Saturday, February 16, 2013


9 years ago today, I found out I was FINALLY pregnant with my sweet baby boy. Life for me changed forever that day, as I began my journey into this thing called "motherhood." And I would not change a thing.

Goodbye to Legos?

I just heard words I never thought I'd hear: "Look, Mama, I really don't like Legos anymore; just the ones that aren't real, like aliens." "What about Pirates?" "They're not real." "Yes they are." "With a squid beard? Really?" "Can I sell them?" "Maybe. I'm all about Zords now." Well, I can't regret the thousands of dollars I've spent on them. I truly believe they changed Joey's life. They changed ours too. For the better. Because they pulled Joey out of the Autism fog, helping him with imaginative play and communication.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bernesto and Chase

"Bernesto" and Chase were the first kids Joey considered his friends (even before Karsen joined the crew mid-year in Kindergarten). Bernesto was even in Joey's special ed preschool class, but we didnt realize it until almost the end of Kindergarten. Both boys were in Kindergarten with Joey and then neither were in his 1st grade class. Bernesto is in 2nd grade class and even sits at Joey's table. Chase, Karsen, and Bernesto all came to Joey's birthday party this past October. Now to my point... This morning, as we walked into school, Bernesto was in front of us. He turned around, gave Joey a hug and said "Hey Joey." Then, when I walked up to get Joey from school (short 2 hour day today), I saw Chase and Joey having a conversation. Joey kept up! When other kids walked up, Chase and Joey naturally blended in. So proud of him!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Being literal with God

Last year, it was all about the zombie Jesus. To Joey, if Jesus is not dead and he comes back to life, then he must be a zombie.?

Then he wanted to know why, if God sees everything, why he doesn't shoot the criminals with his lasers?

Let's not forget Joey saying that God is not on the playground because he can't be more than one place at a time (like Church or watching over our house)

Last week, Joey got a question wrong on his quiz. It was "God provides you with everything you have, True or False? Joey said "False" and got it wrong. His logic? "God doesn't give me everything; Mama does."

Today, he was asked what he was giving up for Lent and without flinching, he said, "Smoking." He must hear me joking around about giving up something that I really don't do. When I told him he had to be serious, he gave me another serious answer:  Broccoli.