March 27, 2016

Autism Fundraiser: Pieces of Hope 2016

When Brandon was first diagnosed with autism, we weren't exactly sure where to start.  We had done some research, but the conflicting information is overwhelming.  Thankfully, we had Autism Tennessee to help light the way for us.  We went to several workshops that helped us navigate this brand new world.

On April 23rd, Autism Tennessee is having their annual fundraiser.  It's going to be a fun-filled evening with cocktails, dinner, and a live and silent auction!  Click here for additional information.

Can't make the event, but want to contribute?  Click here to buy a raffle ticket!  They are $25, and if you win you get to choose one of these three items.  You do not need to be present to win!
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Ocean View room 5-night cruise
  • Whistler Ski Getaway 3 night stay, lift tickets, airfare included
  • Wrigley Rooftop Experience- Bleacher seats & dining at a Cubs game, 3 night stay, airfare included

Hope to see you there!

March 26, 2016

What We Need in a Church

My husband and I have called our church home for a couple years now.  This last month, Brandon was having a very difficult time. He became aggressive - biting, hitting, and having terrible meltdown. Although his aggression was only directed toward adults, we didn't feel comfortable bringing him to church, so we missed three weekends. 

During this time we started to wonder if we needed to find a church closer to home.  We travel a little over 30 minutes to our church every Sunday. The travel would be easier on Brandon, but we also wish we could build more of a church community feeling with people in our community of our town.  We feel like we're missing that connection.

We watched a couple church services in our town, but were quickly reminded that our current church is the church for us. Brandon settled down, and we came back last Sunday.  We were greeted by Brandon's adult buddy, who said she had really missed Brandon. We explained why we had missed a few weeks and she lovingly told us to always bring him - to never feel like we couldn't. She said could walk around and play with him and she knew he would be fine. We are very grateful to her and the other people who serve at the 9 a.m. service. 

Going back to February before we missed, Brandon went nuts over these red heart pillows they had. Often, Brandon becomes fixated on non-toy items such as a shoelace, a plastic bag, or my favorite...the vacuum hose. So, it was cool to see him excited about something the rest of the kids were as well. When we came last weekend, they had ordered one for him as a gift. I know that the timing of this was a sign from God that we do have a church family, and we are loved and supported by the people there.

The church is all about the people.

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Luke 10:27

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