Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday's Fav Family Foto

I've been a bad blogger.
It's been a week since I posted.
and what a week it has been.

Friday's Foto is hosted by the lovely Ms. Deborah. Just click on the photo album above to visit Ms. Deb and see more Friday's Favorite Family Photos.

Me and my monkeys.

This photo was taken about 6 months ago, on my son's 15'th birthday.

His name is Dylan.
He is my hero.

You see, when Dylan was almost 4, he was diagnosed with Autism.
He didn't speak, and hadn't reached many milestones, that a 4 year old should reach.
His doctors told me that he may never learn to do anything but dress himself and brush his teeth.
Not on my watch.
I'll spare you the details of everything we went through, but I will tell you this:
Not only is he talking now, he is brilliant. If you met him, you would never know he was diagnosed with Autism. He is in all regular classes, and not only is he passing, he could teach his History class.
my baby had to have oral surgery.
7 teeth removed, and surgery on 5 more.
Yesterday, was a rough day, for my little man.
Late last night, through swollen lips, he told me how grateful he is, that I am his Mom.
No Dylan, ... I am the lucky one.
This morning, I received this award, from sweet Christina @ Signs of Obsession.
The Attitude is Gratitude Award!
Christina is a decorative artist, and makes darling little signs, among other things.
Give her a visit, and do say "hello".

The Rules of Accepting and Sharing this Award

1. Put the logo on your blog or post

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude

3. Link to your nominees within your post

4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award

5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award.Tell us how you've come to have an attitude gratitude.

Forgive me Christina,
I'll have to post my nominees later...
my 89 year old Grandmother fell last night,
and I have to get her to the doctor.

I will tell you how I've come to have an attitude of gratitude.

My son.
Through all of his struggles, his strength amazes me.
His big, big heart. He is the kindest person I know.
Through him, I have found the meaning of life.
He has taught me to be a better person.
I have so much to be grateful for.
Beginning with him.
And he is my Hero.


  1. What a touching story. Your son sounds so amazing. How bless you are to have him and him to have you. I pray your grandmother is ok. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to your wonderful son.

  2. YOU, my friend, are an amazing person! And you do it all without a Mr.Wonderful, right? Props to you and I LOVE the smile on Dylan's face! Take care, Sue

  3. What a dude Dylan is! I love that sombrero! He is an amazing kid to accomplish what he has.

  4. What a wonderful picture and a wonderful story behind it. I hope he feels better today from all of that work done on his teeth! I hope your gradmother is alright also!
    This is another story of how Doctors just don't know it all at all! I think they sometimes want to put labels on people like autism or adhd. Your son sounds like he is a genius and he has a bright future to look forward to!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a beautiful story about a beautiful relationship between mom and son! Your diligence and strength obviously paid off for your son. I am so happy that he is a well-adjusted, happy, successful young man! You can tell from the photo that Mom and Sister are absolutely crazy about him...and vice versa!


  6. This made me cry! Mothers are Mighty!! And God is Great!! Congratulations to you on such a well deserved award and for raising such an amazing son!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  7. Teresa, You are the driving force that allowed your son to progress without a doubt. The words, "not on my watch" says it all. Poor Dylan, having so much dental work. I hope he and your grandmother will be fine.

    Thank you for sharing a very wonderful story.


  8. Hi Dylan, nice to see you in the blog.
    Love the picture so much!!!
    It is too bad to have a teeth surgery. We hope you feel better soon!!!Hugs from Klaus
    Teresa, congrats to your son and congrats to your award!!!

  9. Teresa, Dylan should be all of our hero. He is an amazing young man. As I said in my post, what do Drs. know? They can only make an educated Guess of what they think will be. God bless you for taking the time and love to help him meet his potential. And not just saying well there's no hope, after all that's what the Dr said.

  10. Great photos and a wonderful young man - someone to be proud of - I'm sure he worked hard for all of his accomplishments, as such things never come easy. Bless you both.

  11. Hi Teresa! I absolutely love that sweet picture of you and the kids! your story made me cry... what a sweet boy you have!
    love ya,

  12. What a wonderful story and a beautiful picture of you and your children. Dylan is indeed an amazing young man, but I have a notion he got it from his Mom! God bless you Teresa for all the love and support you have given and still give every day to the people in your life! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Many hugs...........


  13. I'm so glad to meet Dylan today Teresa. Alyssa looks so cozy next to him. The three of you look so cute together.
    So yes we are home. Trip from hell but we made it. I had Bella on my lap all the way home and the new little puppy squeezed next to Bella. It was like having 2 toddlers crying for mommy's lap.
    I cut my first daffodil yesterday. The tulips heads are exposed.
    It sure was HOT in Fla. so I'm sure Ga. is hot also.
    Oh and I LOVED reading your love story on FF.
    Sorry we didn't get to see each other...but we will one day.
    Love Claudie

  14. Teresa: Could you BELIEVE that race yesterday!!!! Oh my stars!! I LOVED it! Wish I could have met you?

    Lou Cinda

  15. Teresa: I have an award for you! Come on over to my place and get it!

    Lou Cinda :)

  16. Hope your Grandmother will be okay. This is a precious post, you are a GREAT Mom..

  17. My son was diagnosed with autism at 3years6months of age. He has made amazing progress and is in regular education classes.

    I was once told by the school district idiots that my son was borderline mentally retarded and should stay in some special day class and make muffins all day.

    I disagreed....


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