My dear friend Di told me about a blog hop that is being hosted by Mummy from the heart
If you have time do join the blog hop
She is one of those people who always look on the bright side of things - but is still realistic ( kind of like me )
When I read her post -
I thought, what a lovely way to end the year
On a note of gratitude
What a year its been for us !!
So much change - new house, new job, new school, new city
And yet its been a year with many gifts in it -
( though I have had to work hard to see them )
Reason 1 : A Stay-TV-cation
DH , I and R are all so drained that we decide that we will do a true this is different from a staycation as a staycation implies that you go around the city and do things.
Even that sounds too energetic for we are just drained and so we basically stay around the house
We cook, clean and eat
Snuggle on the couch
And watch movies
( R is not well and I am so glad he is unwell while we are all at home so we can take it easy )
Reason 2: The child
A child who is blossoming in his own slow and steady way and who keeps us amused with his originality and charm
Here he is- cooing and singing to the "microphone" -
He changes our screensavers with these cartoons so dear to him
( the ice pack leaks eventually owing to R's ministrations but I don't mind:-) )
He makes little sensory breaks for himself in noisy places
Reason 3 : A new kind of beautiful place
The Pacific Northwest has its own kind of beauty - no less stunning with the grey, the fog and the rain
Here is the lake, I talk about to you, right next to our house
Reason 4: A family that loves R unconditionally
This year as I get Birthday Cards from his grandparents and his aunt - I am so touched
They are trying so much to connect with him -
His cards are always in the shape of a number as that is what he likes -
In these cards, they try to write the few phrases he had when he saw them last
He is so far away and so much in their hearts.
Even without understanding Autism, they have a full hearted acceptance and love for R
Reason 5 A DH that loves the big adventures and the small
The love of my life has shaped my life so much -
As we enjoy the little adventures of cooking
And fireplaces and movies
And snuggles and lounging around
And the big adventures of moving homes, and jobs and school .
The bigger adventure of autism.
And the biggest adventure yet of life
Wish you a wonderful new year .
May we all look for reasons to be cheerful in 2013
May we find those moments
And when we find those moments , may we be grateful for them