Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So much to be thankful for this year!

Hi Everyone! Finally...another post!

I just want to take a minute to count our blessings. First and foremost, I'm thankful that I have been blessed with Emily, Carson, Griffin and Mia. I never imagined that I could feel so fulfilled.

I'm thankful for my parents and Em's parents for everything that they do to help us. Our children are blessed with three sets of grandparents that love them unconditionally. The babysitting, overnights, dinners, gluten-free goodies, the research on Autism, the help with therapies, the financial help with some of the therapies, supplements, etc., the constant gifts for the kids, the house projects, the list goes on and on. There are so many people that I know that would not get this type of support from their parents. I will be forever grateful for this.

I'm thankful for my job and insurance for my kids (and for Em's unemployment, which keeps us afloat....barely:>)

I'm thankful for our entire families. They are all so interested in our lives and what we are doing to try to help Carson. We are very blessed.

I'm thankful for some wonderful friends who also really take an interest in our children and our life.

I'm thankful for my aunts who always make themselves available to help us out by watching our kids. This is totally appreciated...along with the added gifts and extras...a total blessing.

I'm thankful for Mia so that I will know what it is like to have a's going to be very different but also a blessing. She is so beautiful. She's her mommy's twin.

I'm thankful for Griffin for so many reasons. He truly is the easiest child ever. He has the perfect personality. He's hilarious and charming. He's one of a kind. He's a true gift from God. He is the perfect fit for our crazy family. I truly believe that he is an instrumental part of Carson's recovery. He's so patient with him. He plays so nicely with him and he truly loves him.

Since this is "Curing Carson," I want to spend a little extra time on all of the things that I am thankful for about him. Carson is AMAZING. His progress is amazing...of course we want more and faster but as I look at the strides he's made just this year, it blows me away. We have conversations now. He can tell me some things that happened during his day. He can tell me some things that happened yesterday and last week. He's making potty progress. He's sharing and taking turns (sometimes.) He's interested in making friends. He's becoming more and more social. He's doing way better than we thought in Kindergarten. He's spending most of his day on the classroom with the other kids. He's coming out of this world of Autism little by little. As he would say "He makes my heart happy!"

I'm thankful for all of the research done by parents before us. I'm thankful for all of the therapy options, supplements, diets, and knowledge I've gained. I'm thankful for Carson's teachers, therapists, aides, doctors and everyone who has taken part in his recovery process. I hope they all know what they have done for my son.

I'm thankful for Carson for making me a better person and for teaching me life lessons in patience, compassion and love.

I'm thankful for Emily for so many reasons but mostly for taking this journey with me and staying with me. I know I'm not easy to live with sometimes. Our life is not our own, especially right now but it is "ours" and that's the best part of it.

Thanks for reading! I'm thankful for all of you:>)


Anonymous said...

Glad he, as well as the rest of the family, is doing so well!


Beth Marsack said...

I was fortunate enough to see front & center your family dynamic. I think it's awesome. I laugh outloud when I recall the moment I was looking the lense & Carson disappears, I think "that WAS a cute shot, where..." then I am tackled! He is a STRONG kid! I loved it!

I still feel in my heart that you two could write a parenting book.

You two are great together, it shows through your children's happiness. Keep it up, though it's easy for me to are doing a FANTASTIC job!

Anonymous said...

You speak so well...I can feel thru your words the love you have for your family. As a nonna, my grandchildren's happiness means everything to me...thank you for being the such "great" parents. Each child is different and each child will teach you differnt things....but you know that.
love you....Nonna

Lynn said...

I couldn't read this whole thing due to fighting back tears... Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Journey To Eden said...

I am so thankful for all of you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The world needs more parents like you two. Reading your words makes my heart melt.

I am thankful for knowing both you and Emily and sharing a small part of your lives.


Niki said...

I am glad to see another post! We are very thankful for all of you too. You and Emily are amazing parents.