About

I am, at this point, a 43-year-old Christian, stay-at-home, Mom with three children and one husband. I used to homeschool my 10-year-old (Joseph) and 8-year-old (Edward), but recently enrolled them in public school for a variety of reasons which I’ll write about soon.  I also enjoy the grand creativity of my strong-willed daughter, (Sue), who is 4.

Because that’s not enough, we also invited three pets to the mix: Sophie, a Boston Terrier puppy, Fajita, a guinea pig, and Moo, a giant millipede.

I must say I’m thankful that God has such an amazing sense of humor because I do, and I couldn’t take this life without Him or it!

Edward is a gifted child on the autism spectrum who has definite issues with sensory processing.  We have sought the advice of countless different neuropsychologists, developmental and clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, play therapists, Christian family therapists, and a host of other professionals in our attempt to understand the best way to parent and educate this wonderfully complex person with whom God has blessed us.

I am by no means an expert in any of the above, but I am a mother, and I know what it feels like to parent a child who does not “fit in the box.”

We have been committed to the GF/CF diet (for Edward) since January 2008, and have eliminated all artificial colors, flavors and MSG from our diet. We do Interactive Metronome therapy at home, recently began working with a DAN doctor, and are excited about current work on our in-home “Sensory Gym” with the help of our occupational therapist.

I am married to “H,” a self-styled “scientist” whom I met in college and married 10 years later. We have been married for 15 years. He is the funniest person I know. And that says a lot.

Why “Three Channels?”

Well, three channels, three children, you get the picture. But if you are old enough to remember the cathode ray tube TVs, (which I am), think about what the picture looked like if you stood too close—just tiny red, green and blue dots of color, similar to the background design of my site. Yet when you stepped back from these old TVs, you saw the whole picture. I have been fascinated over the past year and a half with the concept of my life (and everyone else’s life, too) as part of God’s larger story.

I am living day by day, with my face glued to the TV screen, staring at millions of colored dots until my eyes cross, yet unable to step back and see the larger picture, or story, that God is writing. This blog is part of my attempt at reading that story, and in doing so, understanding more about God’s plan for my family’s life.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

–Elizabeth

28 Comments to “About”

#1 Posted by annettepiper (18.07.08 at 04:23 )

Elizabeth you sound particularly blessed and have maintained your sense of humour – an essential with three children!

#2 Posted by internetfruit (23.07.08 at 19:05 )

I am so glad you decided to de-lurk on my blog. I think yours is a gem, and am so glad I have discovered you. You make me laugh, and I only wish I could approach my day to day tasks with the same humor.

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#3 Posted by Kate (06.08.08 at 22:36 )

Great life story. G-d must have thought you were an exceptional mom to bless you with such challenges!!

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#4 Posted by Heidi (17.08.08 at 22:03 )

Elizabeth, I have read this before, but I wanted to say something this time. When I first saw “three channels” I immediate thought of “three channels of blessing.” And truly, that is what you are- all of you. You have blessed me so much in the short time I have “known” you. You and your kids are delightful. I pray that God will continue to open those doors of blessing and make you the channels of abundance to many, many others.

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#5 Posted by Alyssa (18.08.08 at 11:25 )

oh my I found your husband’s blog hilarious I’m sure glad my husband isn’t blog literate enough to do that because I have to admit that my Dodge Caravan shares some resemblance to your Town and Country.

I came over after you have commented a few times on my blog. Thanks for visiting. I’ll be back here to visit as well.

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#6 Posted by Annie (18.08.08 at 14:10 )

I wandered here after you commented on my blog. It’s so cool you’re home schooling your kids. I was home schooled for four years, starting when I was 11 years old. Then instead of going to public high school, I was enrolled at the local community college. I had a great experience overall.

#7 Posted by Carla (09.09.08 at 02:00 )

wow! My 9 year old just finished metronome therapy, and while I’ve not been brave enough to try GF/CF yet I’ve thought about it. We might be forced though – looking into Celiac’s for the other kids. Life is fun….oh so fun! :) We homeschool as well, it just worked out better for us that way.

