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A Drama FIlled Weekend of Another Kind!

I can’t believe we made it through the weekend without too much drama…well there was that little incident in Tops, a local grocery store, but there was no misbehavior whatsoever this past weekend!

Bethany got ready to go to Flash Club without a hitch. However, despite it being a lovely, sunny 78 degree afternoon she absolutely refused to leave the house without her winter coat, boots, and gloves!!! It has always taken her nearly forever to transition through the seasons!

It was extremely difficult for me to keep my mouth shut about it and just let her wear her winter gear, but I knew that if I insisted she take them off, I would definitely dampen her enthusiasm and possibly destroy our chances of even going. It was more important to me that she enjoy going than to make an issue out of it.

Beth enjoyed making her “Calming” Collage. Her assignment was to bring in pictures of things that calm her, so I printed out photos of her marbles, flowers, her Spider Man blanket, her sitting on the beach and riding the Carousel.

The leader of Flash Club also brought in magazines for the kids to cut out more pictures of they wanted to. Bethany added a small picture of a frog and a huge picture of two bugs to her collage. The leader was quite embarrassed when she realized what the bugs were doing!!!

Bethany is sorting through the photos that she brought from home!

Bethany is sorting through the photos that she brought from home!

She was excited to show off this one of her riding the carousel!

She was excited to show off this one of her riding the carousel!

This is Bethany's "Calming" Collage!

This is Bethany’s “Calming” Collage!

Notice what the bugs are doing?!

Notice what the bugs are doing?!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when Bethany followed the group outside to do the Hokey Pokey without insisting upon wearing her coat! The poor girl did her very best to do the Hokey Pokey while remaining in the shade, though. She never has enjoyed sitting or standing in direct sunlight, unlike her mother! I love the beach!
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After Club was over we ordered and picked up her pizza without incident. I needed to get a few things from Tops. I went in by myself while she and dad remained in the car so she could eat her pizza.

When I returned she asked if she could go in the Dollar Store to look at the toys. We were a bit apprehensive to let her because we didn’t want a fight over the forbidden Easter candy that was sure to be inside. Never the less we did agree to take her in the store. Glutton for punishment are we!

Much to our surprise and delight, she was very well behaved inside. She found a work book that she wanted, tried on some sun glasses, and looked at and touched numerous candies but replaced each one without a fuss. We checked out and got in the car.

Nicely looking at candy.

Nicely looking at candy.

Dad putting candy back on the shelf!

Dad putting candy back on the shelf!

Calmly agreeing to leave the store!

Calmly agreeing to leave the store!

Once we were all safely (or so I thought!) inside the car she asked for the “good” Gummy Bears. I guess eye balling and touching all that candy without buying any was just a bit too much to ask of her! Dad went back into Tops to see if they had some, We didn’t let her go in because we knew we’d have a problem on our hands if they didn’t have any.

Unfortunately unbeknownst to me the child lock in one of the back doors doesn’t work anymore. After about ten minutes of waiting in the car Bethany decided to follow Dad inside! She got out and disappeared into the store before I could even get my old aching bones out of the car!

Bethany always walks faster than me but she also (up until now that is!) always without fail gets to the door of stores and then waits for me. She has never gotten out of my sight before!

Well, I guess she had Gummy bears on the brain! She was fast tracking it to the Gummy Bear aisle and just kept right on going! I was terrified when I entered the store and couldn’t find her. I asked the cashier to put the store on lock down but she never did!!!!

Malcolm heard me frantically yelling Beth’s name and came running to help find her. Thank God we found her hiding behind a white pillar in the produce section just a few feet away from us. She thought it was funny!!! We paid for the Gummy Bears, high tailed it to the car, and headed home!

I’d say I was never so scared in my life, but I’d be lying because I was pretty much equally as scared when she was diagnosed with brain cancer nearly fourteen years ago!

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Friendship Friday: Oh What a Week!

Welcome to Friendship Friday. I’m so glad you came! Please feel free to link up your favorite blog post here!

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This week’s featured blogger is Phyllis from All Things Beautiful! Phyllis blogs mostly about the truly fun and creative ways she homeschools her children. She and her kids come up with the most amazing learning experiences and projects!

