Singing Surprise

Singing

Sunday at church Emma and Ethan, along with their cousins, performed the special music for the congregation.  They sang, “How Great is Our God” and did a beautiful job. They blessed everyone with their praises to God but the biggest blessing was an unexpected vocalist that decided to join in. Caleb was sitting next to me and I noticed he was intently watching the other kids sing and attempting to sing along with them!

This is not the first time that we have noticed music helping Caleb find his voice.  A few months ago he discovered the twins karaoke machine and we were amazed at how well he did trying to sing every word as he watched the lyrics on the screen. Here he is singing along to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” on the karaoke machine. It’s one of his favorite songs!

What a blessing!  I know God has a plan for Caleb’s life and I am starting to think that this plan may include singing or music.

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Autism Everyday

As I was up with my son Caleb at 4:00 am this morning I found myself wondering what life would be like if we didn’t have a child with Autism. 

What would life be like without the constant worrying about him running off like he did last summer? (missing for 30 minutes that felt like 30 hours)

What would life be like without the meltdowns and the judgement from onlookers who don’t understand Autism and think that I just need to “learn to control” my child?

What would life be like if Caleb could talk and communicate? If he could make friends and tell me about his day at school?

What would life be like without the fear that Caleb may never graduate … that he may never get married … that he may never be able to even live on his own?

I found this video by Autism Speaks on YouTube. Autism Speaks is a great organization doing wonderful things to help brighten the future for children with Autism and their families. It made me cry to listen to these mothers because it is true …. Autism is there EVERYDAY. It’s a part of your life and it can consume all your time, money and energy.

On days like today it helps me to think about the positive things that are going on it Caleb’s life. The gains and progress he has made in the last month or the past year help me see that there is hope and that I need to keep going and not ever give up! 

Last week Caleb introduced himself to a classmate. This may not sound like much, but for a child like Caleb it is HUGE. Caleb pointed to his classmates name plate on her desk and kept running his fingers over her name and looking up at her until she said her name, “Jacee. My name is Jacee”. She smiled at Caleb and then he put his on his chest and said, “Caub” and did this until Jacee said HIS name. “Caleb” she said and then he got excited and smiled back at her. 

Yes, God is doing great things in Caleb’s life and will never give up on his potential and all the great things he has planned for his future. Neither will I!