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Autism Awareness: April 4, 2018

My Mom wrote this amazing story about Camryn. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

Hopes and dreams come in all shapes and sizes.
The first thing you pray for when you hear the words “first grandchild” spoken by your daughter and her husband is that this child will be in good health, will have much happiness and be blessed by God. Our Camryn Grace arrived and from the first moment I looked at her I thought how angelic she appeared. What an amazing gift she was to our family!
Kristi experienced severe Post-partum depression and the entire family was affected. Camryn spent almost her first 3 months living with us. It was a joy, but joy is sometimes accompanied by suspicion. As a mother I tried to recall development. I wondered why she wasn’t opening her precious hands all the way when I thought she should. I wondered why did she scream when she was on her tummy. I wondered why I was noticing some things, but kept them to myself. Perhaps I was just imagining these signals. Despite all this, Camryn was growing, smiling, and responding. Coupled with Camryn was taking care of Kristi and Dave and holding a full-time job. No one ever suspected what was in store for our baby granddaughter.
As Kristi recovered, she, too, had a feeling something wasn’t right. I think the day most telling was when we were all in Avalon and Camryn turned over for the first time. The first time, no second time, no third time… Shortly thereafter, Kristi made her first call to Early Intervention. Needless to say, Kristi and Dave were scared and so were all of us. Investigations began and I watched her parents agonize over every little thing that was told to them. I couldn’t tell them that I was scared, too. As a mother/grandmother you hold these things in your heart and pray that God will provide positive answers to every question proposed. I think at this point we all knew that Camryn had some form of autism, but a concrete diagnosis would come years later.
I watched my daughter become the most intense advocate that anyone would want who had to face an uphill battle. She and Dave cried quietly and I believe grieved for their child who might not experience all that life has to offer.
Yes, they are still frustrated, but they are able to accept this will of God through the blessing of Camryn Grace. Camryn has taught all of us patience, laughter and acceptance of every little quirk she possesses. Camryn is funny and can zing you with one-liners that come from her very being. She is unselfish and cares about everyone else in her own special way. Her laughter is contagious which begins in her toes and rises to the top of her head
Her Granddad and I marvel at how far she has come. She is much smarter than she lets on to be because she wants everyone to help her. I’m not saying she doesn’t need help sometimes, but she can do more things and surprises us in many ways. I have always referred to her as our little “enigma” as she goes about her daily struggles. Camryn Grace WAS kissed by an angel! Thank you, God, for sending her to our family. She makes us complete and is loved by everyone (and I mean everyone!) who knows and cares for her.
Camryn is the shape and size for our hopes and dreams.

Jesus helps this mess!

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