But...........this is something we shouldn't be aware of just in the month of April. Many families, thousands of them, are aware of autism every day! I'm aware of it as I watch my son struggle with his vocabulary each day, as I see my son strive to break free from the world that I don't quite know how to break through to, in the small AND the big things that happen every day with Zach, as we celebrate in each little victory that Zach overcomes......each day, I'm keenly aware of autism. It is part of life for us.
I love my little Zachy-boy to pieces. He is the sunshine of my life, the light that brightens my days, the hero that I look up to. He never ceases to amaze me......he's an absolutely brilliant little man and I see so much curiosity, knowledge, kindness, intelligence and so much more in this little package of boy that he is. He has made me VERY aware of the silent and sometimes not so silent struggles that other people go through on a daily basis. He has taught me compassion and understanding in ways that I never would have learned if it weren't for his autism.
If you're new to my blog, or even if you've been reading for a while now, I wanted to remind you all of the wonderful opportunity that you can all take part in to help make a difference in the lives of those that deal with autism on a daily basis.
GinaK created and amazing stamp set, called Love You to Pieces. This set was created to promote Autism Awareness, but also to raise money for a fantastic organization that brings hope to those with autism: Autism Speaks
$8.00 from each set purchased goes directly to Autism Speaks. What an awesome cause to support and what a generous amount from each set sold! If you haven't gotten a chance to check out the totals yet of how many sets have been sold and how much we've raised for Autism Speaks, you'll be AMAZED! Click here ---> A Day in the Life to see a fantastic tutorial and also to see the totals right below the tutorial.
The card you see at the top of this post is a card that I created using this VERY versatile set. It was featured last week on Sarah Moore's blog when we swapped with each other as Guest Artist's on each other's blogs. Click here to check out the supply list and the interview that Sarah did with me ---> Guest Artist - Erika Martin
I leave you with this quote tonight:
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can
sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
May your life be as beautiful and blessed as I consider mine to be!
-Erika (Stampin' Mama)