My husband and I have been talking more and more of late about having just a fresh start in life. So many times we get down, by the things we should’ve done, didn’t do or should do better. Attitude has a lot to do with how we perceive things and our attitude can drastically change our perspective.
So my husband and I have decided to sit down over the next 52 weeks and make some changes in our life. Nothing that drastic, nothing so miraculous that it will change the world… but what it will do is change our lives and how we look and view life.
The 52 week challenge of 2020 will be as simple as this. Each week on a Tuesday I will post here on the blog, also on Instagram and Facebook what our challenges are that we have chosen to do for that up-and-coming week. Feel free to take on the same challenges as us or come up with your own. We may not always meet that challenge… and that’s OK. The whole point of this is to make a difference in our lives. It’s to make a better you. It’s just a start fresh and recharge in life.
At the end of 52 weeks… We can look back and honestly tell ourselves that we tried new things, we face challenges, we set out to make a difference. Again whether all of those challenges were met exactly to perfection or not is not the point. But at the end of 52 weeks the point is that we are two better people because of having tried.
Our challenge for each other this week is called the “take 5”. We have challenged each other for this week to come up with five things over the next year we want to learn that we have been putting off for years. Graeme and I each need to come up with five different things that we want to either learn or experience. You might think five things are too simple… but when you add that to a full plate already …those five things will be a challenge in itself.
Come follow us on our journey as we begin the 52 week challenge as well as trying out five new things in this up-and-coming year.
Comment below if you dare to take the 52 week challenge 2020. Let me know what some of your challenges might be or if you’re going to follow along with the challenges that we put in front of ourselves. I would love to hear from you!
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother￼￼￼￼￼￼
What an amazing night… What an amazing event! How many of you have someone with some type special needs and long for them to have a typical night like any other teenager could have such as a prom night? Tim Tebow foundation has created an event for people with special needs to have a prom like event for them to feel special for one night… and for them to “shine”!!!!
We were absolutely amazed at the organization, presentation, and variety of events put together in one evening. We arrived to find that girls were getting their hair, nails and make up done… while the boys were getting their shoes shined and their hair touched up. From there they went and met up with a buddy that they would have for the evening to keep them company. Then on to the horse and buggy carriage ride, and then to ride in a limousine! Once they departed from the limousine they were escorted to a red carpet where there were volunteers lined up on the carpet to root them on and cheer them on and take pictures. As our son said “I felt like a movie star”!!
Then they entered the gala… with white twinkling lights, beautiful tables decorated, a DJ, and I wonderful meal provided by Chick Fil A!
They could dance all night, they could be with their friends all night, they could feel as special as any other person ever felt on a prom night.
The final event… Would be to gather all the people with special needs and their buddies… They would be prayed over, and then everybody was crowned king and or queen of the prom with a beautiful crown or tiara.
No one was left behind and no one was left out during this beautiful moment. Everybody felt like they shined for this one special evening… our son came home feeling like he was worth something so special!!! This is one night he will never forget for the rest of his life!
Lynn A. C. Wilson– Resume of a Mother
Many people are misinformed and have a distorted view of Autism, disabilities, and what can be achieved! We have told our son he can do anything he wants… he might need to do it in a different way, but he can do it!
We are blessed here in New Jersey with several organizations that help people with disabilities and Autism. We have an organization called POAC, NJ Autism Warriors and organization that has come to New Jersey for this event in particular called “Walk on water”.
This day was created entirely for people with Autism and disabilities to have the freedom to feel the Atlantic Ocean surround them… to allow them to learn how to surf with a professional by their side… and to allow them to have the opportunity to know that they can do anything when they put their mind to it.
I have personally never surfed, but I have a few friends who have, and they said that there is nothing like riding a wave and the freedom it allows you to feel.
These kids were blessed one by one with riding the wave, winning an award, having a day set aside just for them and the list goes and on.
For one day they felt like they could be like everyone else. For one day they could feel proud. For one day they could feel like they were “all that”.
We were blessed to have such a special and awesome day for our family!!!
We had been invited for the past couple of years to go horseback riding with one of our Autism support groups. It always seemed to fall on a day that either I had to work or we had other events going on, and honestly I didn’t think much about it. For some reason this year I felt compelled to make a point of attending. I was absolutely amazed and blessed after we went to see how beneficial it was!
