Our Story

This is a testimony of God’s amazing work in an ordinary family of 7, facing the challenges of having a child with special needs. Our journey has not been an easy one. We are faced with so much uncertainty and unanswered questions, but we stand on Christ, our rock.

Our son, the oldest of our five children, was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Mixed Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder. In other words, he had severe language delays. As he got older, it became apparent that his challenges were not just in the area of speech, and at 8 years old, he was diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder. We still feel there is more to it than this, and though we are taking steps to pursue further evaluations and a more accurate diagnosis, our ultimate desire is to seek God’s will and glory in our lives through all this.

In all honesty, though, we are “pulling our hairs out” sometimes, as we try to understand what our child is going through. But in the end, we are brought back to the same place, on our knees before our God, who created our child and is intimately acquainted with all his ways. This is my attempt at documenting what we go through and what God teaches me along this journey. Creating this site is something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. But, with five children to care for, life gets very full, and projects like this often don’t come to fruition. So here it goes …

I hope to update this regularly, partly for myself and partly for others out there, who may need some encouragement or who simply need to know they are not alone.

Because He lives,

Aileen

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66 thoughts on “Our Story”

  1. When I started blogging a couple years back, I had no idea God could use this platform to connect me to so many others who are living for Him in likemindedness! Thank you so much for following my blog as it led me to yours…what an absolute treasure and such perfect timing for our family to find a blog like yours. I will be reading up! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    1. I feel the same way too when I first started this blog. I had no idea that I’d be able to connect with others on a deeper level … people that I’ve never met face to face. I’m glad to have “stumbled” upon your blog and look forward to reading your story. Hope you had a blessed Mother’s Day!

    1. I was going to nominated you for a blog award as well. I guess you beat me to it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll send you the link once I publish … It takes me some time to put those posts together.

  2. Wow. What a beautiful blog! Such a wonderful testimony your life is to so many others out there who are going through the same thing as you are! May you continue encouraging and inspiring others through your words. Be blessed!

    1. The comments that you have left on my blog have been so encouraging. I trust that what you are and will be sharing with the rest of the world through your blog will be no different.

    1. No, we are never alone. And even if we can’t find a single person who can totally relate to what we’re going through, we have Jesus Christ. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16). God bless you!

  3. Bless you for all you do! My son is 18 now, born prematurely (one pound, 13 oz–a bona fide miracle!), diagnosed at 3 with pervasive developmental disorder. It has gotten harder for me over the years and one day I too may venture more deeply into that painful place and write all about it… but not yet…

    1. I hope you can be encouraged by this blog. I know that for me, taking the time to write what God is teaching me allows me to look beyond the hardship and see the beauty that God is creating. Do let me know if you start writing about your experience. God bless you!

  4. Hi, I kept thinking about you yesterday when I was reading Living Gluten-Free for Dummies. I have struggled with some health issues that going gluten free seems to be relieving (I just started going gluten free). Danna Korn, the author talks about gluten and how it affects autism. Just a thought. I felt it was worth sharing it with you. Blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. ๐Ÿ™‚ It wasn’t odd to me at all. It was very sweet of you to think of me and my particular situation. I’ve heard of gluten-free diets helping children with special needs. I’ve thought about it, but have not tried it. If I’m going to do it at all, it would be nice to have the whole family on board. With 5 different sets of taste buds, not including my own, to consider, I’m hesitant to take the plunge. But, I’ll check out that book you mentioned. Maybe it won’t be as hard as I imagine.

        1. Oh I understand. Homeschooling keeps you busy enough. Nutrition is an amazing thing when it comes to our health. I cannot believe how much better I feel. But it does require more time energy creativity. I am learning how to make my own bread. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was wondering if you have run across http://www.nathhan.com? I subscribed to this journal/magazine when my kids were young (two of my kids were on the autistic spectrum), even though I chose not to homeschool them. It was a very helpful resource at the time. It is a resource for people who are homeschooling their special needs children.

    1. Wow, I am sincerely honored. Praise God that you are enjoying the blog. I’ll need some time to think about your questions, so hopefully I’ll be able to post about it soon. It was nice reading your answers, feel like I got to know you a little better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I am glad you found me! Your site is such an encouragement to me! My 4-yr-old twins (born at 38 weeks- not at all early!) have had many developmental hurdles- especially in the area of speech. We’ve been in several different therapy settings. I can’t wait to follow along your journey!

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