thankful for G…

Urgent Prayers Needed!!

Please pray for our son Zachary! Sean called, Zachary was in a head on collision not far from our home! It snowed last night and there is ice underneath. Apparently the truck came across the road and hit Zack head on. He is on his way to hospital in ambulance right now. Thanking God Zachary is still ALIVE!! Please cover him....

This is the hill...

This is the hill that drops straight down,
and crosses our driveway before it continues on.

This is the hill that Connor thought
would be fun to send his sister (Kyalynn) down.

This is the hill, full of trees
that brings a grown man to his knees.

This is the hill that freaks mom out
because it is so DANGEROUS!

This is the hill that Connor used
to give his sister, all alone on the sled,
a gigantic push!

This is the hill that I saw
my precious daughter whizzing down on
as I looked out the front door!

This is the hill that caused my girl
to scream like I've never heard her scream before!!

This is the hill that caused me, the mom,
to fly down the steps and half put my shoes on.

This is the hill that caused me to run
pell-mell down it with my shoes not on.

This is the hill that was filled with screams
my daughters and mine as I feared the worse.

This is the hill that stopped my girl
as she hit a tree and fell off her sled.

This is the hill that heard me yell
like I have never yelled before!

This is the hill tha…

Pondering....

I've been really trying to take time to review this past year, the highs and the lows. It's been an emotional journey for me. I'm not exactly sure when Lisa began to change, but she did. I can't honestly say I like the Lisa I've become but I can say that I am more real, raw even, as I've been literally reduced to rubble and God is slowly rebuilding me block by block. My opinions, beliefs, faith, and theology have gone through a period of transformation. I've questioned who I am, what I believe, and why I am here and have come out on the other side better for it. God hasn't allowed me to sink but instead has sent me the people and what I've needed at just the right time. Life is not a bunch of platitudes, it is gritty, dirty and intense. I never would have chosen to walk this path to find these things out but because of this journey I am learning who I am, what I believe, and why I am here. Most importantly, I am learning that God is for me, not agai…

Funny...

Sean heard this joke on Sunday and passed it on. I thought it was quite cute. Hope you enjoy it as well. :)

An old farmer was sitting at his table going over the bills. He came upon a bill for $600 for a dress his wife bought. He questioned her about it and she said, "well honey, I saw this dress and it was so beautiful I just had to try it on. When I tried it on I really liked it and I kept hearing a voice telling me how good I looked in the dress and that I should buy it." He said don't you know that was the voice of satan and that you should say get thee behind me satan!?"  "Well I did say that dear but after a couple of minutes I heard the voice again and it said  that dress looks pretty good from back here too." LOL!

Merry Christmas!!!

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord". 
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on
whom favor rests."


Happy, happy birthday Jesus! Thank you for loving me enough to come for me. 


Please Pray...

Today a precious servant of God was tragically killed in a car accident. Derek Loux, father of 11, advocate of the weak and voiceless, faithful man of God has met his Savior face to face.

This is an amazing family! Their love for the Lord, each other and their family shines through every blog post. They have ministered to so many through their transparency and love for orphans and the fatherless. Please, please join me in prayer for Renee and the children. I can't even begin to imagine their pain and loss, especially this close to Christmas. However, I know their hope lies in the fact that they WILL see their husband/father again. Jesus is close to the brokenhearted. He will lead them through this valley and restore their joy.

No one is guaranteed tomorrow. We must live the life out of each day, love those God has given us, and be His hands and feet.

Hug your family. Forgive. Don't leave these powerful words unsaid "I love you". Take time to just be together, create …

Some Daddy Love...

Gifts...

The wise may bring their learning,
The rich may bring their wealth,
And some may bring their greatness;
And some their strength and health;
We too would bring our treasures

To offer to the King;
We have no wealth or learning:
What shall we children bring?
We'll bring Him hearts that love Him;
We'll bring Him thankful praise,
And young souls meekly striving
To walk in holy ways:
And these shall be the treasaures
We offer to the King,
And these are gifts that even
The poorest child may bring.

~Author unknown~

Powerful Words to Ponder...

