" 1 of 110 children are being DX with Autism in the USA "

" 1 of 110 children are being DX with Autism in the USA "

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

MARRIAGE A LIFETIME cOMMITMENT



Genesis 2:24
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."



God gives grace to the humble he gives us strengh. God rushes to the person who resigns their rights for their greater good. HUMILITY before HONOR. This is indeed what we need in our relationships now a days . The statitis of young families who either live UN-happy or end up in divorce is huge . Now imagine a home where you might have one or more children with any type of disabilities .

Marriage was stablished sine the beggining of time by GOD and it is as clear as water the statement on Genesis 2:24. The problem now a days is that we don't want to move on and follow this commandment but instead we want to rebel and ignore it . Becoming one flesh with your husban is a wonderfull powerfull symbolic statement.

Ephesians 5:22-23
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church,"


Submitting yourself to your husband ?. This is a very strong and diret statement that many young and older woman in this era of women liberation is taken in the inorret sene .This is also a quote that many man take as an eample to manipulate their wife . What does SUBMIT really mean ?. Acording to webster this means , "to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another" . For a woman to be able to consent or abide to her husband . He (the husband) has to surrender himself as well to the will of our Lord first .

Ephesians 5:25
"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her"


A husband that has given his life to Christ deserves the right respet in all matters .Giving his life to Christ means just what it says . This man doesn't just say with his mouth this but lives it , by being most of all a leader in the home by Caring and nurturing the spiritual needs of his family . By being a model father and husband . Is this easy to do ?, Of Course not , this takes time and lots of prayer .

Ephesians 5;28-29
husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,


this is where the wife steps in and by being his helper . Doesn't irritate him but helps him to follow our Saviours foot steps . Humbuling ourself to our Father and following his commentments .

1 Corinthians 7:4
The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife.


As a wife we struggle to fullfil the shoes of our Lord but we must rely on prayer and support from other older sisters who might be able to hand spiritual advice to help the burdend of marriage be lighter. But most of all kneel and pray to the Lord saying to Him . Please Lord make me a new person , change me Jesus .

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

MY SOBRINA HAILEY






I HAVE A SOBRINA HAILEY WHO JUST TURNED 4 YEARS OLD THIS WEEK . SHE IS VERY SPEcIAL TO ME AND I ONLY PRAY THE LORD TAKES cARE OF HER ALWAYS AND FOREVER . I BOUGHT HER THIS VERY SPEcIAL cAKE THAT I KEPT IN MY REFRIGERATOR FOR A DAY AND MY BOY WANTED TO EAT IT THE WHOLE TIME . LOL!!!! SHE IS A VERY SPEcIAL GIRL . HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF HER AND HER SISTER HILLARY .





Sunday, April 20, 2008

My son had a wonderfull time this past friday with dad and his tio and ousin.
I really appreiate when david my husband spends time with his brother and it is etra speial to spend time with his son as well . I know they had a wonderfull time . Maybe net year we an do a whole family thing. I know I and the girls wanted to go as well ,

Here are some photos of this very speial day



Wednesday, April 16, 2008

THIS IS ALANIS















This is Alanis my middle child . She was born 12/29/01 she is now 6 years old . Many things have happened sine she was born , She is a hand full . A very olorfull hild from above . Here you see her being who she is at 4rth of July 2007. Just a year after David was diagnosed with AUTISM so was she on 2/6/2008 .


Alanis was always very advanced for her age . This is one of the reasons why we never even considered her to have any type of disability . For eample Alanis spoke in ompletesentenes by one but started talking at 6 months then walked at 7 months . But there was something different about Alanis for the first year 1/2 . She could not stay still and cried for no apparent reason . Everything bothered her and since we ride the bus Alanis would cry the whole bus ride and then stop after getting off . c ould not stay in a car seat while riding with a friend , she would climb and make herself fall and would laugh at her own fall . We couldn't go out to eat because she would not stay in the high hair at a restaurant . If we tried she would start to scream it was very embarassing so close to 2 years we just took the food to go !!




When Alanis was 3 years old the babysitter would all me at work and she was worried about Alanis all the time . She loves Alanis very much but was wondering why she was sooooo active and would cry for no apparent reason too often . A few times she recorded Alanis tantrums to me and she showed them to me and would tell me something was wrong . Yes I DIDN"T LISTEN TO HER!!!! just like many moms live in denial cause their child is too smart ..




