Tuesday, 1 May 2012

May: One Little Word Blog Hop

Good morning/afternoon/evening and welcome to the One Little Word Blog Hop.  The hop is hosted by Margie, is international and has a wonderful 25 participants, all waiting and willing to share their One Little Word for 2012 with you.  If you've landed here from Monica, welcome.  I'm listed near the middle of the hop, but don't worry if you get lost following the links ~ there's a full list of participants at the end of this post.   
My husband {The Brainy One} chose our word for 2012enjoy.  Not because he wants us to be frivolous with our lives, but because he wants us to grasp every opportunity, good or bad, that comes our way this year.  The focus for April was to write yourself a letter.
April started well for us, but the diagnosis of The Boy Child's Autism on the 17th has cast a long shadow since.  It turned out that the letter ended up being a source of comfort for me, an outlet for all that I was feeling right there and then.
My blog pal Robyn said, "Autism is beautiful ....but, man, it is a heartbreaking journey ... there is even beauty in the heartbreak. Beauty:heartbreak:beauty:heartbreak."
The heartbreak will us bring tears.
The beauty will bring us great experiences to enjoy.
If you're moving on with the OLW Blog Hop, then your next destination is Kaylea and you can find her here.  
Hey, before you go ... 2012 is also the year of Happy Mail ~ the chance to receive a small parcel in the post, just because.   There's no catch. You don't have to do anything in return.  See this post, if you'd like to join in.  Internationals welcome. 
Participants:
Margie   http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog/one-little-word
Monica   http://scrapinspired.com/
Jamie    jmpgirl.blogspot.com
Lisa     http://backtoallen.com/category/challenges/one-little-word/
Jenn     www.studiojenn.blogspot.com
Jill    http://jillconyers.com/
Veronica     www.veronicanorris.typepad.com
Cheri    http://cheriandrews.blogspot.com
Monica B    http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com/
Ruth     http://suburbansahm.blogspot.com        **you are here** 
Kaylea    www.myscrappylife.com                      **go here next**
Cindy    http://www.cynthiacrysdale.com/
Donna    http://holimess.blogspot.com/
Kelly    http://mindingmynest.com
Carolina    www.micinnamons-en.blogspot.com
Cindy    http://seriousplay.typepad.com
Naomi    http://poeticaperture.com
Nikki    www.inkyart.com.au
Amanda    http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com
Rebekah    http://istampscrapcraft.blogspot.com/
Tere    http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/
Kimberlee     http://scrapsandsass.blogspot.com
Brighton    www.dearbrighton.com
Kristina     http://hrinspirationfromthe403.blogspot.ca/
Missus Wookie    http://mrswookieswanderings.blogspot.com/

15 comments:

Robyn said...

;)

Sian said...

It doesn't define him. Absolutely right.

Lisa said...

What a lovely post. Two of the most important people in my life are parents to kids with autism, and I so admire them. Sending you thoughts of love and peace.

Kimberlee Gerstmann said...

Thank you for sharing. My sister is waiting to receive my nephew's diagnosis, but we're pretty sure he is autistic. It is a tough thing to hear because it does challenge what you expected/assumed their lives would be like. BUT you are right in the fact that it does not define them or you. It is a shift, but does not have to be a negative one.

Hugs!

MonicaB said...

Wonderful post. Hugs to you and your family for this new chapter in your life.

Cheri said...

You are right Ruth - it doesn't define him or you. And there is some comfort in just knowing so you can start dealing. I'm sure that in no time you'll be comfortable with your new normal.

Donna said...

My heart and prayers go out to your family. Your son is who he was last week and last year, before he was diagnosed. Autism is not who he is. It can be just a word that tells others how to reach him, work with him, and love him. It doesn't shape his behavior, it shapes ours. It means we talk to him about transitions - before they happen. It means we speak more patiently. It means that we plan in advance. It means we love him in it. It means we enjoy him as he is and help him to
be himself.

Karen said...

A beautifully written letter with such a positive feel to it. Every post you write shows TBC to be loving and loved and what more could a child ask for. xxx

Naomi said...

I so admire you for growing through this and writing this.

Naomi said...

I so admire you for growing through this and writing this.

Missus Wookie said...

I'm with Donna - labels are only useful if wisely used. The rest of the time they can be ignored as you concentrate on the person who is who they are not, a label.

It's not a life sentence, a definition or anything else you don't want it to be... no matter how others may view it.

I hope your wishes come true.

kelly said...

thank you for your honest journaling ruth. blessings to you and your family. love, kelly

Alison said...

What more can I add...except for hugs?!

Alison xx

Rebekah said...

Thank you for your post Ruth. We have a few disabilities among some of my family and I have so appreciated what I have learned from them...both the kids and their parents. We have so much to learn from the things we have in our lives. So much to love and give ourselves fully to. So much joy and love to be received back as we do fully gives ourselves to it. Hugs!

Rebekah said...

Thank you for your post Ruth. We have a few disabilities among some of my family and I have so appreciated what I have learned from them...both the kids and their parents. We have so much to learn from the things we have in our lives. So much to love and give ourselves fully to. So much joy and love to be received back as we do fully gives ourselves to it. Hugs!