I love how Phyllis and her family always find something to celebrate even when life throws some pretty intense challenges at them!

Phyllis hosts a History and Geography Link Up. She’s also got tons of info and ideas on many other subjects including Legos, Science, crafts, Fine Arts, Math and a few other goodies as well! Please visit Phyllis at All things Beautiful and see for yourself how amazing this family really is!

Sunday was a very rough day for us! We had a misunderstanding about what would be happening at Flash Club and Bethany did not handle it well at all. She ended up laying on the floor for the whole session of Flash Club.
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Then later at Pizza Hut she had a fit about not being allowed into the men’s room. This happened once before at Walmart. (Please visit Rages Just in Time for Summer to read that story!) Malcolm was able to back her out to the parking lot but could not get her into the car so she lay in the parking lot for twenty minutes!
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If you’d like to read the whole sordid story about our day from hell and find out just what set her off you can at Just When I Thought Things Were Getting Better…This!

Unfortunately, Beth’s bad mood lingered until Wednesday night when her aide A. arrived to take her bowling. All afternoon on Wednesday she had been throwing things, trying to hit me, push me, and otherwise intimidate me all because she didn’t want to take a shower!

I seriously considered not allowing her to go bowling, but her aide had driven 20 miles to take her and really having her stay home would have been more of a punishment for me than for her. I desperately needed a break from her! We did decide not to let her get pizza afterwards though. We did not want a repeat of the Pizza Hut fiasco!

I am so thankful that Bethany was able to hold it together long enough for a successful visit to a new Adult Neurologist on Tuesday afternoon. I’m very grateful that the new doctor agreed to accept her as a patient because this now means that we will never again have to endure six hours of driving for a thirty minute Neurology visit ever again! I don’t think my words can do justice to how utterly liberating this is!

The new office at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown NY is only a 25 mile drive from home!! We made it there and back in about two hours! We like the easy going, laid back grandfatherly new doctor very much! I hope we have a very long and fruitful relationship!

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On Sunday Rebekah took Jeremiah to visit Rachel and William at their College! This was Rebekah’s first long distance road trip of a about 50 miles! Even though she got a little lost and ended up on the highway and dreaded circle, she handled it well. She had Jerry call Rachel to find out which exit to get off and all was well with the world. Thank God for cell phones!

Rebekah having her own wheels has proven to be part of our solution to getting Jeremiah off his computer and out of the house! He is willing to go places with Rebekah that he had no interest in going to before! It’s so much more cool and fun going places with your sister than your mother and father!

Speaking of Jeremiah…he was studying statistics this week. I know what mean, median, and range are, but I had never in my life ever heard of “mean absolute deviation” or “interquartile ranges” before! I had to do some googling!



Well now it’s your turn! How was your week?

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Thankful Thursday: A New Doctor

I am overjoyed that despite a very treacherous weekend, Bethany cooperated and behaved well just long enough to convince the new Adult Neurologist to accept her as a patient! I was having major anxiety over this appointment and the impression we would have on the doctor.

After what we went through last Sunday, I was doubtful that Bethany would even get in the car to go let alone get back out of the car if she had gotten in it in the first place! I was terrified that she’d have a major meltdown in the office and destroy our chances of “getting in”.

The new doctor, Dr.D is a very nice, understanding, easy going, and laid back grandfatherly type which is just the kind of doctor Bethany needs! We like him very much and are grateful that it all worked out…Now just wait til next time!!!

Since this new doctor’s office is a mere 25 miles away, gone forever are our days of driving three hours (one way) for Beth’s Neurology appointments! After just two hours (including the drive), we were back home already. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders! It is very liberating!

In the waiting room. Doesn't she look happy?

In the waiting room. Doesn’t she look happy?

She actually likies the squeeze of the blood pressure cuff!

She actually likies the squeeze of the blood pressure cuff!

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Saturday night Bethany gave us a hard time getting to bed. She has added so many things to her bedtime ritual that it took from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM for her to finally fall asleep.

