Hi, my name is Laurie. I am 47 years old and have 3 sons and a daughter, their ages range from from 26-7. I am also married to a great guy & Father!
I have been a mom for a long time so I thought when Jake came along (11 years after my daughter) this would be a piece of cake. I envisioned that he would be the easiest of the 4 and I would know what I was doing. Ha! It’s funny how things turn out so differently from what we imagine. Jake was diagnosed with autism, June 26, 2011. Although I knew in my heart that he was autistic it was still difficult to hear the words “your child is on the autism spectrum”. As hard as it was hearing those words officially for the first time, it hasn’t been as dreadful as I thought it might be. Jake is joy and has added something special to my family. God always has a plan and although I might not have known what it was at the time (and still don’t) I look at autism as a blessing.
Autism has shown me to not take anything for granted. To slow down and enjoy each minute as best I can.
My dad told me something one day not too long after I had Jake. It was a particularly stressful day and I was tired and I didn’t know if I was up for the challenge of being a “new” mom again. My dad said to me “The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.” These words have stayed with me over the years. God’s will for our life is perfect and he will protect us no matter how easy or hard the particular day may be.
There is hope, there are miracles and there is love! Who could ask for more?