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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Autism Awareness Blog Hop!



Welcome to the Autism Awareness Blog Hop! We are so glad you are joining us!!


Today, on the 4th Annual World Autism Awareness Day, we are joining prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — who will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day. Light it up Blue is aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities. So help us, LIGHT it up BLUE this month!


You should have come here from Michelle at Chele Mom , if not feel free to start at the beginning of the hop here.


As most of you know, my two oldest sons are on complete ends of the spectrum. My oldest son Jacob, has Asperger’s. He can talk and communicate, but he still has a hard time understanding and putting thoughts together. Every day he is making progress though! My youngest son, Bradley, is on the low functioning end. He rarely has eye contact, doesn’t speak and is still in diapers. He is the sweetest little boy you will ever meet though. He has this sort of innocence to him. If there is one thing that I am thankful for is the fact that he doesn’t know all the bad that is out there! He loves to smile and he LOVES music, which is how he communicates. He can bust out with Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry! I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to hear the diagnosis, but believe me, it’s been a blessing. I have learned NOT to take anything for granted. Every small word, eye contact is just music to my ears. Jacob can now chat your ear off, but I never let it bother me because there was a time in his life that I just prayed that he would say ONE WORD! Now he’s been blessed with a whole vocabulary and I know that God will do the same for Brad!

For my first project I decided to make an 8x8 layout of my two boys. I used the puzzle pieces from Cursive 101 and spelled out the word AUTISM from the Storybook cart. I chose to use pics of my boys at the park playing to make a point. They look NORMAL but you just never know when a child could be affected. So before you judge the parent for a temper tantrum the child might be throwing, etc, just think of what COULD possibly be wrong. What might look like a temper tantrum to you, is most likely SENSORY OVERLOAD on my son.





And for my second project that I chose to make, I decided to use my Disney Classics cart and cut out one of Jacob’s favorite characters, Pinocchio. I used Pink Cricut’s NOBODY NOSE ME LIKE YOU because I felt this type of card is perfect for a child affected by this. As a parent, I feel like I’m the only one who truly knows my child and that includes what therapies I believe they should be doing, etc. This would be perfect to give to someone who might need encouragement and to show that they know what is best for their own child.


GIVEAWAY! For my own giveaway, I am giving a set of brand new Peachy Keen Stamps- WIDE EYED KIDS SET assortment! All you have to do is A)be a follower and B)leave me a comment on this post! You'll absolutely LOVE this set! I have my own and I can't wait to show case it, it's fabulous!!



That’s it! THANK YOU SO MUCH for joining us today! I hope I didn’t sound too preachy, it’s just that this is such an important topic in my life and I’m very passionate about it! If you have any questions, please let me know! I am by no ways a doctor, but I have had plenty of hours of testing and therapy appointments to at least give you references in case you are facing this in your own life. And remember, autism is NOT the end of the world. Some of the most genius people in history had some form of autism. Who knows, maybe one day one of the children on this hop will help find a cure for an incurable disease! Next up- Marianne over at paperorfabric.blogspot.com (I'm SO sorry...for some reason my links aren't working!) She does some fabulous jewelry and has a great blog! :)

186 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing and you definitely do not sound too preachy. Both of your projects are wonderful.

    Georgiana
    coachfans at cox dot net

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  2. love your projects....they are amazing

    I am always amazed by those parents with autistic children. Such strength that they show outwardly, yet inside they are being torn apart by a disease process that we can't fully understand. Bless you for your support of Autism awareness.

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  3. Very nice project in honor of the Autism Awareness you did a great job on both tfs

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  4. Great blog hop for a cause!! Love your lo and card! joydee1963@yahoo.com

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  5. Not "preachy" at all! They are your children, your heart and they are blessed to have a mom who fights for them every step of the way! Love the layout and your card is fabulous! That set of Sarah's stamps are on their way to my house as I type this! LOVE the 'wooden' background paper, clever!

    Melissa
    www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

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  6. Love your blog!! new follower. I love this hop! your page is beautiful with your son going down the slide!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your story. At times, when things get really tough, my mother reminds me that God knew just the right mother for my son and chose me to do this special job. Reading your post, I can tell that God knew just what he was doing when he blessed you with your boys.
    Your projects are wonderful. I especially appreciate the reasoning behind the Pinocchio card. I tell my son's providers that I am the expert in Peter (my son)!
    I just became a follower. It's comforting to connect with others on a similar journey. Blessings to you!