I locked up the DVD’s and her iPad at 10:00. She had a tantrum over that which included trying to open the pad lock with scissors, nearly toppling the TV cabinet over on herself, and taking a few swings at me. Malcolm was worried that we’d both get hurt and actually so was I, but I convinced him to go into his man cave and ignore her. His hovering in these types of situations usually just makes matters worse.

I turned off all the lights and disappeared into the bedroom. After about fifteen minutes Bethany calmed down and came knocking on the bedroom door which is exactly what I thought she’d do! She told me she was being good now and took her medicine and let me brush her teeth.

Beth then asked if she could play Memory on the computer before going to bed. It was now after midnight! Since she had cooperated taking her meds and brushing her teeth, I gave her permission to play two rounds of Memory while I got ready for bed. When I  returned she was smiling! She had closed the computer and announced that was ready for bed! Once we got into bed, she insisted upon flipping through all 380 some pages of Jesus Calling! In the dark!  After a while I finally heard her snoring. I looked over at the alarm clock and it was 2:03 AM!

On Sunday morning she awoke just about as crabby as she had been the night before. I was hoping the thought of going to Flash Club would put her in a good mood but it didn’t.  It took a while but she got ready to go and got into the car just fine. However, when we arrived at club she refused to get out of the car because her aide wasn’t going to be there. (We had already prepared her for this ahead of time!) After informing us that she intended to do nothing but sit in a chair, she did finally agree go into Flash Club.

She transitioned through her disappointment over her aide being absent and was just about ready to join the activities when her aide walked in the room! This unexpected turn of events confused her and caused a new wave of anger to surface! Her response was to lay down on the floor!

Unfortunately, I had misunderstood when Beth’s aide had told me the week before that she wouldn’t be driving Bethany to club this week that she wouldn’t be attending it either! Bethany could not process this contradiction to the situation that I had prepared her for!

After club Bethany still wanted to get pizza.  We saw no problem with that .  We didn’t feel that we’d be reinforcing any negative behavior with a reward of pizza because even though she didn’t participate in the activities, she had cooperated with getting in and out of the building.  And besides, we had already ordered the pizza!

When we pulled into the Pizza Hut parking lot Bethany  asked to go to bathroom.  Big mistake!!! Once inside she had a meltdown trying to enter the men’s room.  Malcolm was able to back her out of Pizza Hut and halfway into the car, but you can see below where she ended up for the next  twenty minutes!

Oh well, at least it was a beautiful day for standing in the parking lot  making sure no one  ran  over her!
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Friendship Friday: A New Car!

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Welcome to Friendship Friday! I’s so nice to see you! All are welcome. Please share whatever is on your mind, because my inquiring mind wants to know all about you!

This week’s featured blogger is Chrystal of Homeschool Campers! Please take a minute to stop by and say hi to Chrystal. Read all about her many adventures, mishaps and Murphy’s law experiences as she homeschools her sweet children. Even her very huge dog, Moragon gets into the act!

Our week has been a good one despite most of us having runny, stuffy noses. Jeremiah had a slight fever one day but he got over it on his own. Jerry has been and will continue taking practice tests up until I order and receive his “end of year” test in the mail. He is just bout done with science and history now. As soon as he’s done studying the human body and the Renaissance and Reformation, school will be over with! I am so happy about that! Every year for the past 30 years, by April I am feeling very done with homeschooling!

I always feel bad for Bethany when she gets runny noses because she can’t take most over the counter medications to relieve her symptoms. They either can make her have seizures or react with her seizure meds, magnifying their side effects.

I have learned the hard way that the one medication which she is allowed to take, Benadryl makes her super hyper and violent. Since she hasn’t yet learned how to blow her nose life gets pretty messy when Bethany has a a drippy nose! I can give her ibuprofen if she has a headache though. Even so, this cold didn’t really make her feel too bad, thank the Lord!

Bethany made it to Flash Club without mom and dad this week! Without the distraction of being mesmerized by Korean boy bands, she very happily hopped into her aide, A’s car and drove away without even a backwards glance!! A even got her out of the car to pay for her pizza afterwards! That’s quite the accomplishment! The only drawback to my not going is that I have no pictures of the monumental event!

