At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Psalm 95: 1-7

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Joy Explosion

Three years ago a bundle of joy exploded into our lives

And single-handledly our Isaac has,...

Changed our perspective,...

In the most delightful ways,...

Taught us about love,


And how to communicate,....

How to live in the moment,...

Every moment,...

How to seek delight in everything,...

Isaac is just a little bitty guy in a great big world,
his plate is full,...

But, he's not too concerned with his challenges,...

Isaac has too much much stuff to do,...

And every singe thing he does,...he does it joyfully,...

And so beautifully,....

Our hearts overflow with joy and thanksgiving 
for the blessing bestowed upon us,

Our Isaac
We love you!


1 Corinthians 1:4-5

New International Version (NIV)


I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge

By the way I must note that this post: Joy Explosion is the 100th post, posted for Round Rainbows & Other Realities - so fitting it should fall in this season of thanks. And I want to THANK YOU readers for your interest in stopping by this blog to share our lives - it means a lot to our entire family to see the numbers counts, and regions from around the world,...and WOW, many places around the world,...but we all share the same electronic backyard,...and I want to say that we are so aware that there is a flesh and blood person represented by every number,...and again thank you readers,...YOU are a blessing!!!!

 Until I post again,...may God bless you!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Never A Dull Moment

 In all things, Isaac seem to take a unique twist,....

Like how we sit in our little green chair!

Obviously for safety reasons, we discourage this precarious perch, 
and Isaac will humor my concerns, to a point,...

His idea of modifications,.....

I have mentioned before in this blog, Isaac is fearless?
Teaching safety is an ongoing endeavor, 
and we are making some progress.
Such as when Isaac will look up from his seat on the 
barely balanced chair,
and sign: 

That's when you look to see if the glass is half full or half empty.
Ours is full,...some progress is better than none. 

Such as:

Isaac with a contraband apple,
 he snuck out of the fridge late, very late one night,
when we were suppose to be going asleep.

Full or Empty?

Perspective is everything and at least Isaac picked a healthy snack. 


This week, I've had to use perspective while solving a mystery in our home:

Isaac's had a stuffy nose,
and I've been treating the symptoms with saline solution and vapor rub.
Needless to say, Isaac is not a fan of either.
Wednesday both items disappeared from my nightstand. 
We're talking GONE, 

I searched, but couldn't find them anywhere.
Now Isaac didn't look guilty, but he did look smug.
Only this Mama is not foiled that easily.
I had spares.

Yesterday (Thursday)
the spares disappear from the nightstand. 
We're talking disappeared into thin air. 

First time was cute,
you had to admire his problem solving skills. 

Second time, was not to be condoned. 
Head colds have to be treated,...sorry son. 

It took going into bloodhound mode, to find the items.
Let's get real, Isaac's only three
there are only so many places, he could have hidden them.
Finally I found the stash, he had stashed under the bed,
soooo cleverly I missed it first time around. 

The 'caught' look on Isaac's face when 
I walked into the living room with the items was PRICELESS.
(why oh, why didn't I have my camera???)

With the despised items in tow, Isaac and I had a little talk,
and he offered a sincere, "Sar." (sorry)

But I am not sure how much he understood,
and it's hard to understand, that he doesn't understand,
he's indisputably bright,
but that's what so bewildering about Autism. 
It is what it is,

and we will continue to help Isaac learn and grow,
and hopefully understand that rules are good:
they keep us and others:
safe and happy.


Never a dull moment with our Isaac
but most of time,
our glass is not half full,
it is over-flowing with blessings.

Such as a miracle with our insurance, 
which means Isaac won't be losing services,
needless to say
we're paying more, even a lot more in premiums,
but we were able to get into a plan that has a deductible
that only goes up a hundred dollars instead of thousands of dollars.
Thanks you LORD, thank you!

And Isaac is growing and learning,
 and getting into mischief,
but most three year olds do,
 and that's OK,
we're in for the long haul of teaching,
and correcting,
and directing,
and loving....

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Flying Fingers,...

Isaac is our little non-verbal chatterbox


The non-verbal classification for Isaac applies to his expressive challenges -
 example: should Isaac see a dog:
he can't yet say: "Look Mommy, there is a dog." - 
instead he'd point, sign and say "dog."

Verbal challenges notwithstanding 
Isaac has an extraordinary gift
communicating about his world
with all the resources 
within his little communication arsenal,
which includes sign language and means
quite often he has flying fingers,...

Expressing to Daddy how much fun he was having in the play place with all his little friends,...

And then we have to stop and count,...Isaac signs and says "One!"

                                              "Two"                                                                              "Three"

 Those fingers were flying faster than my camera's shuttle,...I caught up at "Six" 

And "Seven."

My camera missed the rest of the flying numbers,...but they went up to twenty,...
and then started Isaac's newest number fad:
counting from 10-to-100 by 10's

So much fun and so much good socialization,...

Only a bite of chicken nuggets could silenced our little chatterbox,...

And a 'dink',...

Love, love, love all this verbal progress Isaac is making,...
and I love that his sign language skills are keeping pace, because those visual cues 
are incredibly helpful with his Apraxia and Autism. 

Isaac is not going to be slowed down by sluggish motor processing,...
if he can't get it out verbally,...then he always has his flying fingers at his disposal. 

Signing has also been a social bonus,...who knew????
To date we have not had any negative responses to Isaac's verbal challenges, 
and thank you, thank you, thank you,
everyone who is so kind and understanding and patient with our little guy,...

Most people are utterly fascinated by Isaac's signing,...
they want to learn, and communicate with him,
and we are always happy to share what signs we know,
Even children are so accepting, 
that Isaac's signs,
at the play place the children playing with Isaac were thrilled to learn
how to sign: "FRIEND."

Obviously Isaac has yet a long journey to traverse to 
gain a complete degree of communication,
but we are so encouraged by his growing vocabulary
both verbal and sign,
his use of two or more words utterances - a big deal!
Use of pronouns - another big deal!
Questions, "What do?" - "What that?"
and my personal favorite: 
said and signed
"Love - you."

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!