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#8 Posted by Charlotte (23.09.08 at 18:05 )

Hi! I found your site after you posted on mine. (Thanks for visiting, btw!) I, too, am the mother of an exceptional child. I haven’t worked up the courage to try GF/CF, but metronome is high on the list. (He’s too young right now.) Kudos to you for home schooling. That’s heroic!

Oh, and your hubby’s site is hilarious! He and my DH have a LOT in common. :-)

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#9 Posted by Jen P (28.09.08 at 15:17 )

What a great analogy with the 3 channels thing. I had a flash back in the days when I used to glue my head to the TV in fascination of the very thing you describe. Very creative.

#10 Posted by sheila (17.10.08 at 21:30 )

I was wondering, (I am new to your blog), if you have read Jenny McCarthy’s book? I have seen her on countless interviews about her son and autism. The whole gluten thing in your blog made me think of her book.

I believe they’re linking or have linked gluten to ADHD as well. Although it appears from your blog that your son is not included in either of these groups, I find the mere mention of gluten diets very intriguing.

You’re little ones are so cute! I will enjoy reading your posts.

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#11 Posted by Kim (20.10.08 at 00:42 )

Hi!! I love your blog… amazing and inspirational and so real and gritty all at once. I also love the ‘i like cake’ picture. I am doing a presentation on kids, celiac disease, and the GFD, and would love to use the picture in my talk…. it is so cute and it certainly is a shot that is worth tens of thousands of words. I wanted to ask and see if that would be OK. Please respond via e-mail and let me know- or if you have any questions. Thank-you!

#12 Posted by Al Malekovic (29.10.08 at 09:42 )

Hi Elizabeth: My name is Al Malekovic (al@countrybobs.com) and I represent a very, very small company called Country Bob’s, Inc. We are making a great sauce called, “Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce” and we would like to get the word out about our product.
I know that blogs are a great way to get information to the general public. I conducted a google search for food blogs and your name came and after looking at your blog, I was wondering if you would be interested in trying my sauce and perhaps reviewing it for me.

If you send me your name and address via e-mail, I would gladly send you a recipe brochure along with two bottles of Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce in hopes that you would write a review.

If you would like more information, I would be glad to respond to any questions you might have. In fact, if you are interested in interviewing me after you’ve sampled the product, I would gladly make myself available!

Thank you for your consideration. http://www.countrybobs.com

We also would give you two two bottles in a contest to give a way!

#13 Posted by Three Channels » Only Today… (09.02.09 at 22:11 )

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#14 Posted by Anonymous (06.07.09 at 19:25 )

I am a reporter working on a story for Foxnew.com on a scam going on at Neopets.com and came across your site while I was researching for that story.

Here’s the gist: a child using Neopets is sent a seemingly innocuous message with a link in it, promising to provide the child a way to create those desired magical paintbrushes. But when the kid clicks on it, malicious software is launched and the PC that child is using is infiltrated. Then, info on that computer, like a parent’s password or banking info can be hacked as well.

Is this something you could comment on? My deadline is Tuesday EST at noon. Please email me at megshan98@yahoo.com if you can provide any insight.

Many thanks and I like your site a lot.
Meg Shannon
Foxnews.com

#15 Posted by nebo Restaurant (10.07.09 at 14:54 )

To whom it may concern;

I am writing to inform you of our new Gluten free menu. About 4 yrs ago my sister Christine and I opened nebo restaurant at 90 N. Washington St. in Boston’s North End. Nebo is a traditional Italian restaurant offering dishes based on recipes that were passed down from our mother and grandmother. After being open for about a year, two of our closest friends were told they had Celiac disease. We then realized just how many people this disease has affected and the need for an alternative for their dining restrictions. Determined to serve our friends their favorites, we set upon making our menu available in a gluten free form. We are thrilled to say that we have now produced 90% of our menu with the same great taste as our regular menu. We don’t think there has been an accomplishment that has brought us more pleasure. If you would like us to forward a copy of our Gluten free menu please send a menu request to nebofunctions@gmail.com .