It’s very weird, but Bethany can be soooo crabby at home all day, then when she starts bowling on Wednesdays her whole demeanor changes. She becomes and remains thoroughly thrilled, happy, and pleasant for the whole hour. Unfortunately, when the game is over the grumpiness returns! May be we should build her, her own personal bowling alley! At any rate she loves hanging out with her new friends, bowling, and the pink bowling ball so much we just might get her her own bowling ball!

We have other exciting news this week too! Rebekah has bought her very first car! It’s a beautiful, red 1999 Pontiac Sunfire! Having your kids driving is a blessing and a curse! It’s convenient to have another driver in the family, but now I have something new to worry about! Rebekah and her boyfriend are making plans and taking steps to work at the same summer camp this year.


Rachel will be heading off to China for the summer. She has decided to stay home for the first semester of her LAST year of college. She can save money and relax a little, taking her fall semester at home online, then heading back to campus for her very last semester of college! The time has really flown right by for me, but she has been feeling homesick and a little burnt out this year!

Our son, Nathanael just completed his internship which was his last requirement before graduation and has been scheduling job interviews. His first one is on Monday. I’d love prayers that every little detail will fall into place so that he can get this job. We are so proud of him!

Life is changing for our family. They are good changes, kids growing up and moving on. I want my kids to mature and start living their own lives. It’s the natural progression of things, but it’s also a bittersweet time for me. When they were all little it seemed like I would have them with me forever, but let me tell you that time just flew right by! Enjoy and savor each and every minute you have with your precious children!

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Thankful Thursday

I am exceedingly thankful for a sunny 59 degree day!
I am thankful for a paying “online” job!
I am thankful that Bethany went to Flash Club without mom and dad! She went with her new aide, A.
I am thankful that Bethany’s CSS plan is up and running and that I have a couple of candidates for other aides in the works to fill all of her available 22 hours per week.
I am thankful that Bethany was able to enjoy bowling with her new friends again this week

I am thankful for that beautiful smile on this precious little face! It is such a blessing to see Bethany happy after so many years of experiencing pain and suffering.
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Mostly, though today I am thankful for this: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (New King James Version)

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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April is Autism Awareness Month


o 1 in 68 children have now been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
o Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeonomic groups.
o Autism is 5 times more common among boys. 1 in 42 boys have some form of autism! That’s more than half of the male population!
o 1 in 6 children had some type of developmental disability including autism between 2006 and 2008
(Statistical information retrieved from: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

With so many people having some form of autism in this world, (and the number keeps growing), the general population needs to learn more about autism, the many ways autism manifests itself, and how to respond to and assist people on the autism spectrum.

The typical public needs to accept and include our loved ones with autism. Individuals with autism need empathy and understanding. They need teachers, therapists, employers, and co-workers who will support them in living satisfying, happy, and fulfilling lives and willingly provide the necessary accommodations and assistance to ensure their continuing success.
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National Autism Resources offers many helpful resources to teach Life skills and implement Applied Behavior Analysis which is one of the methods proven to be successful in treating autism spectrum behaviors. I personally recommend No More Meltdowns by Jed Baker PhD

Using timers can be a very effective motivator for some children who have autism. I personally recommend and use the Time Timer to motivate Bethany to do many tasks such as: “When the red disappears it will be time to take medicine, get dressed, take a shower” etc. Using a timer in this way transfers being the “boss” from the parent to the timer, which is an important component of the positive parenting philosophy that I support! Don’t just use the timer to prompt your child to complete unpleasant tasks, however! We also use it for fun activities and giving rewards, such as: When the red disappears we will go bowling, when the red disappears and you have finished your task you will get a sticker!

Another way to support individuals with autism is to provide a variety of methods to help them communicate more effectively. There are many electronic communication devices to choose from. When Bethany could not talk at all we purchased her a relatively inexpensive Go Talk 9 to help her communicate her wants and needs more effectively. However, Bethany’s preferred way of communicating before she began talking at age five was Sign Language. I recommend this Autism Sign to Speak Set.

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