Eighteen months is a pretty long blogging hiatus, isn’t it? I never thought I’d be out of the game for this long! Here’s the quick version of what happened in the last year and a half, but don’t worry, I’ll fill in the details later.
Right before my last post on March 12, 2012, I found out that I was expecting! My husband and I were very excited and had been trying for a while. However, the pregnancy was very challenging with several hospital visits and stays. Nine months later, God blessed our family with a full term, handsome baby boy! He recently turned one year old and he is my mini-me. Our oldest son is very excited and happy about having a brother.
Right after our precious baby was born, Dear Hubby received orders to deploy. Little Baby was three months old when Dear Hubby left and was nine months old when Dear Hubby returned.
Which brings us up to now. Dear Hubby is back and our family is reunited again. We’re getting into our groove of being a family of four. Life is back to normal … as much as it can be anyway.
During my blogging hiatus, I felt compelled to start sharing more publicly about my oldest son’s Autism. To be honest, it’s something that I’ve fought for a while for many reasons that I will discuss in later posts. But around the spring of this year, I decided to be like Nike and “Just Do It”. I wanted to create awareness and I also wanted people to be able to put a face to a disorder that is increasing rapidly in numbers. I was tired of supporting a cause without being fully transparent and forthcoming.
In April of 2013, I posted on Facebook about my son’s journey with Autism for Autism Awareness Month. Many of my FB friends had no clue that my child had Autism. But guess what? A few of them commented about their children with special needs. I had no idea about their stories either! I started messaging several of them and we were often able to encourage each other. I would share my struggles and they would share theirs. Then we would try to come up with helpful solutions. It was like iron sharpening iron.
And that’s when I realized that I have to start this blog again.
Parents of special needs children need support. It’s not optional … it’s a must! Support can come in many ways and I feel the need to help provide an avenue of support through this blog. I’m going to be transparent and share struggles and successes, the good and the bad. Make sure that your seatbelt is fastened and secure for this roller coaster ride that I’m about to take you on!
I’ll still be blogging about mommyhood and military life with a faith based perspective, but please be in prayer with me as I delve more into sharing our autism journey with you.