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  8. I love your LO, and card, thanks for sharing a little of your story. My 16 yr old Step Son is autistic. So I am always researching info to understand him better. I cam in his life when he was 9, so I have had to do a lot of research to help me better understand what he is going through. He is one amazing teen.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win some awesome stamps.
    Hugs,
    Melissa D
    mkds312@hotmail.com
    www.sleeplesswonder.blogspot.com

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  9. I am overwhelmed by the number of people whom have children with Autism, my dear friends son is on the low functioning end and I know she feel so isolated at times, the card is soo true!

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  10. Love your projects! Thanks so much for sharing your story!

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  11. I understand how important communication is. I work with children with autism, and I remember the day a child finally 'told' me he needed to use the washroom by pointing to the image of a toilet. I was so excited, it was his very first communication at 6 years old.
    Mary
    chick 256 at g mail dot com

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  12. Thank you for sharing your story and your projects. I am now following you as well.
    ahaynes43055@yahoo.com

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  13. Thanks for sharing your story. I understand a little of what your daily life is like since I have autistic nephew. God bless you with strength, joy, self control and patience! I became a new follower.
    Esigmon at cox dot net

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  14. The card and the layout are both great...thanks for sharing them, and making others aware of autism.
    http://kathyskraftsandmore.blogspot.com/
    kgprevost(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  15. Alma, thank you for sharing this info. You are a wonderful mom and a strong woman! Just keep doing what you're doing...YOU ROCK!

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  16. Oh my, this blog hop has been such a blessing to me.Mothers like you are truly an inspiration and I know that God will truly bless your family even more.
    Hugs, Anita

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  17. Alma, so nice to "meet" you! I was invited by the fabulous Marianne to this hop.
    Your boys are soooooo very precious!!!
    I love your layout and your Pinocchio Card!!
    Great work and your boys are so lucky to have a wonderful mother like you!
    How wonderful to do this awareness!!

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  18. Thanks so much for this blog hop...and for bringing awareness. your boys are too cute.. love your layout and especially the Pinocchio card...
    Minta

    mintab@gmail.com
    http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing.You are a true inspiration. I have a 5 year old grandson with autism He is high functioning but often a challenge for his parents. He is a twin and his twin is "normal." This creates it's own set of challenges. Thank you for all that you do to help raise awareness. And I send a great big hug to both your absolutely amazing boys.

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  20. Sometimes the "invisible" handicaps are the hardest to deal with. My son has severe learning disabilities and it was hard to explain to people why he couldn't do some things because he looked "normal". Hugs to you and your sons!

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  21. such a wonderful layout... Love your card as well... thank you so much for sharing.

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  22. Not preachy at all. Your layout and card are both wonderful!

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  23. Beautiful layout and card! If you come off as preachy, I say... PREACH ON! It is great that you are able to be open on your blog about living with Autism/ASD boys. Thank you for sharing your story.

    I am honored to be a part of this wonderful hop with you.

    Marianne S.
    sthquilter at gmail dot com
    www.paperorfabric.blogspot.com

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  24. Great layout!
    Thank you for sharing a piece of you life with so many with this blog, and how God has played a huge role in your life and how you and your family have overcome many challenges with HIS grace.

    April
    acmusn2003 at yahoo dot com

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  25. Cute card and layout. I have a nephew with autism, he is extremely talented, I so admire my brother and his wife. God bless your family.
    Cherylann (prinkles)
    prinkles@woh.rr.com

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  26. Great card and layout. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. This blog hop has been great! I love that is raises awareness in such a positive way! Your projects turned out great...especially love the card! TFS!
    sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

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  28. What beautiful cards for a great cause!

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  29. Alma - That layout is fantastic. Thank you for your reminder that we may not know what is going on when a kid breaks down - no judging just show compassion. hugs my friend!

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  30. Thank you for sharing a bit of your personal struggle with autism and for making us more aware of this important cause! You have your hands full but know that God holds you in his hands.

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  31. Thank you so much for this awareness blog hop. Your layout and cards are fabulous. My 5 year old nephew has autism and it truly is a puzzling disease.

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  32. Thanks for sharing your story and for helping bring awareness to this frightening increase of autism. Your sons are both blessed to have you as their mother. Someone who can love each of them in different ways that work for them. God Bless you and your family.

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  33. What a great way to bring attention to Autism. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  34. Thank you for sharing your project, but most of all thanks for sharing a piece of your life story with us. Wonderful cause.

