An Autism Diary

A day in the life of David Hartley

Daily thanks: 17

Thankful for the beautiful snowfall that happened yesterday night. Thankful that the snow didn’t stick as I am not exactly ready for that yet. ;) Thankful for my coffee maker that will never see a pot of coffee in my lifetime, but it sure does get the water nice and hot for my hot cocoa. ^_^ Thankful that for once in my life, it payed off to keep buying something I already owned because I’ve been too scatter brained to remember I already picked it up. Kleenexes. I thought we had too many before. Now we’re using them up like there is no tomorrow. Gotta love the ironies of life. lol

Daily Thanks: 16

Thankful for my faith and the freedom to express it as I choose. Thankful for my safety and the safety of my children. Thankful for a life lived in America, as flawed as it can be, as there are many freedoms here not offered in every country. Thankful for the help, both financial and medical, that my family receives from the government even though I wish we didn’t need it. It keeps a roof over our head, food on our table, and doctors at our side. Things I couldn’t provide on my own.

I am thankful for freedom of speech so that I don’t have to agree with popular thought or stay silent. Thankful for the wisdom God has given me to know when it’s best to not use said freedom of speech just because I have it, and when I do use it, to use it with an attitude of kindness and love instead of self-righteousness or hate. Thankful for God’s merciful understanding and forgiveness when I don’t get it right.

Thankful for this life my children and I have been given. With all it’s ups and downs, joys and fears, trials and triumphs, over all it is a beautiful and precious gift to be able to live. Thankful for the blessings of silver linings that make skies of grey easier to bear. Thankful for enough sadness to make the happy moments all the more treasured, enough rain to make the sun more enjoyable, enough failures to keep me humble and make victories more satisfying and sweet.

I am thankful for a heart that can still feel joy and hope even after seeing so much of the opposite throughout it’s 33 years. I am thankful for a God Who loves me enough to hold me and guide me on this path of life; forever teaching, forever leading, so that I don’t have to be left on my own to figure it all out or understand.

A Little Bit of Humor

My boys both have colds today along with low grade fevers. After cleaning up puke that was in the bathroom sink, countless tissues around the house, and tolerating a Thomas the Train movie marathon to keep David calm and happy, one would think I would be ready for the day to just be over.  In some ways I am to be honest (who wouldn’t lol) but my boys, even in the midst of stuffy noses, watery eyes, and practicing the art of a good nose blowing, they still manage to be funny.  Best part? They’re not trying to, they just are. lol
David just commented on how every time he tried to get “booger juice” out of his nose, his eyes would get wet and would leak on his cheeks. He wanted me to make it stop.
A few minutes later, Joshua advised me to not try stuffing the “nose booger catcher” (aka kleenex) up both nose holes at once. That it was very hard to do and didn’t feel good. haha
Oh boys, what am I going to do with you two. lol

Abundance of Blessing (Daily Thanks: 15)

Sitting here after a rough few days and a painful weekend, nursing my most recent injury and watching Thomas the Train movies with the boys.  We called in a pizza for dinner, and I baked a round of cookies for dessert (the place n’ bake kind ;) ).
As I pulled up my blog to start thinking of my “daily thanks” entry for today, I couldn’t help but sit back and think about how much could be said and how much is typically taken for granted.  Even things I didn’t get to see or experience for myself today are things I am thankful for simply because I know they exist.  Things like sunrises and sunsets, beautiful mountain ranges so close to home that I get to see them on practically a daily basis, fresh air, bright blue skies, a beautiful bubbling creek lined with trees displaying their Autumn splendor…  Just the memories of these things from a day or two ago is enough to make me smile all over again, just like they do when I have the health to be out among them.

Then there are the things that are such a part of our everyday lives, they could be considered “commonplace” by some.  Things like my car starting without any trouble, working brakes, lights in the home, a reliable heater in the winter and a/c in the summer, clothes on our backs, food in the fridge, money for the bills… I guess a part of me is more sensitive to these kinds of things because I’ve known what it’s like to live without them (or with not enough of them) before.

I could add to my list the countless smiles from my boys and the laughter that fills the house even on the hardest days, even if for just moments at a time.  The hugs, the cuddles, the childhood innocence and active imaginations.  The priceless memories being made each and every day that I am blessed to be a part of.  The youthful energy and excitement that David puts into everything he does and discovers.  The thoughtful way Joshua plans things out, some big and some small, for the people around him simply to see them smile.  Even the meltdowns and anxiety attacks hold things to be thankful for if one looks hard enough.  The blessing of being “mom” still being enough to my boys for them to feel safe and secure.  The continued strength to be able to hold David close when he’s thrashing around in a panic and needs deep pressure to settle down.  The peace that comes after the storm when once again I get to rest in the Father’s arms as my precious child rests in mine.

