Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hello Blogging World - Remember Us?

Hello again blogging world. Remember us? We are the Painter family. We consist of Jon, myself, and our two sons. We would like to welcome you to our next adventure.

During the last week of March we found out that our oldest son, Caleb, was Autistic. Crazy right?! That is what I said as I sat there in the psychologists office while she gave me her base diagnosis. Not once did I think that my concerns of my son's behavior would set us down here, but in a way I am glad it did.

A mother's intuition is a powerful tool. She almost always knows when and what is going on with her children. I always knew that there was something about him just didn't fit into the normal mould of a boy his age. After two years of fighting and persistancem we finally have answers.

The diagnosis has come as a huge relief for all of us because now we know how to help. As a mother, one of your biggest fears is failing your child in some way in his or her life. I am no different there. I was always taught that knowledge is power and now that I have that last little piece there is nothing we can't do for our Caleb.

Since the moment I laid eyes on his beautiful little face almost 5 years ago, I knew he was something special. Little did I know what God had in store for us or just how special he was.

He has always marched to the beat of his own drummer and forged his own way. I couldn't be any prouder of the little man he is turning out to be. The biggest lesson we have learned so far is that God makes NO mistakes.

He has a greater plan for Caleb than anyone knows and it just so happens that I was the one chosen to be his mom. I get to guide and love and nurture this amazing little person through his life.

We are excited about what happens next for him and our family. We invite you to join us as Caleb teaches us to march to a different beat.

Until next time,

One very blessed mother