This particular horse ranch is designed to assist people with any sort of disability and will teach them how to ride a horse in a safe environment. The trainers are certified and definitely know how to handle children with Autism! Our son found peace, he found joy, and I watched him actually be able to relax and be calm like I had never seen before. If you know anything about Autism in children this is very unusual!
When we arrived they gathered all the kids together and then they had them pick out their helmets for protection, before they could ride a horse. They then divided them into two groups and each group needed to find a buddy. Our son was in the first group… We started on the other side of the barn, where he was able to learn how to care and feed a horse.
Gavin was able to brush a horse named Lady, he was able to feed a horse named Terminator, he was able to talk to a horse named Finn and it was amazing to watch him and Finn together. The horse just stood there ever so kind, as Gavin just continued to talk and talk and talk to the horse. I watched a gentle and loving side of Gavin come out as he was able to connect with this beautiful animal.
In addition to brushing the horses and feed them…the kids were able to get some great lessons on the care of a horse in general. They then brought them to the next room where they lined up to have the opportunity to ride a horse.
One by one they brought them in and saddled them up with a horse based on the size of the child and the size of a horse. Once they were on the horse, two of the trainers walked them around three times in a very large enclosed barn. Gavin was able to also ride a horse as he did a gallop around the barn, which was a real treat!
I saw a different spark in Gavin’s eyes… this day was a huge blessing to him and I can truly understand why these beautiful animals are therapeutic.
We will continue with horseback riding lessons in this next home school year and Gavin also would like to volunteer there one day a week as well. Looking forward to some new adventures!
Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
It was interesting to sit and watch the other night at a group of kids all of whom had Autism. I learned a very valuable lesson that night!
Let me back track a little for you to get the whole picture. Our youngest son has Autism and we belong to two different support groups. One group especially offers a wide variety of support for parents and lots of activities for the kiddos. This night happened to be a night for the kids, it was filled with fun, running around and freedom for them.
Freedom for them!….what I mean is that they could be who they were created to be. It was a time for them not to be judged, made fun of, no one was looking at them as if they were weird. They could speak their own language, wave their hands if they needed to, swing their legs and jump as high as they wanted. They are a unique group of people! They have uniqueness that are their own…..and yet they don’t judge each other and they seem to relate to each other on a higher level. They are like minded and understand each other. Most of them have never even met before, and yet they can get along as if they were best friends forever.
What a lesson for me to learn! Here I live in the ‘average” world without Autism. My friends and acquaintances are “average” people. And yet we seem to judge, talk about each other, and we are not like minded. If we enter a room with people we haven’t met before ….we tend to look at our phones or just down right ignore each other. Oh if we could only have the mind of someone who is Autistic….and let loose and be free! Be free to say hello to a stranger, be free to play with someone we met for the first time, be free to jump as high as we wanted to and swing around in circles if we felt like it.
I am so glad that we have a place that allows our son to be free! A place for us to be with other parents who we can relate to! A place for him to be able to feel like and where he can say…..“I can just be me”. God has given him a uniqueness called Autism…he is not strange or weird just different.
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
It is a snowy, cold yucky day here where I live today! As I sit here at work they just declared a state of emergency due to the weather. That leaves you with a dismal feeling inside and as I look outside …it is so gray and sad-looking.
As I sat at my desk….knowing that most of my co-workers will not be in today I decided to think spring!!! Just as I was thinking spring my friend from down the hall gave me a gift. She had gone to the flower show the other day and picked up a little gift for me. “Think Spring”…was all wrapped up in this gift. What a beautiful pen but most of all a beautiful thought!
“RAK” would need to be this person’s middle name. “Random Act of Kindness”….describes her to a “T”. This friend never stops giving to others….there is not a day that goes that she isn’t thinking of someone who needs a gift, a card, a kind word or something else. She is a real example to me of what we should all be doing. She thinks of others all the time.
This is a simple message to all of us to stop and think of someone else today and to do a “RAK” for someone. Who can you do something for today? Leave a note in the comments below with your experience of an RAK that was done for you or one that you did for someone else!
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
Here it is another Sunday and some of us have spent the morning in some type of church service. What did you do this Sunday Morning? Do you spend it in church….if so did you ever ask yourself why? Why do I do this…is it tradition, or something that you are just supposed to do?
