A Special Gift

I wanted to share this video… some of you have already seen this… If you follow me on Instagram and or Twitter I know you’ve seen this.

I wanted to share it again, because I think this video is really a wonderful representative of what the  Holiday Season is all about.

It truly is about making others feel good… Giving… Sharing… Caring… Spreading love… Spreading kindness and doing the little things… You know the little random acts of kindness, that may not seem like such a big deal but to some mean everything.

Freddie Stevenson played football for the Florida State Seminoles… Seminoles are our favorite College football team.

He also went to the Chicago Bears! the Chicago Bears are our favorite NFL team!

Freddie already had a special place in our hearts. After he did this for Peyton… I can tell you Freddie has a very special place in all of our hearts.

His act of kindness, meant so much to Peyton and to the rest of us! I hope if you watch this video… it inspires each and everyone of you to do a random act of kindness!

Let’s spread the Christmas love! Let’s also make a it a goal to spread it throughout the whole year!

I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and very happy holidays and happy Hanukkah!

I know it seems cliche to say, but it’s really true… together we are better…. together we are stronger!

As always thanks for reading my blog during our 45 Awesomism days of the holidays.

“talk” to you soon!

 

Love is a Verb

Love is a verb… I love this phrase when love is portrayed in an unconditional way, these days it seems to be rare!
Love is something we really tend to reflect on during the Holidays season!

Almost all parents will and should tell you that they love their kids unconditionally. That is what gets you through the rough patches. All parents go through tough times, but many in the autism community go through rough patches much more often. This can be very tough, especially when a parent is a single parent. Most often they don’t have a break from the stress. Their unconditional love is truly tested. I think one of the hardest parts for some parents is that the love isn’t given back always.

Not all autistic kids share the emotion, no connection of love, however; many do… it isn’t true that most don’t show Love…

That said I consider myself lucky. Peyton says he loves me and shows love. He loves others as well, and for this I am so thankful. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to never hear the words I love you from my children. Although, Peyton says it and means it I cherish it in a way I can’t describe.

I love all my kids the same, but Peyton has a special place in my heart. One of my greatest joys is seeing how much my older kids truly love Peyton unconditionally. They celebrate his positives and hurt when he hurts. Life isn’t always easy for any of us, but for Peyton it’s tougher, But I also know that with mine, marks and my older kids unconditional love he will be just fine.

Love can be shown in so many different ways… it isn’t always just by saying it. It can be by doing even the smallest gestures…

In our home we believe in the saying “love is a verb” and we live it! I would love to hear from you… You’re awesome stories about how love is a verb in your life.

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog…

Hope you are enjoying our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays!

Have an awesome day

My Uncle Henry’s Recipes

The holiday season brings so many memories back for everyone… I remember as a kid spending the holidays with my dad side of the family on Christmas Day. I had a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles.. and we would all get together and celebrate Christmas, with my Grandma!

I knew all of my Dad‘s brother’s families well, because we grew up by each other…

My dad’s sister moved away to Colorado when I was young… So I didn’t know them as well, but I absolutely loved my Auntie Babe. She was such a sweet person . Her husband my Uncle Henry was a really good cook… and people encouraged him to put his own cookbook together. Back then was a lot bigger deal, than it is nowadays.

My Uncle Henry did his own cookbooks… of his favorite recipes and gave each of us a copy… I still have mine. I cherish it as he has been gone a long time. The Cover is messy from years of being used… the pages are worn and yellowed… but that is what makes it even more special.

I thought this would be a great time to share two of his best vegetable recipes from his cookbook!

Henry’s Glazed Baked Carrots serves 6 to 8.

2 pounds carrots

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 small onion diced

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup of butter or margarine

1 tablespoon minced parsley

preheat oven to 325

Scrape carrots and cut into half inch pieces, cook in salted water until tender, put into glass baking dish with melted butter, covered with orange juice and brown sugar mixture and onions, bake at 325° oven, for one hour.

About halfway through cooking time, stir and add minced parsley and bake until done.

These are soooo good!

 

Here is another of my Favorites of his.

 

Henry’s Potatoes In Mustard Sauce serves 6 to 8

6 medium potatoes

one medium onion, diced

6 tablespoons margarine

3 tablespoons flour

One 14 1/2 ounce can of chicken broth

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons spicy mustard

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Boil potatoes in their jackets until tender… let cool, peel and cut into half inch cubes. Place potatoes into a greased casserole, sauté onions in Margarine or butter, stir in flour and add chicken broth… slowly cooking until thickness desired. Add the salt, pepper, and mustard and continue to cook approximately 10 minutes. Pour mixture over potatoes and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Bake for approximately 15 minutes in a 350° oven or until bubbling

A variation that can be used  instead of using breadcrumbs, try sharp shredded cheddar cheese on top.

 

These are great side dishes for dinners during the holiday season!

Hope you enjoy these recipes that have been in my family… as always… all food waivers … food allergy warnings etc… apply!

As always thank you so much for reading mine and Peyton’s 45 Awesomism days of the holidays we hope to “talk to you” tomorrow

It’s Navy-Army Game day!

This is one of the best college football days of the year! Army Navy Game! These young men and women who choose to serve our country are some of the best our Country has to offer! I am a HUGE fan of our Military Academies! This is a game where there are really no losers, as they each are winners in many ways!

Having said that, we are HUGE USNA fans in our home. My oldest son’s Godfather went to the Naval Academy and played football there. My son is named after him and my father, who also served in the Navy! So while we love the Army… today we are all GO NAVY BEAT ARMY!!!

Hope everyone has an awesome day and may the best team (Navy) win! USA USA USA USA!!

 

The Park Bench

I wrote this piece several years ago for my book… I read it every so often and I remind myself it will be Okay.

There are times I really do worry about what is going to happen to Peyton, after I am gone… After my husband is gone… I know he has three older siblings, and I know they love him unconditionally… But I still worry.

I worry that I’m not giving him enough in his life… There’s so many things parents of adult children with autism, worry about… We don’t always talk about them… But they are very real and in our mind, and in our thoughts and in our hearts…

When I get really stressed about it, I read this piece… And I remind myself Peyton is not alone… Rather he is surrounded in love, and I have that faith that whether I’m here or gone… That love Will stay around him.

I can only do what I can do and plan for his future.Stressing isn’t going to help…planning is.

So as we celebrate this holiday season and we come to the end of the year where we all make our New Year’s resolutions… Let’s each and everyone of us pause, and realize what is the most important… That we are there for those who need us, and we surround them with love.

I see a park bench alone, no one pays attention to it. It reminds me of my son… You see my child is autistic, he fights battles every day I can’t even imagine. As I see the park bench all alone even though there are people everywhere.. I realize how my son must feel. Connecting with others isn’t always easy for him, my heart hurts… But I also become more determined to help him. I look around me and I see the beauty of nature that surrounds the bench. It soothes me and heals me… There are so many wonderful things about nature… I am re-invigorated as I walk away from the park bench. I look back at it sitting empty, I stop and smile… As children run up to it and compete to all sit on the bench. It’s at that moment, that I suddenly realize my son will be fine… as he really isn’t alone… He has us, and we love him unconditionally.. We see his strengths.

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog and for following us on our 45 Awesomism days of the holidays. Without everyone’s support we wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things that we are. I hope you’re enjoying it and we look forward to “talking” to you again tomorrow!

have an awesome day