Anyway we decided that my husband would stay home and work evenings and I would work during the day . We did that schedule for a year . Then Alnis went to pre-kinder . She loved her teaher and the shool . But the teaher would tell me even though she was soo smart she was not communiating during the time she needed to , She said she was tooo shy and introverted .Something that stayed in my mind is the fact that the teaher said to me that Alanis would benefit from a MAGNET program and that I should consider it in the future.



In 2007 I left my Job of 13 years to attend to David . But as well to attend to my other 2 children . Alanis and Deshey , I will write of her later , . As Alanis started kinder I was at home volunteering and taking david back and forth to all of his appointments and what not . a hard year 2007 . But a blessed one since the relationship with GOD grew bigger. Many economical neessaties where cut from my home but we made it .


Now going back to Alanis . While I was at home I started notesing all of the things her sitted was seeing . I was living what the sitter was trying to let me see and wasn't seeing . Then my mom said to me that perhaps there is something going on with Alanis . So I told her I had been keeping an eye on her at that I had indeed mentioned it to the shool but becasue she is sooo smart they did not want to do an assestment . So I decided to do the net best thing . Which is what every parent should do if the distri or any ageny isn't listening to ya . That is go and have a personal individualized assestment with a private doctor. Behavioral specialist , Psycologists ETc.




This photo was taken 2003.




So basially after the diagnosys the school took charge . But it wasn't that eazy eaither . I had to make some phone alls and had to sit and send some emails till I got the name and number and e mail address to MR> Arreguin LAUSD distrit 6 representative for special education. And I basically esplained my situation and he Helped me to get a letter for my school to listen to me .




After about a ouple of months of testing my poor child I had her first IEP ( Individualized Education Program)
I was happy to find out that the LAUSD after all the tests they find her as a child with AUTISM in her case she has the following as a diagnosis : Aspergers Syndrome(High futioning Autism) / Aniety / HD (Hyperactivity disorder).

Now the problem came when we spoke about placement . The tests show that Alanis doesn't just qualify as a child with Autism but as a GIFTED!! child in academics . So I was like Oh my goodness now what????. her score in the IQ test came out to 130 for her age it should be 90 is normal so she is in the gifted range. But is in the Soial emotional where she failed . This is typial of Aspergers children .

The goal of course is to have her in the GIFTED classroom with kids of her own intellect . So slowly she will be main streamed in to the classroom . What did they end up offering her :



Pull out everyday 2 1/2 hours with a gifted resoure teaher who will teah her one on one everyday for 6 months .

Phsyco therapy 3 times per month to address her aniety attacks and social behaviors .


therapy once every week where I take her to a district facility for more therapy .


currently I'm waiting on a hearing where I will fight the LAUSD so like my son she can also have a BI (Behavioral Specialist) during lunch time and recess time everyday . This is one thing they did not wanna give me . But in the name of Jesus they will . A behavioral specialist works on many things . In the case of alanis she will work on negative behaviors and will teach her how to socialize appropietly with her peers at play time.


Out side of shool I as well am working with medical who has agreed to pay for OT (Ocupational Therapy ) at hildrens hospital Long Beach and
(Physical therapy as well ).
Alanis has alot of sensory issues with food and clothing and many other things .

Just a year apart my 2 small kids have been diagnosed with AUTISM . I sometimes have asked myself why didn't I listen to those people about my daugther . But we go bak to time . The Lord knows why and I will leave it at that . All I know is that in the year 1993 I was trained to work and worked for 1 1/2 year at a home where I cared for AUTISTIc kids . HUMMM! I wonder why the Lord made that happen right???. Very interesting . LOL

I tell you the Lord works in misterios ways . Now Alanis has the same Dotors as david and I work with both of them. I'm not done fighting yet . My net fight . will be the regional center in LA and in the nameo of Jesus I will come out victorious !!!. But first things first . LAUSD hearing here I go !!!.





Micah 6:8
"The Lord has shown you what is good.
He has told you what he requires of you.
You must treat people fairly.
You must love others faithfully.
And you must be very careful to live
the way your God wants you to. "







Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hello , I'm Gloria a Sunday Shool teacher above all a
mother a wife a sister .














