Friday, March 30, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Such a good talk:
Sensus Traditions - Common Pitfalls for Catholic Parents
Monday, March 26, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I’m loving that I have this book coming any day now! Can’t wait for it. After seeing the movie: A Mother’s Courage, Talking back to Autism, several times, I am thrilled that awareness is being raised in so many areas. Kate Winslet narrates the wonderful movie that chronicles the journey of a mother from Iceland who seeks out the best intervention and therapies for her non-verbal autistic son Keli (pronounced cay-lee). He is the sweetest boy…what an angelic face perplexed by confused processing and sensory issues. I fell in love with this precious soul from the beginning. To watch his mother’s committed search for help, is both heart-wrenching and uplifting. She literally travels the world, talking to families who have up to 5 children affected with autism and a variety of specialists, finally ending up in Austin, TX (where they now reside). The treatment Margaret finally decides will likely help Keli comes by way of another mother whose son was severely impaired by autism and yet this mother believed to “assume intelligence” and find a way to help them communicate. She believes in educating those who are impaired, and has discovered they can be educated; they are just locked away in their impairment, not fully able to communicate. Her interventions and treatments are astoundingly successful. She, Soma Mukhopadhyay, is the founder of the Rapid Prompting Method. She is the Mother Teresa of helping those with autism to gain dignity and respect and a place in life that brings quality and satisfaction to even those severely impaired by communication and sensory deficits.
You can read more about all these great Autism helps and resources at the links provided.
Also here is a link to a good article about the Golden Hat project and Keli and his mother Margaret from Parents.com
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sensory Deep Pressure Brushing Program
This is the little special brush; at our therapy facility is cost $1.59!
So, we keep working at Mark's functional language and physical capabilities that he can interact more normally and smoothly amongst his peers and people in general.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
SPRING has definitely arrived early in my part of the country. I can not even recall in the last 20+ years a St. Patrick’s Day as beautiful and sunny and near balmy as we just had. Amazing. All this wonderful spring weather motivates me all the more into spring cleaning-flinging mood!
It started for me a few weeks back as I began to attempt a little tidying of some home school book shelves. Soon I realized there were many books and resources I really did not need any longer – I decided to begin selling off as much as possible to any takers. And what didn’t sell, I’d export out of here to Good Will. So my shelf cleaning has begun…and as I clean, I think, and think deeply. I’ve discovered my “learned and yearned” list. The beginning of the new year has taught me several areas of focus:
First, from my “learned” list: don’t fight with so-called Facebook friends on your Facebook wall. It’s your wall, yes…why a “friend” would pick a bone with you on your own turf, who knows!?…I don’t allow it any more…if you say your piece and are out of line with bad language, or rude remarks, I hit the almighty remove comment button on you. If you don’t like it….you can unfriend anytime…if you keep it up, I’ll unfriend for sure. It’s as simple as that.
Next, from my “yearned” list: I long to CLEAN and DECLUTTER! I am loving downsizing, I plan on seriously “unloading” this house this spring, even it takes all summer to do so. I plan on simplicity taking over more, economical choices, and buying choices that will help profit some special organization that needs donations. Pro-life and Autism come to mind. So when I’m not buying something second hand through an individual seller, I will be using a store that gives a portion of its sales toward a cause of my choice.
My “learned” list: eating well goes a long ways! I am eating much better this year, and I’m patting myself on the back for having cut out the main sugar carbo garbage binge I seemed to have found myself indulging in since the holidays. I’ve added more fish, tons of steamed veggies, yes that means brussel sprouts and broccoli…and whole grains and fruit. My cereal is wholesome and nutrient packed. I think I can see through the fog finally…
I “yearn” to take better care of myself; not easy to do with special needs children being soooo needy and carting them to therapies and schooling. But, I do vow to have the strange odd itchy patch on my back (left shoulder) looked at – I have an appointment first week in April. And I will see my gynecologist about this terrible prolapse and find out what the heck is going on. I have missed taking “good” care of myself – except for my teeth – for almost a two year span. I have seen my endocrinologist, but I need to care for all of me that has been screened or checked in a couple years. I do get nervous over that thinking the worst at every little feminine pain or hot flash that happens.
