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.