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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Oh how I love baseball! Since before the boys were here I looked forward to the day they would start playing baseball and I prayed that they would love the game! Ha, crazy I know but I just wanted them to have as much fun playing and learning the game as I did when I was their age. Lucky for me, right now they both love it. Tripp told me he would rather practice than play a game because they always have fun at practice. He had some of the best coaches any parent could ask for! They took so much time with each of the kids and did their best to push and challenge the boys to become the best they could be and still have fun. The thing I love the most about Tripp's coaches was how they still kept Jesus in the center of the game. He would tell them how he just wanted them to do their best, win or lose, and at the end of every practice and every game he would pray with them. The prayer isn't what kept Jesus in the center but their character and love for each of the kids was evident in everything they did, drills, games, constructive criticism .... everything they poured into these kids came from loving God first and it was great for us to be a part of that!

Ty started his third Miracle League season this year and he had 3 buddies! The league had so many volunteers this year that they had to turn some of them away. I am so happy that we are able to be a part of something so amazing! Ty hit the ball on his own (off the tee) at his first at bat and Addie(the lady that keeps everything going for miracle league) went nuts! Last year we were almost there with batting off the tee but he still would need assistance and this year he just walked up to the tee and hit the ball! Now every time after that was not the same, he still would need assistance some and sometimes he wanted two bats, or a phone and a bat, book and a bat, etc ... but he did hit the ball and run more this year than he has in the last two! We are still working on base running and fielding, he tends to just want his buddies and then friends to just chase him or carry him and when it's time to be in the field he wants to be in the other teams dugout, but he has had a blast! His three buddies have been pretty amazing, they are all high school students and have some of the biggest hearts. They have gotten to know Ty and do their best to keep him engaged in the game and when he just wants to take a break then they take one with him! It amazes me to see these students care so much about a boy they just met. They will never know how much this momma really appreciates them and the time they take to spend their Saturdays with the Miracle League. All of the volunteers are so good and happy to be there. Since Ty is such a runner and pretty social on the field, he gets attention from more than just his buddies and without hesitation each of the kids stop and figure out what it is he's asking and will either chase him or come sit and watch a video on the phone and even hand over their phone just because he's asked for it and wants to look at pictures. It's just really awesome to watch. It's amazing to see them interact without any training of any kind and to just play. When Ty throws himself on the ground and falls down because he can't run the bases with two bats, his buddies just roll with it, they pick him up and carry him around the bases or they chase him to make him want to run or tickle him to make him laugh but never once have they thrown their hands up to say "I don't know what to do" and that in itself is just awesome!

It reminds me of the love of God and how no matter what we do, no matter how we act or react. He never throws His hands up .... instead he loves, encourages, disciplines and guides us.

So thank you Miracle League, thank you volunteers, Thank you to all of our supporters! ya'll are truly amazing!