His Love....Reaching

Right from the beginning God's love has reached,
and from the beginning man has refused to understand.
But love went on reaching, offering itself.
Love offered the eternal...we wanted the immediate.
Love offered deep joy...we wanted thrills.
Love offered freedom...we wanted license.
Love offered communion with God Himself...we wanted to worship at the shrine of our own minds.
Love offered peace...we wanted approval for our wars.
Even yet, love went on reaching.
And still today, after two thousand years, patiently, lovingly,
Christ is reaching out to us today.
Right through the chaos of our world,
through the confusion of our minds.
He is reaching...longing to share with us...the very being of God.
His love still is longing. His love is still reaching,
right past the shackles of our minds.
 And the Word of the Father became Mary's little Son.

And....His love reached all the way to where I was.

Gloria Gaither

My Cowboys...

How blessed am I to have these two strong, strapping, handsome cowboys in my life?!
Doesn't Zachary look so much like his daddy?
Yee-haw!

Christmas Pedicure....

My girly girls love to have their toenails done.
This is a big deal for them and they get so excited when they see me carrying the basket of polish
Of course, Nolan just had to have his feet massaged and lotioned as well.LOL!


Viewing the Lights...

Another of our annual Christmas traditions is taking the little's to see the Christmas lights around town. First we make homemade cut out cookies that the kids smother   decorate with colored sugar and then we put everyone in their pajamas and pack along drinks and we are off! They are so cute oohing and aahhing over all the pretty lights.

This week we plan to visit the live Nativity Scene that's right down the road from us and make and deliver cookies to friends and neighbors.

Christmas Eve will be special as well because we will gather together as a family to celebrate the birth of Christ at church and then have dinner together and then home to watch the traditional "It's a Wonderful Life" together. It's the little things in life that mean the most to me. :)

Remember Those Who Serve....

A Different Kind of Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
 Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twen…

Seven...

Today Connor turns 7! We celebrated last night as we have a big family Christmas party today. He loves Buzz Lightyear so that was my theme. We began the night with some fun games.



Picking up toys with tongs. Great for motor coordination. Last time we played this Gabriella wasn't able to get the motion of picking up and then squeezing the tongs together but this time she had it down. Now we are teaching Nolan. He had a blast! :)


This game consisted of being Woody and riding
Bullseye while holding a ball on a spoon and running
around the living room without dropping it.



Here we played "Guess Who I Am".
Each of them acted out different characters
from Toy Story 2. Kyalynn is being Jesse here.
They loved this game and we played it over and over again.



Throw the Lego blocks into the dumptruck.
Miss G has pretty good aim and had almost all of them in the first try.

Simple games I know, but around here we like the simple things of life. :) Then they watched...you guessed it...Toy Story 2!…

Autism Night Before Christmas...

Autism Night Before Christmas
by Cindy Waeltermann
Twas the Night Before Christmas
And all through the house
The creatures were stirring
Yes, even the mouse
We tried melatonin
And gave a hot bath
But the holiday jitters
They always distract
The children were finally
All nestled in bed
When nightmares of terror
Ran through my OWN head
Did I get the right gift
The right color
And style
Would there be a tantrum
Or even, maybe, a smile?
Our relatives come
But they don't understand
The pleasure he gets
Just from flapping his hands.
"He needs discipline," they say
"Just a well-needed smack,
You must learn to parent…"
And on goes the attack
We smile and nod
Because we know deep inside
The argument is moot
Let them all take a side
We know what it's like
To live with the spectrum
The struggles and triumphs
Achievements, regressions…
But what they don't know
And what they don't see
Is the joy that we feel
Over simplicity
He said "hello"
He ate something green…

A Bittersweet Milestone...

This sweet little peanut is growing up waaaaayyyyy too fast.
How do I slow down the hands of time?


In the last couple of days little Nolan has decided he doesn't need mommy or daddy to put him to sleep anymore. :(
Since he was placed into my arms he has been held, sung to, and rocked to sleep for naps and bedtime. Of course I know what the parenting books say...."just let him cry himself to sleep" and I tried it a time or 2 but really, it killed me to hear him crying. So I'd rock and sing. He was happy, I was happy, no problem. After all, I knew this time would come, quicker than I'd believe.




So, my little man, likes to be "tucked in" like his brother and sisters are. He lays his head on his pillow and waits for me to pull the cover up to his chin and tuck it around him. All the while he holds his teddy bear and just watches me, smiling. I tell him I love him and he says "wu oo" which means love you and then I go do the countless other things wai…

Dinner Time...

It was Gabriella's night to help me cook supper. We were making Sweet and Sour Tofu and rice. Yum! She was working hard mixing, stirring and getting all the ingredients ready. My house was just way too quiet. Hmmm, I wonder what's going on. This is what I saw....