#16 Posted by Ashley (24.01.11 at 00:03 )

Hi Elizabeth –
My name is Ashley and I came across your blog through Trish’s Another Piece of the Puzzle blog. My husband is researching ASD in children for his PhD in clinical psychology. I was wondering if you would be willing to fill out a quick online survey to help with this research. If you are, the survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASDStudy
Thanks in advance for any help you are able to provide. We greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to email with any questions. Thanks again – Ashley

#17 Posted by Vicki (18.05.11 at 13:31 )

Dear Elizabeth

I am seeking true stories from people who have had an encounter with God that shows His wonderful sense of humour. Eventually I would like to publish the stories in book form, with all profits going to Open Doors and Bible Society Australia.

With this in mind, I was wondering if you had a story (or two) that you would like to submit to the book.

I am endeavouring to reach as many Christians I can with the purpose of obtaining wonderful stories of personal, humorous encounters with God, and eventually printing this book, to encourage those who are going through difficulty, and to lift people’s spirits.

My purpose is not superficial. After going through some serious difficulties myself in recent years, one humorous experience I had with God not only showed me that he knew my pain and suffering, but his joke raised my spirits and took my focus from my difficulties. This, for me, was the beginning of the healing process.

I have been a volunteer radio presenter on the local Christian radio station in Gladstone, Central Queensland, Australia for over eleven years.

I have been involved in various other Christian activities and groups including a Christian singles social group I started around 12 years ago with the express purpose of helping single Christian people who feel isolated and have difficulty finding a place where they can meet others socially and feel accepted.

If you would like further information, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Vicki
Australia

#18 Posted by KKHavok (18.07.11 at 21:57 )

I found this blog by googling “snort sugar” in one of my ridiculous sessions of madness. When I read that you have a child with Asperger’s, I sorta freaked out. I have Asperger’s and I am gifted in writing, which is definitely one of my passions.

I felt the need to comment and tell you that growing up, I didn’t understand why kids thought I was weird. I didn’t have many friends, but the ones I did have were just as strange as I was and we were very close. When I found writing in fourth grade, my world changed. I’d lived in my books, hiding from kids who didn’t understand me. Hey, I didn’t understand me. But writing was my salvation. I felt better, creating these social situations and people I’d love to imitate. My life was still spent as “the weird kid” and still is, but writing made me feel better.

That story was probably useless to you, but I felt compelled to tell you. I’m now 13, nearly 14, going into my freshman year. I have a wonderful boyfriend who tries his best to help me as he can. My family is always there. And my friends don’t know, usually, but it hasn’t stopped them from thinking Im just the funny girl who writes novels and plays XBox and dyes her hair constantly.

Best of luck to you. I hope all goes well for Edward.

#19 Posted by Dan Weissbrodt (14.11.11 at 14:28 )

Hi,

As a member of the team at WhatToExpect.com the online version of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting book series I’ve been following threechannels.com, and I’m impressed with how well you tell your story. WhatToExpect.com has had a lot of success partnering with sites like yours, helping them spread their message and share their experiences with an audience that matches their enthusiasm for parenting, which is why I’m reaching out to you.

WhatToExpect.com has the 2nd largest audience of pregnant women online, not to mention an entire bookshelf of bestselling books. The site has lots of resources and opportunities to help you. In the past, I’ve offered our partners free books, special promotions online and, I’m always open to new ideas.

Please let me know the best time for a quick conversation. You can reply back to this e-mail or feel free to call me directly at (413) 346-6143. I hope to hear from you soon!

Regards,
Dan

Dan Weissbrodt
Partnership Director
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dan@WhatToExpect.com
413.346.6143
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New York, New York 10014

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#20 Posted by Dan (13.12.11 at 12:19 )

Hi,

I just wanted to reach out again and see if you’d had the chance to think about a possible partnership with What To Expect. There are several opportunities available and we’d love the chance to work with threechannels.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

Regards,
Dan

Dan Weissbrodt
Partnership Director
WhatToExpect.com
dan@WhatToExpect.com
413.346.6143
345 Hudson Street, 16th Floor
New York, New York 10014

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