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  35. Such a beautiful layout and card. Thanks for sharing your story. I have a son with Asperger's. He is a very sweet boy. Thanks for helping to spread the word on Autism.

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  36. So glad I discovered your blog... Not at all preachy... but informative, and touching. Thank you so much for your inspiration! (and I have to admit I would be pretty inspired by those Peachy Keen stamps, too!!!!)

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  37. thanks for sharing. your projects are great. bless you and your family.

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  38. Thank you so much for sharing your story and projects.

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  39. Thanks for sharing your story. I know a family with an autistic son, and believe me, they are an inspiration to me.
    mrs_to_you@yahoo.com

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  40. Love your blog. Now a follower! Cute cards.

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  41. Thanks for being part of a very important hop and you are the best!! Very informitive and Go Blue!!!!!

    http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com
    Rexann

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  42. Great Cause, really nice card and layout, This would be great to win, but the awareness itself is a gift
    Thanks for sharing
    http://www.dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  43. Thanks for sharing about a very important cause - your layout is beautiful!

    rissaflor@yahoo.com

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  44. So glad you guys are spreading the word. I have a high functioning teen so I know the struggles that we go through. Our kiddos are a blessing and I’m so glad awareness is being created out there.

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  45. Thanks for joining in the hop! You are not alone and I simply love your layout! Hugs!
    Elizabeth

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  46. Oh Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This touches my heart. Our 6 year old grandson has Aspergers we just found out about three months ago. We have known for about 4 years that there was something wrong but his mother didn’t want to find out. But she went to a family reunion and her sister is a nurse and she took her aside and told her it wasn’t her fault. BUT we must help Jacob so get him tested. They did and this boy is so loving and gentle and carring, a differentic from day and night. He is very loving and doesn’t act out anymore. He still don’t like changes, large group of people in one place. Everything has it place and we don’t change that. This is a cause close to my heart.

    Thank you so much Sarah for another chance to win. This win would be for Jacob.

    Sincerely

    Donna Scrapp’n Nana
    nana2beof5@gmail.com
    http://scrappnana.blogspot.com/
    http://www.mycmsite.com/dmdegraw want to look,I would love you too.

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  47. I am really glad for this hop so people understand more

    Tristan
    http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/

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  48. Great card and layout. Thanks for helping spread the word about Autism!

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  49. Thank you for helping to spread the word about autism. It affects all of us in one way or another!

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  50. Thank you for sharing your story, love the layout and card!

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  51. Thanks for using your blog to help raise awareness for Autism. Your card and layout are really cute too!
    saubuchon@centurytel.net

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  52. thanks for sharing, your boys sound like sweethearts.Wonderful card and layout.
    3620mn@gmail.com

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing with us about your family-- I really appreciate the thought about re-considering before judging about what might be a temper tantrum-- thank you!

    Beautiful projects too!
    Sarah

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  54. Thanks for your comments on autism I'll be more sympathetic to it in future.

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  55. Thanks for sharing your life, great layout and I love Pinocchio !!

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  56. would love the stamp set...i've seen those used many times and they are adorable! I love your Pinocchio - so cute! thanks for sharing about autism, it helps to be educated.

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  57. Love the layout and card!

    samanthascricutcreations.blogspot.com
    samanthascricurcreations@live.com

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  58. This is a wonderful post! Bless your whole family. Autism is such an interesting disorder- I bet you learn something about yourself everyday!

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  59. THANK YOU FOR HELPING SPREAD THE AWARENESS OF AUTISM,IT IS SO NEEDED.

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  60. I love your projects Alma. I am so glad you "preached" (no I don't think you were too preachy). I have a 9 yo nephew who was diagnosed 2 years ago. He sounds like you youngest. He was a preemie and everyone thought he was just slow because of that but then they diagnosed him and it was difficult to accept because I thought most autistic children "rocked" or did something like that. He is more of the no eye contact like your Brad. He looks and acts about 5 with a vocab of about a 5 yo. He can be very sweet and loving but it takes him a long time to warm up to you, even people he knows but doesn't see often. I am still not fully educated about it and I am loving this hop with all of the links about autism. Thanks so much for sharing.

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  61. thank you for sharing and for helping to raise awareness!
    love peachy keen stamps! thanks for the chance to win... ladydevine73@hotmail.com

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  62. Great cards for an awesome cause, you guys rock for having this great hop to raise awareness. I could not believe the numbers that 1 in 100 kids are affected that is a very high number!!
    Great Hop and Happy Crafting!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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  63. Thanks for sharing a little of your life with us! Love your Pinocchio card ~ so cute!