Kyalynn reading her books. Ok, all is well here.

Connor drawing a map. Ok, all's well here.



Nolan dumping out the salt shaker. Whoa! Wait a minute, hey boy what are you doing?


What?! Me?! Um.....hey look momma, I'm doing a science experiment. LOL!


As I went to clean up the mess I realized that his "science experiment" included a whole salt shaker and part of the pepper one as well. Wow! A budding scientist, I think.
The moral of this story is when the house is quiet....LOOK OUT! :)

Traditions...

I am really big on having family traditions. I love making memories that hopefully the kids will carry on to their families some day. Here is one of our Christmas traditions....snowman and Rudolph pancakes. The snowman even has a sliver of carrot for his nose. LOL! This was Nolan's first year enjoying this tradition and he ate it up...literally! He ate 2 Rudolphs!! Yum, Yum! :)

Just Because...

Last night Zachary came home with a surprise for me. It was a well thought out surprise. Those that know me well know I LOVE chocolate covered pretzels but usually only eat them at Christmas because someone gives them to me as a Christmas gift. Well, my boy came home bearing a big old bag of chocolate covered pretzels for me!! They were to help me feel better, he said. Now I know I'm doing the GF/CF diet with the little's but let me tell you, that didn't stop me for partaking of that yummy goodness! LOL! I did share too, not a lot, but still, I shared. :)

His gesture is doubly sweet (no pun intended). You see, not only did he bring me one of my favorite things but he did it because I had a REALLY rough day with Connor and he was trying to lift me out of the pits. I won't go into all the gory details but right after I posted about Connor doing so much better he had a relapse and boy, has it been fun! (read severe sarcasm here!) Sunday morning we were iced in and things …

Guess Who Came To Our House....

That's right! 'Ole Red Suit himself! And, he wishes you all peace. LOL!




Nolan wasn't quite sure about this guy. He actually just looked him up and down and was entranced. I think he was thinking, "dude, what's up with those pajamas"?! LOL!


After the unbearding, Nolan was quite comfortable on Santa's lap.
 In fact, here he is offering him baby lotion for his chapped hands. :)

Actually, that's my dad. He dresses up and visits some families with small children and gives them gifts. Then, bless his heart, he comes to my house to visit his grandchildren and mean old mommy I am, tell him No. Now,  hang on a minute, let me explain....It's not that I have anything against dear old santa or dad for that matter, it's just that #1- the other 3 little's had just been put to bed. #2 - if they were to see "santa" they would be hyper for the next 1/2 hour or so and would be hard to put back to bed, and #3 - because I don't want Christmas to be …

Myriad of Updates...

This is a picture of our driveway. Isn't it beautiful?! The only problem is that this beautiful white stuff makes the driveway a tad bit dangerous. (For anyone who has drove our driveway they understand exactly what I mean. LOL!) Remember, we live at the TOP of a mountain. Going up isn't bad it's going down that can make your heart beat in very irregular rhythms. :)



The kids are enjoying every minute of it.
Yesterday was spent making snowmen, snowball fighting,
 sledding and mommy freezing her butt off! LOL! Today all the snow is frozen over and it's like a skating rink. Poor Nol-baby fell down 2 times just trying to walk 10 feet. :(



So this was his mode of transportation. :) I rather think he enjoyed it. He looks so regal. LOL!
Oh, and for those ultimate observant people out there, yes, Nolan is wearing purple snowpants and purple boots. We believe in recycling and reusing around here! Those snowpants and boots were bought for Kyalynn when she first came home (remember Mon…

This is so good....

A Gift for the Homeschool Mom

Paula Moldenhauer

Come.
Do you hear the Master calling?
Look, there's a twinkle in His eyes and a huge gift in His hands. Notice how the golden paper glistens with a metallic gleam. And don't you just love the big, blood red bow?

A present. Just in time for the holidays.

Give the big kids an audio classic and put the little ones down to nap. School can wait. Ignore the dust. Meal preparation can be delayed. No one will starve, though your teenage son may think he will. You'll be able to face those holiday preparations with renewed vigor after you've basked in the Master's generosity.

Your Best Friend is really excited about your gift. He's done all the work--choosing carefully what you need most, going to great sacrifice to procure it for you. All that's left is for you to open it. Won't you focus on Him and unwrap His gift?
You pull the pretty velvet bow apart and lift the lid. You can't see what's inside,…