Wednesday, April 2, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day

  • Autism Statistics 
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Autism is nearly 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with Autism with an average prevalence of about 1%. A study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by:
    • Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts;
    • Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities;
    • Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life); and
    • Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
  • ASD can range in impact from mild to significantly disabling.
I created this layout for the October Afternoon Blog today. 
The layout started with that heart cut YIKES! I then got the layout done on plain paper but it was missing something so I decided to print "His Story" for the background and cover it in vellum. The wonky view is because the vellum is over the chipboard arrows too. I wanted to keep the focus on the heart with all that's going on I hope y'all like the layout. Me I'm second guessing myself. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

After 4 years...

After having this blog private for the past 4 years I've decided to make it public again and what better day than today April 1st the 1st day of Autism Awareness month. I'm going to do a bit of a different format to the posts this time. I'm thinking some letters to Mav, Autism info for you, daily happenings in Mav's world,of course there will be photos, and all things Mav. A lot has changed in the last 4 years but we'll slowly working into all that. Let's get started. Today is a letter day.

 Dear Mav,

 There are not enough words in the languages of the world to express how much I love you, how you've changed our lives, or how grateful I am for you. You amaze me, drive me crazy, love me unconditionally(most of the time), you make me smile and laugh, worry and cry.

 Last night spending 2 hours "washing dishes" with you brought me so much happiness. Thank you for sitting there jabbering, splashing, and just being. Some may think I'm crazy to thank you for a moment like that but those little moments are awesome because lately they have been few and far between.You'd rather have your space and do your thing which makes you happy and I'm ok with that because I'd rather you be happy upset or melting down. It was wonderful to see you smiling and having a grand ol time with something as simple and boring as washing dishes with mom. I have to admit I did take my time scrubbing those knifes and forks just so I could look over at you and be in the moment watching you. I miss so much of the time when you needed me, you were always momma's and always will be but as you grow older and independent things have changed and I'm glad on one hand but still wish it was me and that little Mav hugging the turtle and not letting me go. I promise to always be there ready for the hug or with a hand to wipe your tears whenever you need me.

 Thanks for making me smile and telling me "have good day" this morning as you skipped off to the bus! I love you, Dude!

 xo Momma

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Today I woke to the Dude sitting in the chair watching me just smiling and it put a much needed smile on my face.he's such a handsome little guy,he amazes me everyday,He makes me grateful for the little things, He makes me stop and think,he makes me happy,He is a blessing to me, He is one of the reasons I feel like a lucky lady,He brings tears to my when I think about this journey were on,He melts my heart just looking at him,he's so many many things but most of all He is my Mav.
Today took his Spring Break Adventures to Gma & Gpas house for the next few days he's going to have fun! When he isn't here it makes me think about him lots that's the reason for the above I get emotional when he's away I'm always wondering about him.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One of his favorite things right now....

Watching movies or playing games on the computer. He has a special way he listens to the computer we put earbuds in his wars and put a fleece hat on over those. He is a happy little Dude you don't hear a peep out of him unless he sqeaks "help".As you can see he still loves Thomas too.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 5, 2010

April 5th

Sorry for not updating ugh like I said lots of changes,adjustment and life stuff happening here at the house of K. I've added an app to my phone so that I can try to update on it. Mav is on Spring break this week he woke up In a great mood today! He's been having a tough time dealing with momma not feeling so hot(I had a hysterectomy 2 weeks ago). It's been hard but we're getting thru it with help from my mom and my gparent and a very patient teacher at school.
We all wore blue on Friday Teagan made sure to ask everyone " hey are you wearing blue? Cause today is Autism Awareness Day and you know my brother has Autism."
Saturday we hung out at home enjoying the weather playing outside.the Dude loves the swingset and the tower lots of smiles!
Sunday we celebrated Easter here at home with my mom and dad.we had an Easter egg hunt too.the Dude totally got into that so cute! Will share pictures soon.
Will share more info later.
Thanks or stopping by!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hello April

Can you believe that its April already? You all know what that means here at the House of K Autism Awareness Month and the anniversary month of the day our lives changed forever. There has been so much happening here lately I'll get to that more later but lots of changes and its been very very had on Mav so hard it makes me cry just thinking about it poor dude. This month will be full of news, giveaways and all things Mav so please stay tuned. You can follow the blog too if you'd like it will let you know when I've updated which will be daily even if it is late like today( i have a great excuse which like i said will fill you in on later if you don't already know).

Tomorrow is April 2nd World Autism Day

if you'd like spread the word tell someone about Autism , Mav, or the blog come back leave a comment or email letting me know and I'll put you in a drawing for a special giveaway it will be something cool i promise!!! Also wear blue show your support! Thanks for stopping by!!

If your new to the blog and would like to read Mav's story you can check it out over on the sidebar. As Always if you have questions or want to share something with me please leave a comment or feel free to email me just click the "Email Me" on the sidebar.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Ok so last post was short and sweet things were kinda crazy and I was a bit overwhelmed fast forward to now ans things are good. We had to change Mavs meds up again which was good for him because things were getting bad for him he was seriously moody, aggressive, not a happy camper the meds were doing bad stuff to him. He is doing great now thank goodness. He has surgery next Monday so praying that all goes well and he'll have a quick recovery.

My parents have a seasonal spot at a local campground that is on a lake Mav absolutely loves it there as do the rest of us but that's not the news. We were given a Bear in the Big Blue House movie about Potty Training he was watching it as mom and I were chatting he was singing and all happy then I got the thought to check to see what else he was doing well the DUDE had went into the bathroom and pooped on the toilet I was so happy and excited and so was he. SO so proud of the dude. Then yesterday we went to get more cloth diapers since that what we decided to try this summer anyways we got home last night and we talked about the potty he decided we'd go sit in the bathroom and he went potty on the toilet not once but twice Louis was home to celebrate with us and he is so proud and excited too. I know this is only a couple times but I really think this is a good start whether it comes to him soon or well whenever he gets the whole bathroom thing down. I'm just happy and excited.

Also wanted to say thank you to Lisa T Howard for the shout out on her blog and to those of you coming over here from her blog thanks for stopping by I/ we really appreciate it.