I also yearn to have more spiritual time in prayer and be able to attend more liturgical events of prayer and contemplation with Our Lord as my center piece. May God truly bless me this year with a closeness to Him that I yearn so much for daily.
I have also “learned” to stop “yearning” for the past. I don’t yearn for much of it, but there was a window of time in my married and life-bearing years I wish I could have stayed in forever. It was about 10 years long. I adored it, I flourish and blossomed in it, I savored every wonderful moment of it. I think of it often; I am grateful to have had it and try not to be bitter about it slipping away. I think we all have years like that. I bet you could name yours right now, and maybe you might still be in it. Count your blessings!
So, lastly, I yearn for better budget control. I think I will strive all the harder to put that into practice. I will buy much second hand and help give the money to others directly in need, if they have what I need. I know I’m doing nothing for the public economy this way – (I still have to buy groceries, however), but I will help provide more income for another family whose personal economy may be suffering. Others have been very generous in buying my books and home school resources; it’s simple: I have a gently used product, they have a need for it and to save money. It’s a deal! Sold!
Now if I could just find cheaper mascara that agrees with my highly sensitive eyes, I could save money, smile more and yearn less….if you have any tips on this…please leave me a comment!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
We need light and clarity, both for ourselves and for those around us. This is our big responsibility. The Christian has been placed by God as a lamp to light up, for others the way towards God. We ought to educate ourselves to face the rush of people who are going to press upon us with a specific and urgent question: 'Well then, what must I do?' [Escriva, Furrow, 221] Children, relatives, colleagues, friends, they all look to our behaviour and we have the responsibility of leading them to God. And so that the blind person's guide is not himself also blind [Matt15:14], it is not enough to have second-hand knowledge or mere hearsay. To lead our friends and relatives to God, a vague and superficial knowledge of the route is not enough; we need to have walked it ourselves........."
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Around this time of year as spring shows signs of really breaking through, I am usually full speed ahead getting my second grade class ready for First Communion. This year is no different, only first communion comes a couple weekends earlier, so I am a little more anxious preparing the way.
Usually a mother of one of my students will make the banner, but the last couple years, I’ve constructed one….this year I’m using some of this kit to put onto a much bigger banner (30” x 48” approx),
There is also a chalice and host and many little lambs, and the children’s photos will adorn the banner as well. So far, it’s looking very lovely.
This time of year I also begin to realize how lax I am in caring for myself and my personal health. The needs of my family exhaust, and especially the needs of my special children, and the above and beyond kind of care I must give them. Yes, I definitely see my endocrinologist – that has happened consistently without interruption for the last 13 years, even when I’ve had to bring babies in tow and drag younger children along. But, just now I’m catching myself – during Lent no less – with the bad eating habits that have probably long persisted well after the holiday seasons!!! I am adjusting, for the sake of just feeling better, everyday, hoping to squeeze out every last bit of energy I can muster….and ward off the effects of menopause as it seems to drain me so much with a bad thyroid. I really need to power eat! I am looking at having to have female surgery in the near future, for needed repairs to a prolapse that has increasingly worsened….in the meantime, a little weight loss and some more exercising will help patch the way a little longer – buying myself time, yes, I am. I dread the thought of the hospital stay, mostly because of my son that suffers from serious anxiety- panic disorder….I’m not sure how we will manage – or how my husband, mother or older children will manage him and the horrible freaking-out that can ensue when I am not here for several days…….I guess some day I will be writing the rest of this story…..