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  64. Once I found a tissue, I was ready to reply to your post. I can just HEAR the love you have for your sons. My son Tommy passed when he was 3, and I would give anything to have him back in my arms in any form. Thank you for sharing.
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  65. Beautiful projects and beautiful children! Thank you for sharing a little about yourself and for the wonderful blog hop! ~lori

    gallionlori at gmail dot com

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  66. Love the layout and card! Thanks for sharing your family with us and for caring so much for your kids :-)

    calbekah at aol dot com

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  67. Love your projects Alma, and thank you for sharing your story with us.

    scrapperbecka at yahoo dot com

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  68. I love your layout.... but I'm really loving Pinnochio, and that sentiment is perfect!

    I absolutely do not think you sound preachy... I loved reading what you had to say! I love seeing parents like you & others along this hop that doesn't give up & fights for the children, even though they might have a harder time!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com
    zloe.blogspot.com

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  69. What a wonderful mother you are, some would be bitter and resentful. I have seen that type in our Out patient mental health office. Your children are as lucky to have you for a mom as you are to have them in your life. Loved your projects. TFS
    Debbie
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

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  70. Wonderful, fun creations!

    May you and your family find new reasons to laugh and giggle and smile every day!

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  71. Both of your projects are awesome! Your boys are lucky to have you as their mother.

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  72. What a great job on your projects and thank you for bringing awareness to this important topic!
    Teresa
    happiqueen at aol dot com

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  73. Wonderful projects & it is so inspiring that you are so positive! I love that you see your son's innocence as such a blessing. Thanks for the awareness.

    Such cute stamps! I know they would go perfectly with the Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge!

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  74. What a touching tribute to your sons. My son is considered "lower" functioning, but he is our gift, our pride and joy. I love the projects you created. Thank you for spreading the word!

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  75. Beautiful projects and beautiful boys! Thanks for sharing and helping to bring more awareness for our precious children!

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  76. I am so glad to be participating in this blog today. Tonight my husband and I are going to a fundraiser for autism Now I can go wtih a lot more knowledge. Your sons look so loving and content in the picture.
    katieoscreation@gmail.com

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  77. I love that layout and the disney card is adorable.

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  78. Love the layout and especially the sentiment on your card!!!! I pray for understanding and strength for the parents of autistic children!! and God Bless the Child!!!

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  79. Thanks for sharing your story and your awesome projects! I especially like the Pinocchio card. Thanks for the chance to win!

    karenskapin at yahoo dot com

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  80. Your layout and card are simply amazing!

    Thank you for sharing your story about autism and spreading the word through this blog hop. I didn't know much about autism and how many children are impacted by it until a few days ago. The more we become aware, the sooner we can find the causes, and develop a cure.

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  81. I love your layout and card. Thank you for spreading the word about autism. My sons have the duplication that most autistic children have. They don't have autism per say but they do have global delays. It takes a special mom to raise such a blessing of a child. :)

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  82. Both of your projects are wonderful. Thank you for sharing your story of your boys. You have an amazing way of lighting up the lives of others around you with your gentleness and goodwill.

    Many blessings, Donna
    grandma4five

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  83. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Whenever I am out and see a child misbehaving I try to remember that I don't know the whole story. I sometimes will say something to the parent like "Oh gosh I feel like crying today too. Everything will be ok."

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  84. Alma, you did an amazing job talking about autism! From one parent of a child with autism to another. I really enjoyed this post! *big hugs to you!*
    Kimberly
    usafwifey20 at yahoo dot com

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  85. Amazing scrapbook page and card. I also like how you explained what it was like to have a child on both ends. Thank you for sharing.


    brittmartin1288@yahoo.com

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  86. Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects, and some of your story. You do not sound "preachy" and it's good to be made aware of things others are going through. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, too.
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

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  87. What a cute LO and card and I am so glad you shared a piece of your life with us and thanks for bringing Autism Awareness to us and your passion for people to know. :)
    Also became a follower! :)
    purplefuzz06@yahoo.com

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  88. Thanks for sharing your story!!!!Love the layout
    sierrababy08 dot blogspot dot com