10 Commandments



The basic teachings or our Lord are left literally written in stone . I have a strong belief that if these are to be followed along with some other basic teachings that the Lords left us , Then we might just be closer to the kingdom of heaven . We have heard the saying "children don’t come with a manual " Thing again my friends . We all do and many of us have that manual at home but we don’t even care to open it . Or some have it open just collecting dust . The Bible is the most read and copied book in the world . Continues to be a best seller . Yet we don’t practice its content .


I would like to encourage you to find one that you can all read at your homes with your family . There are many easy to read and understand .
There is 10 basic lessons left for us :
* "I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt..."
( To believe in God above all things )
* "You shall have no other gods besides Me...Do not make a sculpted image or any likeness of what is in the heavens above..."
(To not worship any image of him or of anything in heaven on earth
or under the sea )
* "You shalt not swear falsely by the name of the Lord..."
(This commandment is to never take the name of God in a vain oath. )
* "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy"
(A day of rest from work so that the Israelites could meditate on Gods Laws without distraction.)
* "Honor your father and your mother..."
(Do our children know the importance of respect and honor)
* "You shall not murder"
(This is clear as water)
* "You shall not commit adultery"
( No explanation needed for this one )
* ‘‘You shall not steal"
(This is also clear as water)
* "Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife"
( Going back to no adultery )
* "And you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's"



If you would like to read everything please see the whole in tire version in your bible Deuteronomy 5 you will enjoy it with full detail .


The bible might not come with instructions on what kind of diaper we should buy for our children but it gives us more then that . It gives us instructions on how we can manage our lives and families lives with Love , Respect , Discipline .Yes my friends you heard right Discipline


"For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, Proverbs 6:23.



God Bless!!


Jenny and Jim !!! What a pair . These 2 people aren't just funny business they an get down to real business in real life . Jenny a beautiful mother of his handsome son EVAN who was diagnosed with AUTISM has become the spokes person to http://www.tacanow.com/ and organization build to bring Awareness of the Autism Spectrum disorders . Jim isn't just the voice of Horton of HORTON HEARS A WHO but now an advocate for AUTISM as well .


Hundreds will join them to fight the battle all of us parents want to see happen!

Monday, April 14, 2008









April is Autism Awareness month and all of us who live with AUTISM would like for you to be aware of what this Neurologial/Biologial Disorder is . Most of us don't have muh support from lose friends and from Family . Most families who have a hild with AUTISM tirn to the Lord for answers and onfort . I myself have done that many many times again . I personally do have the support of a ouple of family members but you ould always use the support of all family .


Show your support this month my walking with us on the Anual AUTISM Walk , Here is the lynk if you are interested .

http://www.walknowforautism.org/site/c.lhLXJ8PGKoG/b.3610231/


Saturday, April 26, 2008The Rose Bowl, Pasadena


Join Autism Speaks as we tackle autism! Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism. Start a corporate, school or family team today!
Walk Now for Autism offers everyone a fun-filled experience with entertainment, refreshments, an autism community resource fair, and much, much more. Be sure to raise $100 to earn your commemorative Walk Now for Autism t-shirt. We look forward to seeing you at the event!




About Autism Speaks


Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/.




FORGIVENESS




FORGIVENESS
Meaning: n 1: compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive 2: the act of excusing a mistake or offense.




And oh! Boy! Is this a hard word for all of us to actually be able to comply to? Biblically speaking there is a biblical passage that is very popular and interesting:

Matt 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
Imagine able to forgive 70 x 7 times to those who do wrong up on us? It is hard to tell I guess. It is a fact that Christ gave a mandate to the apostles when he said:

Col 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
Even back then the stress that Christ had on his apostles was big in regards to forgiveness .Once more he says to his apostles :


Pay attentions to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him."

Luke 17: 3 -4
Mar 11:25 (Jesus) And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done."

All excellent messages come from God through Christ his son and our Savior. To A guide us in the path of life. Gods word is the book he left us to guide our lives in there we will find anything and everything we need . To live better lives.
The beautiful qualities of our Lord
Numbers 14:18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’
gloria Rodriguez

Thursday, April 10, 2008

MY SON DAVID


Here is where I will write about my boy David . He is sooo cute , Watch out ladies here he comes . David was born 12/16/2003 he is now 4 years old .





