a little background

hi, my name is mandy and I have two amazing little boys. My oldest son, Ty, has been diagnosed with autism (which is what you will read most about in this blog); I also have Tripp, who is an amazing little brother to Ty (who you will also hear alot about). I was encouraged to start this blog to document our journey through life and life with autism... my world has been rocked in last few years and i have responded in good ways and bad ... but Jesus has gotten me through all of it...

i hope i can be an encouragement to you, and for the friends and family that will read this - maybe this will keep you posted indepth on what Ty is learning! :) and the adventures of Tripp too

thank you for reading, and if you have any questions, comments or smart remarks; feel free to post them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

VBS, I love my church!!!

Ok, so most folks know I'm slightly paranoid about Ty doing new things without me or Sam.  Not because I don't trust others, but because I don't know if they are ready for Ty and then if they aren't ready for him would they tell me or be scared of hurting my feelings, etc (maybe it is a trust issue???).... So this year I couldn't really do much at VBS because I had to work, but Tripp & Brayden (my nephew) were going and I just didn't feel right sending Ty to daycare without his brother and cousin just because I was scared/paranoid/hesitant. Bible school only lasted half a day and my awesome mother in law would pick up the boys and keep them until Sam or I got off work.  Now my church family is amazing! I have never seen a more loving group in my life?! They are so good to Ty, so I knew he would be loved and taken care of, but there was still a fear of the unknown and a bunch of what if's ... but I let him go, and I am so glad that I did. I talked with a few of the teachers before I sent him just to make sure that they would have enough bodies available to handle him (no he's not terrible and yes they are around him every week, but like I said I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to this...)  I basically had a live feed from all the youth and others that would text me or send me pics of all the things he did during the day. From what I hear his favorite part was music, Kamrie went with Ty two of the days and she sent me pics and videos of the boys doing different things, and that was just awesome. I could see how much fun they were having and how excited they were to be there, it just made my heart smile. :) Tripp was so excited everyday for bible school, if it was up to him he would have bible school year round! On Sunday night they had the family night, where everyone comes in the kids sing some songs, show some pics, pick up crafts, then eat and hangout... During the slideshow there was a section of pics of just Ty titled "Ty at VBS" (or something similar) and I just melted/cried .... I know that's silly but it just made me realize that I worried for nothing... I was paranoid for nothing... God's got this under control, alot of times I see myself going through life like a race car - full speed with everyone strapped in as tight as possible dodging whatever is being thrown our way, hoping "if I can just get through this" when what I really need to do is get my foot off the gas, let go of the wheel, and just cruise along in the passenger seat... So to everyone that I bugged the week of VBS, thanks for putting up with me! :) I love you all! And to everyone that had a part in our VBS - Thanks for all you do! It was Amazing! :)


  1. Such a great post Mandy! I teared up just reading it. I'm so happy that you have such an awesome church family there. Sounds like Ty and Tripp both had a blast. VBS is still some of my favorite memories growing up. Love you guys!

  2. thanks dreebs! :) I did always love VBS, chaos with a purpose lol