Thursday, October 25, 2012

the next thing

confession time.
sometimes i watch fun shows on netflix and have a treat with patrick for a date.
other times, i think we do things like that to unplug our brains from reality for awhile.
rather than dating, we are just together avoiding stuff.
hard things come, you know. 

last week i watched elijah pick at rocky dirt with tiny sticks. 
he soon abandoned the sticks and went at it with his fingernails. which by the way, 
are looking mighty spooky, as he hates having them clipped nearly as much as brushing or haircuts. hates.

he was determined to break up that hard ground. 

our next thing toward helping elijah is coming up quickly.

elijah has an awesome team of interventionists and therapists. 
even though i am comfortable with these people who will be working so hard with our son, 
i am a little anxious.

thirty hours each week.
that's how much time will be spent on aba with elijah. 
with time spent at home, at school, out in the community, 
he'll be gaining skills to help him make awesome progress! 
it's just the whole thirty hours thing. it has put a knot in my stomach.

i've been watching videos on youtube of aba sessions like it's my job. it is my job, i guess.
and being informed and prepared, knowing what to expect; it's helping us relax about this.

watching the videos is encouraging and scary. it seems that getting started is often incredibly difficult.
i mean, who loves people coming in and fussing up their routine, pushing them to work hard? 
i do not have my hand raised for that.

i'm excited to be able to watch all of this unfold. 
i'm grateful for the wonderful people the lord has brought to us 
to help elijah be the very best kid ever! we're confident that the lord will be using 
each moment of each hour of this intervention to show his glory for our good.

the angel of the lord encamps around 
those who fear him, and delivers them.
psalm 34:7

pray for us, pray with us? that we would have strength, of the supernatural variety.
i'll be updating here as we progress.

we are determined to break up this hard ground.
breaking through to the amazing gifts that are buried inside our sweet elijah boy!

let's do this!


  1. Praying Hannah!! I am excited to see what god does with this. I am proud of you for how faithful you are to trust in Him.

  2. Amen sister. I'm praying and believing that the hard ground WILL be broken and the Singer family will come up victorious thru this battle. xoxoxo!

  3. praying friend! what a great mama you are education is power my friend. my little brother has sign/tendencies of a high functioning aspergers ... it is amazing the things I have learned over the years...:) keep up the good and hard work friend!

  4. Bless you! Praying for this process and for a smooth transition! You're a great Momma Hannah! He's a lucky boy!!!!

  5. you are an amazing mama! i will be praying for y'all!

  6. I am hella excited to see how the Lord uses you guys - amidst the trials, and through the progress. :) It's an exciting journey he has you on - thank you for continually sharing it with us. :)

  7. I will def be praying. I've been through this process with 2 families of autistic's tough, but so rewarding. I'm excited to see the progress...and I'm glad you're writing it all down...always go back and read the beginning of your story...especially on the hardest days...excited to go on this journey with you!! thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you for writing about this because it gives us all a better idea of how to pray for your fam (not that our prayers have to be super specific, ya know). And the ABA sounds VERY interesting to me! You know how weird I am about researching behavioral topics. I will be all over this :) Love you Friend. I know this isn't easy for you, and I try not to minimize what you're struggling with. BUT, I also know that you are an AMAZING, AMAZING woman!

  9. Praying for you, Patrick, and Elijah. Praying for the specialists that will be facilitating/teaching all of you. Asking God to minister deeply to your heart and teach you great and unsearchable things about Him that you do not yet know. Love you!

  10. sweet friend. Oh. my. heart.

    you KNOW how i feel about all of this.

    it will be hard. you will want to throw in the towel. it might make your head spin.

    keep going.

    do not give up.

    it is worth it.

    amazingly worth it.

    treasure these people. praise them. give THEM treats.

    each little details invests in that sweet e-boy.

    and he is worth it.

    and so are you.


  11. Holding you in thoughts and prayers!

  12. love you, love eg. and we will definitely keep you in our prayers, my dear!

  13. You're going to do great! Your boy is going to do great! When it gets hard, cause it will, remember there are so many of us praying for you and cheering you on. You can do this!

  14. Praying for you Hannah! I know this is an exciting and nerve racking time. Lifting up your family to the Lord!

  15. i love your heart Hannah. I am so thankful that God made you Elijahs mama. You ARE the best one for the job. :) I am always encouraged by your heart, always. LOVE YOU!! miss you.

  16. im sooooo excited for you! i have heard and read the most amazing things about applied behavioral analysis. we did not have that offered in our town, or i would have looked into it! can't wait to hear all about it. i will be praying for you guys and for your mama heart not to miss your boy too much! i hope you are allowed to participate:)

  17. girl! i am praying for you, for this, for your boy. God knew Elijah needed a mother as humble, dedicated and willing as you.

  18. I am with you! I will be on my knees. On them!

  19. I am so encouraged by how much you guys are fighting for him! My brother has aspbergers but my parents gave up on fighting for him years ago and he has not been able to develop those valuable skills yet (he is 24). Praying for you and your sweet family as you start on this journey, all of those hours will pay off indeed!

  20. Saying a prayer for you and your family right now...

  21. I used to work at a preschool that did (a variation) of ABA, and it was amazing! I was in awe of the program and the impact it could have on kids. I will be praying. I believe it will be hard but oh-so rewarding.

  22. Wow, 30 hours is amazing. I'm so glad you are getting the services you need. Praying for you!

  23. Praying Praying Praying that ABA is a big huge blessing! (from what I know, it's good stuff, and I would love to be trained in it!! Love you guys to pieces!! <3

  24. Praying ABA is a great blessing for you guys! (I've heard great things!)
    Love Love Love!! <3