Boy has 2014 been epic. Thanks for taking our epic journey with us!
When I look back, we sure went through a lot of ups and downs. I decided to take a walk through what you, my readers, liked the most throughout the year, and nothing shows those ups and downs more than going through those entries. I will start with the least “walked through” post and end with the post most traveled. I hope you all enjoy going through the journey again. I certainly enjoyed revisiting the year–sometimes it helps to reflect!
- In case you ever wanted to know how to stay off my naughty list, I wrote my Top 10 List of Pet Peeves. Some might make you laugh and some you might commiserate with. I assure you, though, that they remain genuine pet peeves.
- For the second time, I got to Guest Post at Things I Can’t Say, one of my favorite bloggers. I wrote about Fibromyalgia, the journey to diagnosis, and just wrote a basic public service announcement about the disorder.
- After seeing a student struggle with not being allowed to go to social functions, I wrote about the importance of social growth for children with disabilities and gave several suggestions for ways to help promote social growth in responsible ways. My son has gone to church functions, Sunday school, and other “normal” social functions since I’ve written that post.
- I listed my Top 6 Fears to relate to my son’s autism phobias and discussed how difficult it is for my son to overcome his phobias and the steps we take to help him.
- This summer, in the middle the doctors diagnosing me with Fibromyalgia, which came as absolutely no shock to me, my children decided that a 4 a.m. wake-up time seemed like a great idea. I listed 9 Things I’d Rather Do Than Wake Up at 4 a.m. because honestly, (to list one more thing), I’d rather get toothpicks shoved into my fingernails.
- Believing in our child has become our constant this year, if only because we feel that we have to make up for what no one else does. Support from other people may waiver, but we will always tell him that we know what he can do. Squeaker has such incredible abilities he never ceases to amaze the people who see less than he can actually accomplish. One day he’ll show them all!
- In many ways, for me, this year could be coined the year of my education. When I reviewed Disability is Natural, no one asked me to do it. I just did it because I met Kathie Snow, read her book, and felt empowered. You’ll have to read the review to understand. As a parent, I’ve learned so much this year about so many things and want to do so many things differently. I’ve begun my initiative thanks to many wonderful people, and Kathie happens to be one of them.
- I had the most fun creating my version of Fancy (The Mommy Version). It’s no surprise that it resonated with so many people. I keep meaning to create more spoofs. I’ll have to put that on my radar for the coming year.
- In July, I celebrated reaching 500 Likes on Facebook by hosting a Giveaway on this blog. My friend and author Chrissy Lessey gave away an e-copy of her book, The Coven: Book One. Since then, I’ve gone up to 598 likes on Facebook and my Twitter following has gone up to 854. I’d love to host another giveaway once I get up to 1000 followers on Twitter if I can get a company to agree to that. We’ll see what I can pull off! I cannot thank my readers enough for their loyalty and I always love new people hopping aboard!
- We began going to a different doctor for medications in March and discovered that the ADHD medication Squeaker took actually caused many of the aggressive behaviors we saw at home. Things started getting better when we switched medications. Of course if you’re still reading, you know we still need to do some investigating. I’m working on some other things now. Keep reading!
- We spent much of year dealing with some Compulsive Kissing from Squeaker. How do you deal with a compulsive kisser? Truth is, you don’t. We deal with things in stages in this house, and as it turns out, he’s just a loving boy. You can read more about it there. Does he still do the kissing? Yes, he does. Good thing Big Guy has adjusted!
- In Proud Helicopter Mom, I talked about balancing my need to check on my children with their need for independence. What’s the healthy balance? I think I’ve found it…
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