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  89. Thanks for the wonderful project and card. And for all the info... personal life stories makes it real for us who don't have any contact with someone with autism. Thank you for sharing.
    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  90. Love the card and the saying is wonderful-thanks f or opening up your life to help the rest of us understand thanks
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  91. Your projects are beautiful! I thank you for sharing about your life. New follower also.

    dobiemom09 at gmail dot com

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  92. Wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing your story. I'm a new follower.
    sandyford77 at sbcglobal dot net

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  93. Thank you so much for sharing! There are so many different forms of Autism, and I don't think that everyone knows that. You have a heart of gold for what you have gone through, and I am sure you are a very strong woman. I have had the chance to have some autistic children come into my life, and they will forever share a spot in my heart, they are truly amazing children, and have taught me several things about life. You scrapbook page and card are both amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    cherie.goyer at gmail.com
    http://oneheartscrapper.blogspot.com

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  94. Alma love your projects and your comments on autism. My friend's son has autism and he is an amazing little boy. Hugs

    http://scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  95. Your projects are amazing!! You sound like a very courageous and loving mom! Thanks for sharing your beautiful page and card!!
    brandy

    brandyj1121 @ hotmail dot com

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  96. This is a GREAT cause!! Keep up the good work on getting the word out! Every little bit helps!!! Also thank you for the chance of winning a FAB giftie!!!! God Bless!! ChelleBelle aka kweenbee_612@yahoo.com

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  97. Very wonderful project in honor of the Autism Awareness you did a great job tfs.

    lindascraftcorner@yahoo.com
    http://lindascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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  98. A good friend of mine has Asperger's and it really bothers me how others don't understand him or "tolerate" him! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  99. Great projects and thanks for sharing and bringing Autism into the light. Your children are blessed to have you as a mom. May your family receive and extra blessing today. Our families are precious. tdharris1@cox.net

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  100. Want to Thank you for helping raise awareness about Autism. My nephew and his wife have two precious little boys with Autism. They are Awesome parents. I would love to win your P.K. Stamps. My 4 year old grand daughter wants me to make her some paper dolls. These would be perfect. Thanks for the chance. I'm a follower. :0)
    cindymarshall63@hotmail.com

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  101. What a great cause and an awesome layout/card. As a teacher, I work with autistic kids and is wonderful to raise awareness to these children. :)
    -Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  102. You sound like such a special mommy to two super sweet special little darling boys. Love your projects. Just adorable.
    God bless.
    I am a new follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  103. Love your layout and card. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.
    cstephenson at q dot com

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  104. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

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  105. Thank you for sharing your story. You are an amazingly strong and positive person! I love that! Your projects turned out perfect for this hop. Thank you for the giveaway too!

    XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
    http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

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  106. Awesome projects. Thanks for sharing

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  107. Your projects are awesome!!! Your story is heartwarming!!! You look on the positive side, I love that!! And not preachy at all!! Thanks for the chance to win
    reissfam10 at aol dot com

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  108. LOVE your projects!! I do understand looking forward to our kids saying simple words. My little man is 3 and has Apraxia. I am still looking forward to him saying " I Love You MAMA" We are blessed with innocent lil ones who one day, will chat our ears off.. a day I know I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO!!!

    hugs,
    Tanya
    freddylswillima@windstream.net

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  109. Thanks for sharing about your sons, it is inspiring. I love both of your projects. Thanks again..

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  110. Thanks for sharing your amazing story, as well as, your wonderful projects. Love your layout. It just shows so much. I am a follower and thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  111. love your fabulous projects! thanks for sharing in this great cause and for your wonderful giveaway.
    craftychick99 at yahoo dot com

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  112. thanks for the encouragement to us other moms. I have a son w/ special needs too and it is the simple milestones that make all the other challenges worth wild
    -audiogirl333@yahool.com

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  113. Loved your comments and your LO and card.

    Janette P
    platts2011@hotmail.com

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  114. Love your projects! you don't sound too preachy! I'm sure I would feel the same way if I had an autistic child..TFS! and thanks for the chance to win such awesome blog candy
    nanapuddin at wildblue dot net

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  115. Thanks for spreading the word about autism. My 34yo cousin is low-functioning autistic,and you're right - it's not something you outgrow. Years ago, we didn't know much about autism and I'm glad that awareness has spread. Good luck to you and your family. I'm so glad that early intervention has made a difference in your lives.

