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Two Years Old Today

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Anne, Happy Birthday to you.

God’s Blessings to you, God’s Blessings to you, God’s Blessings dear Anne, God’s Blessings to you.

Today is Anne’s 2nd birthday. I truly cannot believe that it has been two years since we were blessed with another miracle. I was in labor for 18hours with her, but the only thing I can remember is her beautiful face and the amazing feeling of finally holding her. We brought her home, and it has been an adventure ever since. Although physically she resembles my husband’s side of the family, spiritually she mostly favors my side. She has very expressive facial features, since the day she was born she could give you one of the “Grandma Dorothy Looks” and stop you in your tracks. She is also very adept at the “Grandma Dorothy Hand.” I have always grieved that my Great-Grandmother was called home to Heaven before I had children, but every day I see her in Anne, and I know she is here with us.  It is simply amazing that Gram passed away almost 6 years before Anne was born, but Anne has so many of her mannerisms and a ton of her attitude.

At two years old, Anne already seems wise beyond her years; perhaps it is from all the Angels whispering in her ear. She is so intelligent, and crafty, that most days I can safely say I was outsmarted by a toddler. Even before her speech started to blossom, she could always communicate her wants and needs very well. Now that she is actually talking more, she tells you exactly what she wants (i.e. sleep, food, drink, bath, play, etc…) and when she wants it, which is usually Now.  Our girl knows how to get what she needs and wants, and honestly leaves very little for us to guess at. She has also become quite the little helper and wants to “Helpie” with everything we do. Maybe the more she helps us with the cats, they may actually start to trust her and let her pet them, which would put her on Cloud Nine, because she LOVES animals, especially her “Kitty-Kitties.”

Although Anne can be quite independent, she is also a total cuddle bug. She gives the BEST hugs and you melt every time she races into your arms and squeezes tight. She also has gotten very good at entertaining herself, and most times is perfectly content to sit and play alone.  It is almost as if she already understands that sister needs extra attention at times, and she is showing us it is okay. As a mom I want to do everything equal for my girls, and in the past, most days left me feeling as though I had to “neglect” one to meet the needs of the other. As the girls get older, I still feel these pangs of guilt and uncertainty, but it is much less frequent. We do the best we can, and some days are easy and others are a struggle; being an only-child, I am learning right along with the girls about how to create a happy home for siblings. The times when they can actually tolerate and play with each other are the most wonderful days, because we can just all be together playing, laughing and loving life.

Anne is our baby, but she has taught us so much. She is a strong-willed girl, who is going to do extraordinary things in life. We are blessed that she chose us for her parents, and we are privileged to walk alongside her on her journey. We have our dreams for her, but I think our TWO year old little lady is going to blaze her own trail, knowing all along that Mommy and Daddy are right behind her beaming with Pride and Love. Thank You Anne for all that you are and all that you do, you are a blessing and source of great joy to everyone who knows you. We love you baby, Happy Birthday!


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Golden Birthday

Friday was Beth’s Golden Birthday; she was FOUR on the FOURTH. We are in absolute amazement that she is 4 already. When did that happen? It seems like just yesterday I was finishing off 36 hours of labor, watching my husband swaddle OUR baby, and finally holding the miracle I had dreamed of my entire life. Henry and I both walked broken roads before finding each other, and we both feared we would never have the family we yearned for. After trying for a VERY long time to conceive we had given up hope, and started to consider adoption. As with most things in life, when I stopped trying to control everything, the Lord blessed us with a miracle, when it was the right time. Then we gave the BEST Mother’s Day gift to our moms; we told them they were going to Grandma’s come January. Beth was extremely loved by many, before she ever made her grand entrance into the world. She was our miracle and a blessing that still fills us with more Hope, Faith and Love than we could ever express. She was beautiful, perfect and full of personality from the very beginning. She has also always been different, and the typical rules simply will never apply to our life. Fortunately, Henry works hard to make it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mom; who can be there for every twist, turn, ascent, descent, and loopy-de-loop of the Au-Some roller-coaster ride.