I was brought up going to church most Sunday’s when I was young. Then later I watched my parents, as I was approaching my teen years make a bigger commitment to church. Something gripped their hearts and I could see a life change in them.
We would go as a family to every event. My parents would make sure that each of us girls had a job to do and made us feel part of what they did. We never felt like we were going with them to the event or service but that we were actually part of it!
When I was very young, I accepted Jesus into my heart and I knew that it was real. As I grew older and began to serve with my parents….my desire grew for the things of the Lord too.
Why do Church? Why do Faith? …I am not sure why you do what you do but for me it is truth and real. I know that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I know what I do will matter for eternity. I am far from perfect and there are days I could hang my head in shame for the way I have acted. But I know that a heart to heart talk with Jesus and a confession of the soul will make all things good again.
I now am privileged to serve alongside of my husband, married son and daughter –in-law and younger son too. We all serve in different ways…some youth, some to teens, men’s groups, women’s group, in the kitchen, community work and more. We support each other in the work being done whether we are involved that day or not.
We raised our kids the same way our parents raised us. By showing by example and teaching them our faith. In the end it was still their choice to make. They all needed to make it a personal decision and not based on what we did or think.
I hope that you too know the Lord….if not why not pray to Him today. Read John 3:16!
Have a wonderful day today and know that Jesus Loves you!
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother
What does this mean to you? Minimalism comes to my mind. So many of the younger generation are going this way. Many of them have watched their grandparents and parents collect things over the years so they now have taken up with the new trend of “less” is better.
I do find that the old saying…“less is more”, can be true! But what is less? I have watched some “extreme” shows, where they will have a beautiful “large” house and only have a mattress on the floor, 1 dish, 1 cup, 1 fork…you get the picture and they seem truly seem happy. This is not the life that I want.
I have a friend who LOVES to collect things…did I say loves it. She collects any and everything that you could imagine. She has now gone through her collection and resized it. To most people…you would still say that she has a lot of “stuff” but to her …she has simplified her life in her own way with her collections and she is a happy girl.
In my life…which is full of special needs and most days cioas….I need “my” type of simple. Let me explain. My husband has Epilepsy and my youngest son as Autism…..for me this changes my life on a daily basis. I have always enjoyed a full schedule of events, lots of involvement in family, work, church and life in general. I like lots of hobbies, things, stuff, and decor in my home etc…I like to enjoy life as I see it….but then life doesn’t alway fit what I like!!!
Recently in my home….I have had to simplify things. Less stuff, less things and to be more practical and less nostalgic. This has been very hard for me but as I get into it …it does becoming easier. I need to create a very practical world for my two men. I need to label where things go in the refrigerator and label whose jacket goes where etc… And yet find a way to make my home still seem special and pretty to me and our guests we invite over.
Recently with my schedule….I have had to simplify that too. How do you take a girl who LOVES a full schedule and adapt it to “SIMPLE” one…so that I meet the needs of my family as well as myself. I have and am still learning how to balance life ….I really don’t know how to explain that in words with exactly I am doing. I probably need to do a VLOG on a day in the life of me.
This might not be “minimalism” to some, but for me I need to carry a planner, snacks, change of cloths, meds, water, essential oils, band aids etc… in many different bags. I have a travel bag, pocketbook, workbag, church bag etc…each one is filled with what I would need for that event and the extras for that “just in case I need it” moment. This works for me….my car is full of bags stuffed with stuff. But all this stuff to me equals an organized, simplified and simple way of living. To me my life is now not full of stressful moments and I don’t have to think as much when life takes over and craziness begins. If you have anyone in your family with special needs you would understand. We never quite know what’s going to happen at a given moment and having these extras with us at all times and organized in designated bags for that particular event definitely helps.
Simple is defined by YOU and only you. We should not jump on a trend just because!!! Yes, we should evaluate our lives and simplify them… but this does not mean throw everything out that you own, and live in a sleeping bag.
God has given and blessed our family many times over with things and not necessarily money…I need to use what I have, simplify what I buy and sometimes bless others with my overflow.
Remember to enjoy life and where life has you. I know that this is a unique way of looking a “simple life” but it is the way I do it. How do you do it..leave a comment below.
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother