October

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Coming back to this space has been hard. I’ve missed all of the wonderful people that I’ve met here, missed the conversations and the feeling of community, but I’ve also been paralyzed  by writer’s block. Mostly, my writer’s block stems not from me having nothing to say, but mostly from me being so out of focus.

When I started this blog, it felt as though my path was clear. I knew what I wanted from life, I knew where I wanted our home and our hearts to go and we had a steady plan on how to get there.

Then, life happened.

Plans get changed, then they get postponed, then they are scrapped all together and new plans are made. Before you know it, you are not the person you were when you started your blog and you ask yourself “where do I go from here?” and “What is this blog about anyway?”

Our family life is wonderful, but it has also been taken over by Little Man’s therapy. But, I don’t want to be an autism blog. Although I think I have a good handle on what works for our family, I don’t feel I’m in any position to tell people how they should go about things. And it feels like all the facts about autism are out there, I am not needed to drive the point in any further. But autism being a major driving force in our home right now, that left me with so much to say, but no idea how to say it and NOT become an autism blog.

I can’t really have a homesteading blog because for now,  our homesteading projects have been put on hold. When gardening season arrived, we were neck-deep in therapy, school, home renovations and planning our first family vacation in almost 3 years. Our soil analysis was shot, the amount of amending needed to have any kind of decent production would have cost a fortune and because of personal health issues and impending surgery (I’m healing well, no worries), there was no way we could see ourselves taking on a homestead this summer. So we let 60% of our gardens go fallow, planted buckwheat and concentrated our efforts on a few of our newer beds. When a late June frost killed all of our warm loving plants, we took it as a sign from the Universe that we had made the right decision.

I so want to find my quilting and crafting voice again, but for now, I’m truly not a quilting or crafting blog. But that should change very soon. I am officially the proud owner of a few days a week “sans” kiddos and I plan on making the most of it as soon as I can sit up for longer than a few minutes at a time. (Abdominal surgery sucks!)

Where does all this new-found time come from? Let me explain : Among the many changes in our lives comes Little Man’s debut in part-time preschool. We were blessed to receive a phone call offering us a 2 day a week space available in this local preschool that is adapted for special little people. They have a full-time specialized education staff, a cooking staff trained in food issues, sensory facilities and a “the more we are outdoors the better” philosophy that was too good to pass up. And he has been thriving : He is making friends, letting go of some of his rigid behaviors, using pictograms to speak and has even started saying “Bye” and “Allo” on a regular basis. Their Montessori inspired focus of independence and life skills has been amazing and little man can now partially dress and undress himself. brush his teeth, put together his own snacks and help in family chores like clearing the table, putting away his toys and helping with yard work.  He has been going for a month now and they are tickled with how well he is doing. So much so that the rehab center has deemed him ready to move to a more intensive therapy schedule. He will be starting proper occupational and speech therapy in addition to multiplying his in-home (and at preschool) therapy sessions. It will require a lot of commitment, but the potential is limitless.

Moving along, I’m really not a food blog. I love sharing my recipes and I love baking and cooking, but the kitchen has been more convenient than creative as of late so not much to say there. But Little Man’s taste buds have been relaxing a bit. Maybe it is eating away from home 2 days a week that has made it happen, but we are finding ourselves able to feed him a lot of new things lately. So we are again feeling this desire to experiment and discover.

Last but not least, when I first started sharing our journey here, I had a deep down desire that MAYBE, I would become a homeschooling mama. That has clearly not happened. So no, I cannot be a homeschooling blog. As some of you know, Little Miss made me understand very early on that she wanted to go to school. Staying home was not an option. Many told me that I should have followed my gut and kept her home, but I truly would not have felt as though I would have respected her wishes. Now, I haven’t yet decided for Little Man. We still have a few years to go. But being honest, after seeing how much progress he’s made in just a few weeks of being exposed to a more structured setting, my heart is slowly accepting that school might be the way for him as well. But luckily in life, things are not always black and white and I may get my wish at least partially. More on that very soon!

So here I am. Seasons have passed, things have changed, I am finding and redefining myself again and my space is still here. Not an autism blog, not a homesteading blog, not a quilting or crafting , food or homeschooling blog. But I am still here. So if you don’t mind, I will keep my blog for a little while longer, and the name will remain the same : Family, because it is the corner-stone of who I am, Faith, because without it I would be lost, Food, because it is always good to eat and Fabric, because my creativity is slightly out of my reach right now, but I’m closely gaining on it and once I catch up, I don’t plan on letting go.

 

 

 

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39/52 – Her & Him (Catch-up)

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss :  Although you turned 6 a few weeks ago, we celebrated your birthday with your little friends from school this past week-end.  It was our first experience having a bunch of your friends over without any adults but m and your dad. I won’t lie, we were a bit nervous. Our home is not a typical home and where most have party games and Disney themes, we have mud kitchens and trampolines, so we didn’t know how your friends would react. Oh how happily surprised we were. What a great group of friends you have my love. You have surrounded yourself with creative, respectful, energetic and happy individuals and that just makes me smile from ear to ear. When I asked you why you had connected with them, you said things like “because she loves to invent stories and we laugh all the time”, “he is super active and likes to run around with me and never gets tired” and “because she always listens when I talk”… Keep finding these people who speak to your heart and soul my love. They will be your greatest treasures as you navigate these uncertain waters. And they are welcomed here any time you would like!❤

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man :  Do you realize I bought that colander 18 months ago? Again and again I tried, getting you to “pleeease” put one pipe cleaner into a whole. As much as I like to think I’m over all these “milestone moments”, there are still parts of me that crave that concrete measuring stick. I walked into the room this week and found you going at it with one of the most intense “focus faces” I’ve ever seen on you. When the pipe cleaners would bend, you would straighten them out and start again. You did not stop until they were all in and then came over to show your dad and me what you had done. “Chill mom! I’m doing just fine!” is what your heart constantly tells me. You are more than fine my sweetheart, you are golden!❤

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38/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss :  What do you do when a few days before her 6th birthday, your darling girl asks for a mushroom identification guide and a Sherlock Holmes sized magnifying glass as a birthday present? You go out and you buy them because if I needed any more proof that you are the most amazingly inquisitive, imaginative, resourceful and unique Little Miss, here I have it. You surprise me everyday… what an old soul you have. Thank you for challenging me each waking moment. You keep me young, always learning, always striving for more. You inspire me so much. Happy Birthday my love. May your next trip around the sun be filled with discoveries beyond your wildest dreams.  <3

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man :   You devilish Little Man! You are starting to get bolder in your actions and you test me constantly to find out what is okay and what is not. You are developing quite a sense of humour and you love getting reactions from us… even if it’s not the best reactions sometimes. Either way, I love the way you look for us now, always searching behind you for our gaze, our stare. It,s a wonderful feeling to know that as much as we look for you, you look for us too.❤

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37/52 – Her & Him

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss :  It is the beginning of fall here and we are all grateful for it. You have been loving our nature walks, asking for them even early in the morning before school starts. My kiddos are like me, they love cool weather and filtered light. The days will go by quickly now my love, before you know it, we will be covered in snow. So live these next few weeks to the fullest, enjoy the breathless beauty and that generous heart of yours.❤

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man :  There is such a sense of peace in your stare when we are out in the dim delicate morning light these days. Like you know inside of you that the days are growing still, soon it will be more dark than light. You are sleeping better, eating with more appetite and embracing those layers so much better this time around. You have grown up so much in just one year my love. All the last little bits of you that reminded me of that plump toddler are now gone and watching you make your way through the world is just beautiful.❤

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36/52 – Her & Him (Summer Catch-up)

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : There is a look of equal exhaustion, amazement and confusion in your face that pretty much sums up our big night downtown Old Quebec on Labor Day week-end. We had been promising your sister that as soon as the days would shorten, we would spend an evening in town, long enough to see all the lights come on. It is always such a treat for her and this year, it was a treat for you too. But it wasn’t the lights that had you so transfixed, squeezing the playground mulch in your hand, laying there still as a rock…

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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(continued )… it was your sister, floating in mid-air above you, watching the sunset. Very few times am I able to truly see what you see. But this time, it was so clear. What a wonderful shared moment we all had. And what a glorious evening!❤

Little Miss : How fearless you have become! Over the course of the summer, you’ve mastered so much of your body, its strength and potential. I feel like you have blossomed into such a confidant and self-aware person over the last few months.   You have some true grit my amazing girl! I’m so proud.❤

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35/52 – Her & Him (Summer Catch-up)

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : That face… who can say no to that face? No one! Not even the security guard over at the botanical gardens when you climbed into his cart. You were SO proud of yourself. Little cutie!❤

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : 1st grade. “Yep! I’m going to real school now!” You are so excited about this new year. You get up in the morning itching to get out of the door. You were even excited to tell me you would be starting homework next week. I wonder if you’ll still be singing that tune as the years go by. LOL! But for now, your enthusiasm is infectious and I just love the sparkle in your eyes. Have a wonderful school year my love.❤

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34/52 – Her & Him (Summer Catch-up)

A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Man : This is the way you learn the best : Hands and feet right in. Feeling with all your body, all your senses, you grasp the world around us in a way I think we never could. How I would love to live in your mind for a few days… Just to experience the world the way you do.❤

A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2016.

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Little Miss : “Mom, I want to take some wood, nails and paint and make an airplane!” And that you did. You were so concentrated, sitting there in daddy’s garage. And after all your hard work, you turned around and gave your airplane to your brother. What a generous soul you are. We are all blessed to walk this road with you.❤

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