getting ready to pick up elijah from school, but first, a quick post.
last week, after a particularly trying afternoon, i remembered that i never opened elijah's backpack
usually i do that when we walk in from picking him up.
it was providence that i waited. because i needed to do it later. this is what i found inside:
i could hardly speak i was sobbing so hard! two precious little presents, from my little cutie.
elijah was even showing me his gifts.
rarely does he seem interested in such things. this was just so special.
and then he started picking the stickers off the frame, so glad i snapped a photo:)
saturday patrick was at work, so i was on my own with elijah.
on days like that, we usually stay in, and only go out before or after patrick works.
it's super difficult for me to manage a park or something with elijah.
but this weekend, i decided to attempt it on my own.
we walked, across the bridge into minnesota, it was super windy and warm. a beautiful day!
we walked back over to the town square, just down from home.
there's a little playground that sits in a corner that elijah enjoys. for a little while at least.
when elijah gets finished playing, he just takes off. sprinting to nowhere in particular.
when it's just the two of us, i'm always anticipating this. and saturday, our fun ended when he ran off.
i tried to get him interested in the play equipment again, not happening. it was time to go home.
i can't just chase him through our streets downtown.
so, i dragged him home. literally.
i tried to carry him, but that proved impossible.
a walk that should have taken a few minutes took forever,
because i was dragging a kicking screaming kid.
it seems that elijah is more than just being grumpy about leaving a playground,
or whatever he is doing at that moment. it's like he thinks,
"i will never ever get to do this again. if i leave, i will never have this fun again. i cannot leave!"
elijah has no concept of, "we can play more later" or
"you weren't being safe and playing on the playground, so we're going home".
he doesn't even understand that the street is dangerous.
this makes getting him home a challenge. and doing it alone?
well, i knew what i was getting into, but chose to try and play anyway.
i got my wailing and flailing cutie pie home.
fought him into the bathtub, goodness he gets grimy in no time!
i hurried to dry him off, and i just squeezed him close.
letting him sob and scream into me.
i was crying too. it was hard. having him get this upset and not understand my comforting him.
he calmed. i dressed him in jammies, and fixed him apples and goldfish crackers.
he cuddled up in a quilt and munched his snack and i turned on the muppet movie.
he clutched my arm, smiling at me.
we relaxed together, the stress melted away.
i am thrilled to tell you the beauty that came in this taxing afternoon.
once we were settled in, and the lord was washing peace over our hearts?
i realized something.
the kicking screaming dragging-walk home?
i wasn't worried about was people were thinking of us.
i was just sad for my son and wanted to get him home and collected.
our downtown streets were filled with people.
it was a gorgeous day, people were walking, eating and talking outdoors.
our fit must have been a sight to see. but i obviously didn't care.
and this is the first time that i didn't care.
this is progress for me in our journey with autism.
this was a huge success for me.
and i am so thankful for that sweet grace.
it benefited myself and my son who needed me only concerned with him that day. praise jesus.
faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
before i go, let me tell you about jeannett's new series!
i'm thrilled to be a part of this today.
you can read my post here.
we're excited about fundraising for charity water!
helping mothers, just like us, be able to provide clean water to their families.
i encourage you to give today, don't count on someone else to do it.
any amount is a gift, and can make a difference in the lives of those who badly need clean water.
check them out, happy monday!