Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Well, I'm not sure I can top your post :) But I am ever so grateful for the husband that God has given to me. You are unselfish in pretty much ever area of your life and always desiring to make me happy. Though I have come to learn it is not your job, but God's to provide for my happiness, you do an amazing job and I am so blessed to have a partner in life who loves me just as much now as he did our wedding day.

We have endured a lot of emotional, physical, and emotional hardship the last five is a testimate to God's amazing love for us and your amazing love for me that we made it through. I thank you for all you do for our family, you take such good care of us. I thank you for being my support when I want to give up or don't know where to go next. You always point me back to my Savior. You are a wonderful man - great husband - a great daddy - and we love you more than anything.

May this day you be reminded that you are special, you are appreciated, and that I love you!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Amy!!!

Today is actually Amy's husband hacking into her blog to wish her a very Happy Birthday!

I love you Amy and couldn't have asked for a better wife and mother of my children. You are selfless, always willing to give yourself away to the benefit of others! You are happy, even when the rest of us may not be. You were the answer to my prayers 12 years ago when I asked the Lord for a woman just right for me. I was blessed with a woman that fears the Lord, cares for others, and just happens to be the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. (And I mean that!) The fact that you are a great cook, designer, fix-it person, and support for me in all aspects of life is just icing on the cake.

How did I deserve to have a wife that is such a blessing? I didn't, but I am so thankful! I love you Amy. Here's to celebrating 33 years!

Monday, November 17, 2008

In case of emergency....

So I was able to Skype with my parents today. I found out they were in Germany and about to head out off to meet a train to Switzerland. They had been in Amsterdam, Poland and the Czech Republic today before Germany.

I have no idea where they are spending the rest of the week - but I believe they are boarding a ship in Athens, Greece on Friday. I asked them politely if I could have the name of the cruise line and ship in case we should need to reach them. Mom pulled out their info and filled me in on those two details. What parents leave town and none of their kids or employees have the faintest idea where they are really going or how to reach them....

Only mine... only mine....

Sunday, November 16, 2008


On the way to church this morning we were discussing the impending birthday for Eric and I this month. Andrew was kind enough to remind me that I would be 33 on Friday.

He was quiet for a few minutes and then he stated that his birthday was on a Monday, that January 12, 2009 was a Monday. I thought this kid is crazy and pulled out my cell phone. Sure enough the calendar said January 12, 2009 was a Monday.

Tonight I asked him what day Courtney's birthday was on - he non-chalontly said Saturday. Eric and I both whipped out our cell phones to find that February 28, 2009 was indeed a Saturday.

Unbelievable.....if I can only harness some of his brillance into other areas :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008


OK - So its been quite some time since I've blogged. You know when you sit down to write something and realize that you don't really have anything intelligent to say. That's been me the last four times I've sat down to write something. Well today I'm feeling encouraged so I thought I jot down a few things and then people can quit thinking "When is she going to write something to get rid of this vegetable post :)"

So....I went on the women's retreat with my church in September. I went alone and I went hoping to meet a few ladies whom I could connect with and start to develop some stronger friendships. I started my first night with an evening on the toilet - don't ask - and ended up in a room with women who like to rise at 5:30am. I don't even know what 5:30am looks like on a clock and after going to bed after midnight, was not feeling particularly excited about my day.

However, the room next door had someone staying in it that I at least recognized - somewho whom I had spoken to before and I knew was my age. I decided that looking like you are 20 makes it difficult to build friendship with women in their 30's - I wouldn't be too excited to hang out with someone in college at this stage of life. Anyway, I asked her if she wanted a ride up to breakfast and she introduced me to her friend. We all rode together and since they had no other roommates and liked to sleep in I joined their room that evening. All this to say that God has given me to two new wonderful friends who are experiencing different, but equally difficult situations in their lives.

One of them adopted 3 foster children - and the youngest is at 3 1/2 exhibiting austicic symptoms. She rode home with me since I had driven alone and I talked about our beginnings with Andrew and our fight against his autism. She sat stunned as many of the things I experienced with Andrew she was currently experiencing with her son. We met last week and she helped me cook all of Andrew's GFCF food - and then decided she would try it to.

It was only 4 days before he was showing drastic changes. No longer looking or acting "drunk", his eyes were clear instead of like he was in a fog, he started to going to bed instead of destroying his room for two hours everynight. He could sit on her lap and relax instead of fighting and being out of control. The list went on....they even went to a family event and the relatives wanted to know what was different about him.

I often wonder, "Why God, why us, why Andrew, why Autism?" But I know that there are mothers and fathers out there who are grasping for something to help, and apparently my struggle and my fight has prepared me to help some of those parents. To help some of those kids return from their food induced trances and tirates, to help them be able to rest again, to look into the face of their mother again, to start on a path of learning and growing like their peers.

I don't like that I have this struggle, but I do feel blessed to be able ease some of the struggles of those around me.