Thus far, Our journey as Beth’s parents has seen many feeding issues, even more sleepless nights, tons of baffling behaviors, several hospitalizations, etc… Although it is not always easy to see at the time, there is always a lesson to learn from whatever hurdle appears in our path. Our journey has also seen unequaled love, strength, sweetness, will, intelligence, affection, ingenuity, joy, inspiration, pride, laughter, etc… Beth is generally thought of as a high-maintenance girl, and is easily judged by those who do not truly know her. Whether they are judging her for better or worse, telling them she is Autistic usually gives them pause to consider their words more carefully. We are very open about her diagnosis, and the fact that it is NOT a disability; nor is it something to be mourned, cured, or ashamed of. Those who make the effort to really understand her are blessed with a beautiful and magical view of the world, which only Beth can provide. We are Autism Proud, because our girl would not be the remarkable person she is without Autism, and our girl is one of the most fascinating people, I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her progress this past year alone has been nothing short of astounding. We make daily strides in helping her understand her system better, and then communicating her needs/wants with us. The more she learns, the more she blossoms and fills us with awe at her true abilities. Our crafty girl is destined for greatness, and she will be one of the many children of this generation who show the world exactly what Temple Grandin meant when she said: “I am different, not less.” We are thankful EVERY day that this extraordinary soul chose us to be her parents, and blessed us with more wonderful than either of us ever thought we would have, and we look to the future with childlike enchantment, because the possibilities are endless for our Unique, Intriguing, Au-Some girl.

♥ Happy Birthday Princess 
Round-custom-Birthday-buttons-1343149146♥ Thank You for choosing us ♥

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Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday, and like many days, I am feeling very blessed. Although most days I am also feeling very stressed, and it can be a struggle not to be a pessimistic person. I believe that is what life is all about. It is the Yin-and-Yang of our universe. I think the key to happiness is to balance the positives and negatives so that we can always find a blessing in any situation.

Lately I have been reflecting on my 36 years on this earth. I am blessed to have my Al-Anon program and family, to help me take an HONEST look at my life. Here is what God has given me to process so far… I have seen times that I thought I would not survive, physically and/or spiritually. I have been the kindest, empathetic and most helpful person to many; however, I have also been the cruelest, judgmental and most hurtful to others. I have mourned times that brought me great sorrow, while I have also celebrated times that brought me great joy. I have been the hero and I have been the villain. I have been the uplifting force of positive love, and I have been the anchor of negative scorn. I have been strong and brave, and I have been weak and terrified. I am blessed and I am flawed, simply put I am human.

I am extremely thankful for the loving support of family and friends, who are by my side regardless if I am on the positive or negative side of life. I am thankful to have many people in my life who will be honest with me and tell me when I am being a less-than-desirable person to be around. The Lord has blessed me with a best friend, who is truly an Angel, and she ALWAYS gives it to me straight. Although there are times when I may not want to hear what she has to say, or see the situation from the perspective she is presenting, her insight is always invaluable. She helps be a better me, and I will be eternally grateful for her presence in my life. My husband also helps keep it “real” for me, he grounds me in a way that no one else can. He helps me see when I am being ridiculous and need to back off, or when I need to step up my game and be the person he knows I can be. He loves and supports me unconditionally, he is my rock. I can honestly say that with Henry on one side and Marie on the other, I can face anything this world throws at me.

Although I am not proud of the person I have been at times, or some of the things I have done over the years. I am proud of myself for recognizing attitudes and actions that need to be changed in myself. I may not always like the person I see in the mirror, but I can see the changes she is making and am proud of her. Through the grace of God, my amazing Al-Anon program and family, and all the other wonderful people in my life one day I will look in the mirror and love the woman I see as much as my extraordinary family and friends already do. My life thus far has been an adventure filled with lots of ups-and-downs, back-and-forths, and failures-and-successes. Through it all I have learned many valuable lessons, but I know that I still have much more to learn. I pray that the next 36 years see me making wiser, kinder and more loving choices.

So I celebrate my birthday today, and I look to future with a happy, hopeful, faithful heart. May the Yin-and-Yang always steer me toward the path on my journey that will help me achieve my God-given potential, so that I may be the person I pray I can be.

“This Simbol(Yin-Yang) represents the ancient Chinese understanding of how things work. The outer circle represents “everything”, while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called “yin” (black) and “yang” (white), which cause everything to happen. They are not completely black or white, just as things in life are not completely black or white, and they cannot exist without each other. While “yin” would be dark, passive, downward, cold, contracting, and weak, “yang” would be bright, active, upward, hot, expanding, and strong. The shape of the yin and yang sections of the symbol, actually gives you a sense of the continual movement of these two energies, yin to yang and yang to yin, causing everything to happen: just as things expand and contract, and temperature changes from hot to cold.” —



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