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  116. Two wonderful projects!! Thanks for sharing you story with us. You didn't sound 'preachy' - you are a passionate, caring, supportive mother who loves her boys!! The bloghop has been awesome in raising awareness of autism. I'm a new follower and just love you blogcandy!
    Kim
    tandkparker at comcast dot net

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  117. Wow! Thank you for opening my eyes a little more! I LOVE this Hop. I'm not directly affected by autism, but loved your comment "So before you judge the parent for a temper tantrum the child might be throwing, etc, just think of what COULD possibly be wrong. Again thank you for sharing!

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  118. Thank you for sharing your story with your followers. I appreciate your honesty (not at all preachy) in telling people one of the best reasons they shouldn't judge anyone.

    Your layout is beautiful.

    Kristin
    ksully4597 at gmail dot com

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  119. thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sharing your experience and advice Alma!! :) I love the Pinocchio card and the layout--and your boys are lucky to have such an awesome mom!

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  120. Awesome Job...yes...Nobody Nose our kids as well as we do!

    Always
    Unique
    Totally
    Interesting
    Sometimes
    Mysterious...yes this describes my kid!

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  121. Love both of your projects. Your boys are beautiful. You are an amazing woman and your boys are lucky to have you for a mom. God Bless You!

    barbara614@insightbb.com

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  122. Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us, I hope that one day more people can gain a better understanding of what Autism is... I love your LO and they both are adorable little boys! Thank you again!
    Lisa
    summer_sunset54@hotmail.com

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  123. thank you for being part of the Autism blog hop. Wonderful idea. Great project.

    Smiles Sher

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  124. What a wonderful LO. I can see you love your sons more than anything.

    TFS,
    Erin
    spantastikreations@yahoo.com

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  125. Fantastic LO and card! Thank you for sharing your personal experience and for helping to educate others about Autism. Your boys are beautiful and are so lucky to have such a dedicated and loving mother!!! Our prayers are with you and your boys. God Bless... AJ
    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

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  126. I myself have a daughter with autism PPD-NOS and by catching the no talking after 9 months and going thru a speech therapist and getting into a early intervention program at 1 1/2 years old, and continuing at a local school when she turned 3 and omg ...early intervention WORKS!!!!! if you suspect anything is wrong please call your pediatrician to start the steps..it takes a while to get started but my little girl now will be 4 in Sept ..is talking up a storm, just got potty trained and making so much progress..she now knows her alphabet and can count to like 17..I thank God everyday that I noticed the stacking, spinning in circles, temperament changes, and non talking to get her help. sorry to ramble but I hope someone who know someone with a child like this...catching early is the KEY!!!

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  127. What awesome projects TFS I am follower of your blog as well. thanks for the chance to win your awesome blog candy.
    tracy
    NYGIRL1994 at yahoo dot com

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  128. Wonderful projects. You have given me some great ideas to do for pics of my son who has autism.
    Thanks for the chance at your candy! I am now a follower and look forward to seeing your work!

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  129. Nobody NOSE you like me says it all. I love that! If only others could mind their own business and not judge. Thank you for sharing your personal story. You sound like a wonderful mother. God Bless you and your family.
    Cindy- Madison's mom- funkycards.blogspot.com
    - Your projects are beautiful!

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  130. How lucky your children are to have you as a mom. Mom is a difficult job...........mom with two autistic children is a "Wonder woman". Great project. I really admire the strength of all of you moms....you all are incredible! TY for sharing your story and spreading the word!
    Kathie
    kathlee154atgmaildotcom
    http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

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  131. Thank you for sharing. You sound like a wonderful mother and your sons are very lucky to have you (as you are to have them). Love both of your projects.--Ryansmaama
    gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

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  132. Love both of your projects! I you werent at all preachy!!! Just giving information out andhewllping us to understand! smiles...I do the same thing with my hubby...he has muscular dystrophy.

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  133. Your page and card are adorable. I love the idea behind both. And you made great points with all of the things you said. I know for a fact that I have been one of the people watching a parent deal with a "temper tantrum" and thinking.. what did they tell the kid they couldnt have.. or why cant they get their kid under control? Of course this was before I had a child of my own and now i understand its just not easy to keep them under control no matter what.. but you point really made me think.. you never really do know whats going on with someone I always try to think the best but I know I dont always do that. I love that you are so open about it and that you dont try to hide it or make excusses or anything like that.. and I think that is what makes a parent a great parent! :) thank you so much for sharing your story! Have a great day.
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  134. What a beautiful layout and card. And thank you for sharing the information about your boys. I'm glad to hear how special they are :)

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  135. Thank you for sharing your story. I am truly inspired by your strength, love and compassion.
    Kerry

    mommakcrafts.blogspot.com

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  136. Thank you for saying out loud (or writing for everyone to see) that people shouldn't judge any parent when a child appears to be out of control. Your layout and your card are beautiful.

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  137. cute cards!! thank you for sharing your story. As a special education teacher I am fully aware how hard it is for parents to hear that their child has Autism. Its a big challenge for the parents, child and teacher!
    Thanks for bringing the awareness out!

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  138. My heart goes out to families like yours. You are so brave and strong to share with the rest of us what it must be like to have such a special family :)

    Your Pinocchio card is awesome too!

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  139. Thanks for sharing your story, my son also has Autism. It's encouraging to see a hop to improve awareness. It's so important.

    Missynjohnson@yahoo.com

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  140. Thanks for shining a light on Autism & sharing your story. Wonderful layout & very cute card! TFS
    suella11@yahoo.com
    Love your blog, just love the pink & black, have the same one!

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  141. Your projects are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your story. Awareness is so important!! My DH Coaches Special Olympics and has many young adults on the spectrum. We are parents to a Special Needs daughter with Down Syndrome.

    Thanks for this blog hop you all put together!!

    jmahugger at yahoo dot com

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  142. Jacob & Brad have a wonderful mommy! I found your words to be so heartwarming, thank you for sharing them with us! Truly inspiring! I want to share this blog hop with my boss(not a crafter) who has a son with Aspergers. I know she will be able to relate on every level. The layout of your boys is precious!

    wendydotroos2boysatgmaildotcom

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  143. Here is a shot from my apartment in Toronto of the CN Tower

    http://warmnwonderful.blogspot.com/2011/04/world-autism-awareness-day.html

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  144. What a great hop and cause! love your projects. The card is too cute!!
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

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  145. Love your layout and card. Thanks for sharing.

    vwilson577 at yahoo.com

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  146. Love your card and LO. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  147. First of all thank you for sharing your sons with us! I cant imagine what you go through on a day to day basis but I do understand the learning not to take anything for granted. I love that your son is into music! Music has a way of really speaking to and for people. Great projects! God bless you and your beautiful family!

    ~Kimi
    kmbrlysue22 at yahoo dot com

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  148. Your card and layouts are awesome. I appreciate you telling your story. I just had a friend who's son, husband and daughter have all been diagnosed with Asperger's. He son reacts in anger when he is overstimulated, her daughter severe depression (suicidal) and her husband severe anxiety. I know that she will feel comforted by the fact that she is not alone and that there is help.

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  149. What a wonderful layout and love the card with the sentiment. What great blog candy you're giving away :)

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  150. Love both your projects!!! Thank you for sharing and for a chance to win some sweet blog candy:-) disneynut4life22 at yahoo dot com

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  151. Thank you for sharing your beautiful boys with us and the projects.I am going to put blue lights out on my porch in Vancouver, WA.

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  152. I really loved the LO and the card... Thanks for sharing your story !

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  153. Both of your projects are fantastic! The layout is so cute and your boys are beautiful. The card is very sweet. It's just wonderful that you ladies are helping to bring this affliction to the attention of the crafting world. Thank you!

    Anniebee
    anniebeescraftroom@gmail.com

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  154. I love your projects. Your comments about your scrap layout struck home . . . I was on a field trip with an autistic child. He looks like any other child. An adult at the museum gave a nasty comment when he pushed his way in front of her child. I was stunned by her behaviour. It made me more aware of situations families might go through with their autistic children. My heart goes out to you and yours.
    Thank you for the autism blog hop and getting information out there!
    Alison
    fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

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  155. Kudos to you for supporting Autism awareness and for sharing your personal story. Your boys are fortunate to have such a staunch supporter in their corner :o) I love the simplicity of your layout yet and it says so much. Thanks!

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  156. Thank you for sharing part of your life with us. I love the layout you made of your boys. I am sure your son will love the Disney card you made him.
    top29gun at gmail dot com

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  157. Oh, Alma! It touches my heart that you're able to look at your boys' autism as a blessing!!! :) Having worked with autistic children while I was in college at UCLA and for some time after, I truly feel like there is nothing as rewarding!!! Your layout and card are just perfect, too!

    Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win the cutest Peachy Keen Face Stamps out there,

    Jennifer
    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

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  158. Being older and having two young sons, I look at them sometimes and know that I am so blessed with their health and my heart goes out to the mothers that have challenges thrown into their lives in many different ways. You are a strong woman and a great Mom to see the endless possibilities for your boys and do everything to make this happening for them.

    drachenschloss@msn.com

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  159. Thanks for sharing with us. I really like the puzzle pieces on the layout. I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  160. your projects are great, Thanks for helping people understand autism.
    Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  161. Thank you for sharing about your precious boys and for helping to spread awareness for autism. Your projects were beautiful! Thank you!

    ~ Kristin
    dkborton at gmail dot com

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  162. Nice! Thank you for your support!

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  163. I love your projects! Your boys are amazing! Thank you for sharing your story. it really does help to understand and bring Autism Awareness to the forefront.

    Liz
    whichcraft@me.com

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  164. Your projects are awesome! But not nearly as awesome as you guys are! You ladies are my heroes! I am the mother of three wonderful healthy grown children without all the trials and tribulations you guys encounter! God has special plans for each of you! I am a new follower! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story with us!

    mlenclade at gmail dot com

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  165. Thank you for sharing your story Alma! Yoiur projects are awesome! The saying on the card is perfect!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

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  166. Your creations are wonderful. I am a retired first grade teacher. I can relate a little. Sharing your story is so important and will help so many. This is a wonderful cause. I am so happy that more people are learning about this and understanding how little we know about how our brains work and how much we need to learn and are learning from these amazing children. Blessings to you.

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  167. I love your projects, especially how you did the one with Pinnochio, the little saying is so cute!
    Thank you for sharing your talent and for getting us to realize more about autism.
    jashmore1944@att.net

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  168. I already have this stamp set and I love it. Hope your winner enjoys it as much as I do. Just wanted to say I admire you for your courage and fortitude. It seems that your family is so loving and caring. God bless you and yours!

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  169. Thanks for all the info.May God continue to hold your family in His Hands.

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  170. What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing it with us, I am learning so much. Your layout is just wonderful.

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  171. What an inspiration you are! So positive. We all should take a lesson.
    I love the layouts.

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  172. I am amazed at your grace and testimony. God Bless your beautiful family :)

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  173. Thank you for sharing your story. Praying for God to do great things with your boys! I loved your projects, too.

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  174. Thanks so much for your blog Hop. I have a friend whose son has Autism and it can be a hand full for her when her husband’s gone on deployment. I’m so glad to say I’m there when she needs help. God bless all who help and support people with Autism.

    I love your Pinocchio card. Sometime my firend feels this way about her son. Thanks for shara lovely layout and card.


    www.anjenicgibson.blogspot.com
    jeria22@yahooo.com

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  175. Thank you for sharing your story. This is such a great blog and a real awareness raising for autism and the families affected. Your card and layout are great. TFS

    pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

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  176. WOW! What an Amazing story... Thank you for sharing it with us... Your layout and card are simply wonderful! :O)
    Theresa

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  177. Love Pinochio! Oh how true the sentiment. Cheers to all the parents who are having to be their childrens' voices.

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  178. It is amazing what inspires us and your creativity is amazing - as are you.

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  179. Thank you for sharing your story and spreading the word! I have a special needs child and I have many friends with children with Autism so my heart goes out to all the families who have the daily highs ;-) and lows ;-(, but they are all precious! Your projects are amazing and you are so talented! I am amazed at how you have time! I know paper is my therapy! Again, TFS!

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  180. I just left a comment on pinks page.. I lost a son due to complications and my son who is almost 2 has been through a lot in his 3rd month of life. open heart surgery, swine flu, pneumonia and bronchitis all in a months time frame, so i can relate to you when you say never taking nothing for granted. I appreciate you spreading the word.. all of you for that matter. It means a lot that people are taking a stand. Thank you so much!

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  181. All I could say is that I have great admiration for all people like you who are couragous and full of will. Thank you for letting me be part of this blog hop. My email is marg0006@verizon.net and my blog is loving scrapper 101. Maybe you could mention to the person on the list before you that when I click I do not go to her blog but to websearch.

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  182. What a great layout. And thanks for sharing a bit of your life. You are an amazing woman my dear. TFS

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  183. Autism awareness is needed very much and this is such a great way to do it. I wanted to share a great resource, http://onlineceucredit.com/edu/social-work-ceus-fl, that I turn to to help me help my son's autism. I hope this helps other parents!

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