Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Autism doesn't define you, your character does.

     All of you, if you have been reading my blog, know I have a son who has autism.  I have always told him Autism does not define him, your character does. I felt like all the therapies, all the work he has done, had come full circle tonight.  He stood up in front of his troop, something he has never did before, and explained to his troop about a Catholic Retreat for Boy Scouts he is going on, that our pastor runs.  I was so proud of how well he handled himself.  One person can make a difference in lives of others if they are constantly encouraging him. He has had several mentors in his troop through the years.  He also has an awesome Scoutmaster. I remember Temple Grandin saying in an interview, that  Boy Scouts is awesome for boys on the spectrum.  I wouldn't have believed it, unless I saw it with my own eyes, and tonight I did. My heart is so joyful for him in this accomplishment.

Praising Him,
Noelle

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Life Scout

I realized years ago the best thing, we did for my son was put him in Boy Scouts.  My son has autism and I never realized what a lifeline his troop is for him.  The past year he has grown up a lot.  At his graduation party, all these scouts were here.  I was watching my son come full circle.  All the therapies in the world couldn't do what this wonderful, amazing organization has done for my son. He has become a responsible young man.  I imagine homeschooling and therapy had something to do with it also.  Those many years ago as the doctors told me what he couldn't do.  I would have never thought I would be standing in this spot, watching this amazing young man talk about his Eagle Scout Project. In a world that was not welcoming for him, scouts welcomed him with open arms. He has had amazing, understanding leaders. I remember it like yesterday the doctor saying all he couldn't do and turning to the doctor saying so what can he do according to you?  That was the last time I saw them. For all those special needs parents, never believe what they tell you.  God has bigger plans for your children.  My son has overcome all those mountains they said he never would.  He has amazing mentors in scouts who encouraged him. I am his biggest fan and supporter and proud to call him my son.  Te amo, Luke.

Praising Him Joyfully,
Noelle

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blessings

Wow what journey the last couple of months have been.  As I read, "Start Here", by Alex and Brett Harris to my two teens, I never imagined it would affect me.  As they write in this book, making the hard choices produces immense blessings.  They talk to teens about make the ordinary extraordinary for God's glory.  Who would have thought that would have been my journey lately? I feel truly blessed for many things: my family, homeschooling, the amazing job I have, and God's push for me to write again.  God has shown me how to leap and not look back, and with His grace, I will land on soft ground.  Today was one of the most grace-filled days, I have had in quite awhile. I made an unpopular choice, but it was one God needed me to make to fully trust in faith. We are always learning lessons each day from our amazing creator.  He amazes me each day. 

Blessings,
Noelle

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to school and looking back on the past year

It is funny how I look over the moments this summer with the kids, and realized the things I will change in our future summers.  But we had an awesome summer. They have grown to be wonderful people, whom I am so proud of. This fall there are so many changes in store for us.  I am writing again; I have two High School students, whom we are homeschooling; I will be expanding my business(I hope).  Finally, I am taking a leap to make my own transcript and leaving the traditional educational loop of satellite school.  Being a special ed teacher, I felt I needed things I really didn't. Sometimes we see the world in a tinted colored glass, half-empty, instead we should see it half-full, as my dear husband always reminds me. I am truly thankful God put him in my life all those years ago. Tomorrow we are back to full days.  I look forward to homeschooling, and days of my pumpkin spice coffee from Starbucks, and Boy Scout meetings with awesome friends. I thank God for this year of learning about Grace and getting closer to him and my town. I pray not to see another storm like that ever again, but at least I know how to do an evacuation kit. Most of all, I feel so grateful for our new church and the wonderful people we have met.  And for an awesome pastor who makes me laugh, despite how much we are going through. Have a great school year, everyone!

Praising Him,
Noelle

Friday, June 21, 2013

Book Review: Courageous Love for Teens by Stacy Mitch with Emily Stimpson

Book Review: Courageous Love for Teens by Stacy Mitch with Emily Stimpson

This is a great bible study for any teen girl.  Each lesson has a theme and they are interwoven into the lesson. In the lesson the authors use bible readings, reflections, and a memory verse to help make it relevant in today's world. They use saint's lives and everyday experiences to help them see what the world sees and what God sees. It teaches how to be a Holy young woman and live in today's world. They use practical experiences and show how  to apply them in real life.  My daughter and I did this together.  We had wonderful, insightful discussions through this bible study.   I highly recommend for teenage girls and their moms.  

You can review the book here:
http://www.catholiccompany.com/courageous-love-teens-p1111857/?

Given book to Review by The Catholic Company
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Graduation, where did the time go?

     This month has been a very emotional one.  My son graduated 8th grade. He is my youngest.  Last month he received his Confirmation.  Both huge events.  At the Graduation Mass I cried it was so beautiful.  He got an amazing blessing from our pastor the morning after. It was beautiful.  That I was tearing at. But this week I cried at a Court of Honor which I have never done. As the scoutmaster called the boys ranking up, my son went up.  I realized what an amazing young man he has become.  He has been in scouts since tiger scouts. I never questioned him going to boy scouts, but I never realized how much we needed it.  They take a young boy and through the years make wonderful young men of them. Scouts is a family not just an organization. I saw young men who I have known since they were young join the eagle ranks. Many of whom have helped my son get to his Star rank.
     I look at his picture when he was 3 and now he is 14.  Where did the time fly? We have had some amazing times. This past year has been rough.  We live in a shore community.  What Sandy did to our town I cannot describe it.  You have to live through it. But my son became my rock through it all.  I am so proud of him this year especially.  He soared like an eagle; took on challenges I wasn't sure he could do.  He did it with such ease and grace; I will never know how it happened. God has been his stronghold and ours.