David was 2 here and none verbal
he is trying to figure out how he is
going to sit on that tiny chair LOL!!!




lots of things have happened since that day when he was trying to sit on that little chair . A diagnosis of AUTISM was given to us on the day of my birthday march 15, 2006 . A sad moment in my life but definetly not the worse day .I remember crying because my son was none verbal at the time and he was not fuctioning properly and would constantly cry for no apparent reason , would grab his ears and ofcourse I would run to the ER where they would tell me there was nothing wrong with him . Cometo figure out there was something wrong with him , But it is never at our time but it is at the Lords time when he Decides is time to take charge .



Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven"



It was on that day of march ,2006 that the Lord gave me a new job . Literally on that day I entered my job of 13 years as a shipping manager earning close to 60,000 a year to leave and never look back . I remember looking upto the heavens and crying on the street waiting for the bus alone and saying to myself , Lord here it is my cup has broken Lord , I will pick up anopther and please help me to fill it . I don't know how I'm going to handle the economic situation but you are here with me and I trust you will care for my family .



I also remember calling from that same bus stop the woman I have trusted with almost most of my secrets . My suegra ( mother inlaw) and she cried with me and said you go in there and leave that job and care for my Boy . So I did as she told me and as I felt needed to be done .I called her back after that meeting . I had my last check on my hands and I told her . I feel so happy I'm free to focus on my son , She was happy as well . I then called my mother and she agreed with my suegra (mother in law) My mother a Christian for over 20 years said to me . Hey don't worry we are Christian serve the Lord and he will always provide . Trust in Him talk to Him he will lIsten . So far it has been very true .

AUTISM is such a complicated word to say sometimes but the meaning is simple , It means "SELF" yes like myself. Why , Because it is all about them and noone else LOL!!!! just a little joke . But it is true . David was afraid of many things as a small baby from paintings on walls to animals and to cartoon characters .I was excited to have taken him to ride horses recently . My friend Olga took us .


video


My boy has been in the care of many great teachers and Doctors .
tarting from:

The great Doctor JESUS CHRIST

exodus 15:26

He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you."

**Dr. James Saunders in Lynwood Pediatrician
3737 Martin L King Jr Blvd


**Dr. Feldman Stramski Children's Developmental Ctr Developmental - Behavioral
2880 Atlantic Avenue,

#255 Stramski Develop. CenterLong Beach,

Phone: 562-424-4815 Fax: 562-424-4688

**Dr Steinmetz Gastrointerology/Nutrition

1760 termino Ave Millers Children Hospital

Long Beach

562-933-6900

**CHLA (Childrens Hospital) Speech therapy

**CHLA ( Childrens Hospital) Occupational Therapy

Dr. Rochelle Neally, D.C.

3645 E 4th Street,

Suite B Long Beach, CA 90814562-987-5507

http://www.drneally.com/

This is just the icing on the cake for the needs of my son . I'm just getting started . Many people look at my son specially those who aren't around him . Specially family members who aren't close to us and say , Well there isn't anything wrong with him . He looks like a normal boy . I always like to say many things to that comment but I do not . All I know is that I'm glad people see him as a normal boy . We have worked very hard for him to look as whatever the society calls "normal".

I have learned to move on from comments and stares . Because people don't understand our everyday struggle in this cruel world . My hope is that all people who come in contact with us will find out more about Love care and Faith .

Gloria Rodriguez


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This is me ( Gloria Rodriguez )








A mother just turned 34 years old last month of march and wife to the almost perfect man if it wasn't for the 10 % he fails to be perfect.But I'm not concerned about that the Lord will fix that 10% in eternity .


It was my Pastor Daniel Brito's Idea I start a Blog . And I sat down to think about it and said to myself Why not?. This would be a great way to vent my feelings and frustrations and a place where I can write my poetry . A place where I can bring Awareness to Autism and the wonderful stories of true gifts the Lord has brought to my life.


My church has a great website and here is the link to it and the blog to Pastor Daniel is also in this link. Excellent information for Christians and none Christians who are trying to feel up lifted in this time of great need.

have been truly blessed with wonderful people who have given me support in the moment of great need . But I can't complain about those who have not been there for me or have hurt me because it is then when my relationship with the Lord has grown even more.
As a Sunday school teacher . a mother , a wife and so many other things the Lord has picked for me to be called .
There is one thing I try to do everyday , and because of my imperfection I sometimes fail . That is to serve God at all times . For those who are reading this blog . If I have ever hurt you in any way please find it in your heart to forgive me . I do make mistakes .
Matthew 22:37
(Today's New International Version)

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'