Perfect Gifts

Merry Christmas to you! I have a special downloadable Christmas gift for you! The past few months,  I've been dabbling in Art Journaling, and especially what I call Art Journaling Scripture as a way to meditate on the Word. I would like to share one of my pages with you, but first I want to give you a little background about the verse:

When we first found out about autisms touch on our family, I heard many things from friends and family members. A lot of what I heard was encouraging, but every once in a while, someone would say something that was harmful, despite their good intentions. Things such as,"I didn't have a perfect child either." Or maybe there was an implied, "Isn't that sad."  Maybe you have experienced this too, especially if you are just now discovering autism in your family.

The implication that a child with a difference or disability is lesser, broken or imperfect version of a child was the most hurtful of the things I heard.  I love my children just as they are. Their quirks add to the fun and I wouldn't trade them for the world. 

And even though there are some needs to be attended to and addressed with our children with disabilities, they are full-value kids. They are a perfect gift straight from God to us. Children are His best gift. 

All children, regardless of disability are a gift from the Lord.

And all God's gifts are perfect.

I hope this picture will encourage you, and serve as a reminder that our children with autism (or other special needs) are perfect gifts from God.  They are full-value, made in the image of God, built as they are, intentionally, to serve a purpose God created them to fulfill. (Psalm 127:3, James 1:17, Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10)

I hope you enjoy this and share it with your friends!

 

 

Gift from the lord

Click here to download a high-quality printable version!

29 Tell-Tale Signs That You Have Children On The Autism Spectrum

29 Signs

Having kids on the autism spectrum transforms a normal family into an awesomely quirky family! 

I compiled a fun list many autism families can relate to that is sure to bring a few chuckles, and let those families without autism "in" on some of the fun.  

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy!  

 

1. You tell the kids not to climb the curtains because they ARE climbing the curtain!

2. You constantly tell your child things like, "Stop chewing on the vacuum cleaner!"

3. Your practically non-verbal child can quote his favorite show verbatim, sound effects included!

4. You can un-reverse pronouns faster than you can speak.

5. You have memorized "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See".

6. All of your kids do NOT have the same rules or expectations in your house.

7. You cried the first time your child was invited to a party!

8. Your child has called the police department for help when a sibling broke a rule!

9. You are an expert in drawing stick figures and cartoons.

10. You are aware of every exit in the building, including windows.

11. You invent new ways to child-proof your house, and brainstorm how to fix the current child proofing tools out there.

12. You develop unusual rewards and consequences that masterfully work.

13. You know big words like proprioception, interception, vestibular, and gustatory.

14. You can spot other people on the spectrum a mile away!

15. You were elated the first time your child stuck up for himself with his sibling and started a fight!

16. You don't second guess your child when they declare on what date something happened.

17. You speak in scripts back to your child!

18. You *know* there is no such thing as "just this once"!

19. You know the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown.

20. You speak to other adults with a lot of 3 letter acronyms.

21. You are well known at your childs school --and with the authorities!

22. Your child's first run-in with the law was around age 4.

23. Your child really does only eat 3 foods.

24. You have discovered the joy of flapping along with your kids!

25. You can dissect any task into the most minuscule steps. For example "Look!" becomes "Open your eyes, turn on your brain, use your brain to look through your eyes, what do you see?"

26. The A B C's now include: Antecedent, Behavior, and Consequence.

27. You are careful how you phrase things, like "You need to make money" lest your child think you are guilty of teaching how to counterfeit!

28. When someone talks about being engaged, it no longer leads to thoughts about wedding rings!

29. You tell your kids multiple times a day things like, "Do not to lick electronics!"

 

Do you have others to add to the list?

I'd love to hear from you!