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There is a proverb, I don’t know who first wrote or said it, but it goes something like this: Sometimes you need to see the forest for the trees. Perspective. There are those moments in our lives where we realize that we’ve been looking at the forest by looking at the individual trees rather than by looking at it from the overlook on top of a mountain.

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About a month ago, our family had one of those life changing moments. Our fun loving, risk taking, license plate and toothbrush obsessed boy has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He hasn’t changed; he’s still the same boy. But now instead of looking at just the bark and the roots and maybe a few leaves, now the whole forest is in view and it is all at once overwhelming and beautiful.

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Anthony is just like every other kid, special. He’s just like every other kid; he needs help. However, he’s just going to need a little more help in some areas that are just as easy as breathing air for most, but for him it will require a little more, a lot more effort.

We are so grateful that Anthony is getting some amazing help right away. He’s joined an Autism Early Intervention study at the UW called the Tadpole study. What this means is he gets one on one in home play-based therapy 15 hours a week. He loves it so far and I’ve already seen him saying and doing new things that he wasn’t doing a few days ago.

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If you want more information on what ASD is, here’s a a link to the CDC website with a good definition. If you want more in-depth info about Anthony’s specific diagnosis, email, call, text or come over~ We are a little housebound now for the next year as the study he’s in is a year long commitment, but we love company and I’ve always got coffee, tea or something or other cooking in the kitchen!




5 thoughts on “Perspective.

  1. Jen, this was beautifully written. God has given you a tender yet tenacious gift in Anthony and as the years scurry by, He will give you every bit of grace and strength you will need in parenting. Much love to you and thanks for sharing. Perspective is everything.

  2. Oh how I love my grandson, Anthony! Your perspective gives me an even greater love for him. You and Mark are awesome parents! Jennifer, your heart is so tender and kind toward your children. You are the best mom! I look forward to being involved in this precious boy’s life! God has gifted him with such joy. Love him to the moon and back.

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