In the meantime, I am adding more fruits and veggies and whole grains to my lazy-as-of-lately diet. I am committed to eating a beautiful healthy apple each morning with my raisin bran :), dowsed in skim milk. I have some new supplements coming and I’ve already added some much needed vitamin E capsules along with my evening primrose oil to my daily regimen.
Hoping for a good day today as we look to tying up many loose ends, and anticipate loosing that hour tonight for Daylight Savings…..always an adjustment.
Have a great day wherever you are…..may peace and confidence in God’s plan for you be yours.
Friday, March 09, 2012
I just don’t know if I can get excited about this (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins). Yea, I know, I’m a real downer with these things :)..but bear with me, remember I’m a conservative Christian kook …I’m not too relaxed on many issues or fads that the general public hold up as the latest and greatest….in fact, that always seems to make me suspect. I’m very particular with my children in regard to literature and movies; I always have been and I imagine that isn’t likely to change any too soon…especially when I have an ultra sensitive – is prone to nightmares by the most unlikely events child in my home. But, even before him, I began child rearing with a commitment to quality control in the department of books and T.V./movies.
I am not a preacher -- good thing for my readers!…but I do have an opinion and I do share it with conviction on occasion, and I may meet with flack, no doubt but most of my thoughts are well articulated, (and some fears as to why I will not let my children read or view this new release) in this interesting and very thorough perspective on The Hunger Games as reviewed by Focus on the Family. Whenever I want to know the “real truth” about something out there …I turn to Focus on the Family because they give “details”, details I need to know in order to know if I can say yea, or nay. The Hunger Games had enough nay in them for me to say “no” this time around.
While my children are young and very impressionable I feel it’s my job to filter for them – after all, the public at large, the authors, and the movie industry isn’t doing it, I don’t expect them to, they aren’t raising my children, nor do I prefer them to. And yes, I was the ogre mom that said no Harry Potter, no Twilight and early on, even no Pokemon (although I lost on that last one with one child who seemed to be able to have access to it through cousins and well meaning friends…) ..later I banned it.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Pink Lemonade Pound Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
1 (3 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pink lemonade concentrate
4 drops pink or red food color, optional
1 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup white sugar
1) Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour one 10-inch tube pan or
2) Combine the cake mix, lemon pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, 1/2
cup lemon concentrate and the milk. Mix until smooth. Pour the batter
into the prepared pan.
3) Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to 1 hour. If your oven runs hot be
sure to adjust accordingly!
Remove from oven and prick cake all over with a fork. Immediately
pour lemonade glaze over top of cake.
Let cake stand in pan until almost cool.
Combine the remaining thawed frozen lemonade and the white sugar. Mix
thoroughly and pour over still warm cake.
Glaze above makes a delicious moist cake that is sure too please. Alternative glaze This glaze will give more of a look like the photo French Vanilla icing in a jar or from scratch Lemon Zest add to taste pink food colouring.
Monday, March 05, 2012
What you should be thinking when you hear noisy kids at mass
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
Friday, March 02, 2012
Too Many Daves by Dr. Seuss Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave had twenty three sons and she named them all Dave? well, she did. And that wasn't a smart thing to do. You see, when she wants one and calls out 'yoo-hoo! come into the house, dave!' She doesn't get ONE. All twenty three Daves of hers come on the run! This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves' as you can imagine, with so many Daves. And often she wishes that, when they were born, she had named one of them Bodkin van Horn and one of them Hoos-foos. and one of them Snimm. and one of them Hot-shot. and one Sunny Jim. and one of them Shadrack. and one of them Blinkey. and one of them Stuffy. and one of them Stinky. another one Putt-putt. another one Moon Face. another one Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face. and one of them Ziggy. and one Soggy Muff. one Buffalo Bill. and one Biffalo Buff. and one of them Sneepy. and one Weepy Weed. and one Paris Garters. and one Harris Tweed. and one of them Sir Michael Carmichael Zutt and one of them Oliver Boliver Butt and one of them Zanzibar Buck-buck McFate... But she didn't do it. And now its too late.