No list would be complete without also including the blessing of friendship.  Friends, both new and old, have blessed my life and my days and I wouldn’t be the same without them.  Some friends are even so close, they are more like family to me.  Some friends I have lost touch with for one reason or another, but their memories still hold a special place in my heart and mind.  I have friends that keep me accountable, ones that keep me humble, and still others that lift me up.  I have friends I can rely on to share a good laugh with, and some I know I can cry with.  Some friends walk the valleys with me, some only meet me on the mountain tops, but they all have their purpose and worth in my life.  I pray that my friends can say the same of me.

There of course is so much more that could be listed here as I think of all the reasons I have to be thankful.  The biggest thing that I can’t help but note however is that though my life has been difficult and has seen plenty of hardship, it also has definitely not been void of blessings.  Whether the clouds are bright blue or cloudy gray, I have always been able to find something to truly be thankful for and that’s something I aim to never lose sight of. <3



Daily Thanks: 14

I survived. lol On a more serious note, I am thankful for heat that I can afford, plenty of blankets, and a dislocated neck that eventually slipped back into place even if it did take all day (being a zebra can be “interesting” at times ;) ). Also, I am thankful for my kids and their sweet cuddles they gave in between their playful adventures throughout the day. I have truly been blessed. ^_^

Daily Thanks: 13

Thankful for my mom and the fact she had the grace and the technology to find my location and lead me out of the mess that I got myself into in downtown Boise tonight. Thankful how God led me in enough of a maze right beforehand that even though I ended up hopelessly lost, I did finally stumble on a place I could stop and let David go potty before he wet the carseat. Thankful for pain medicine that I was able to use to take the edge off my tension headache turned migraine that was threatening to become the size of Texas. Thankful for David’s eventual shut down as that meant he was no longer panicking and was now peacefully asleep instead. Thankful for my mom’s ability to talk Joshua into letting church go tonight for Mommy and Brother’s sake. Thankful to finally be back home, with dim lights, pain meds, and a blanket. Thankful that the doctor that had me see her in Boise today, promised to never make me do that again (she has a Meridian office too).
Even the bad days have things to be thankful for in them. One just has to keep their eyes open. lol

Daily Thanks: Day 12

Pharmacy workers that hang around a little longer because they know I am in the store and just haven’t gotten back to the counter yet. Need to find a way to stay focused better even while chasing David around at Wal-mart. lol Glad the workers stayed though like they did because I needed Joshua’s allergy medicine tonight.  Also thankful that there is a simple allergy medicine that can help Joshua so much.

Daily Thanks: Day 11 – Ducks, bread, and kids

DSCF7294-taggedMemory making moments can be found just about anywhere and at any time if you keep your eyes and mind open.  Today, the kids and I pulled up to our local Wal-mart and discovered a flock of friendly and hungry ducks by our car.  I couldn’t resist the chance to enjoy a fun moment with the kids so we went inside, bought some bread and came back out.  The boys had a lot of fun. ^_^  We were even joined at one point by another mom and her three kids for a few minutes. :)


Daily Thanks: Day 10 – Beauty Amidst Chaos

Today was a very rough day, as one can see here.  Nevertheless it is still a day with something to be thankful for. :)

Daily Thanks: Day 10
Thankful for God’s grace when I blow it, for the promise of a fresh start tomorrow, and for a warm bed to sleep in tonight. Also thankful for David’s way of being able to help bring out smiles even amidst all the chaos he can sometimes cause. Today, he noticed snow on the nearby mountains for the first time. He thought someone painted them white at first. lol Gave us all a much needed break and a chance to simply smile and enjoy the moment on what otherwise was a very stressful day.




Daily Thanks

It’s November which means that it’s the time of year where a lot of people try to focus a little more closely on what they’re thankful for.  I’ve been participating in the Daily Thanks tradition on my personal facebook page and have been encouraged to go ahead and include them on my blog again this year so I will start off with a quick catch up of the days already past.  Having them in here will make them easier to look back on in the future for me anyway. :)

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 1

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 2

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 3

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 4

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 5

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 6 and 7

can be found here.
(That day got a post’s worth on it’s own)

Daily Thanks 2015 - Day 9




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