Autism Awareness: Day One


For the past three years I have been sharing what our lives are like having a daughter with Autism and an Intellectual Disability. For the next 30 days, sit back, relax and “just keep swimming” along with us. ❤

Day One: 6th Grade

I remember 6th grade really well. 6th grade was when socially things started to become a little more complicated. 6th grade cliques were forming, at times I wasn’t nice, at times people weren’t nice to me, at times my parents annoyed me, at times school annoyed me, at times my siblings annoyed me and I really needed to start focusing on the differences between good and bad decisions.

Camryn is now in 6th grade. While in bed last night I kept thinking about what life would be like if Camryn were experiencing the things I experienced in 6th grade. I was thinking about how I would teach her to treat people kindly, not let the cliques get to her, that her Dad and I are on her side, to work hard in school, to be patient with her sisters and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE try to not make the same mistakes that I did. I would be such a good teacher to guide her through the somewhat messy middle school years.

This is not the plan though that God has created for my relationship with Camryn. She treats people kindly, she happily gets on the van to school, she loves her sisters, she doesn’t get involved with cliques, she works really hard. It is funny how life throws curves balls and plans change. And despite not teaching her the things I thought I would have to teach her when I dreamed about our future together, we are co-teaching using a totally different lesson plan at a totally different school in a totally different classroom and getting pretty good evaluations.


Jesus helps this mess!

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