Hello everyone. Newbie me here. I am a single mom of 2 boys with Autism ages 7 and 4. I absolutely love being their mom!! Though, we are still working on finally (!!) get OT, we are growing together. I am ever so thankful that I was blessed with 2 boys with autism. My older sister had CP, and that taught my mom and I how to have great patience and to accept people whoever they are. I volunteered in the "autistic class" (that's the name they said it was in grade school) and loved it! Grew up and worked in the MR/DD field. I told my mom when I was very young "I want to have kids that are a little hard to handle, because those are the kids who need extra love". I didn't know I was going to end up with 2 boys with autism, but I assure you, God granted me what I asked for and certainly they need extra love!! My great gran used to tell my mom that "children are not spoiled, they are overly loved" and it couldn't be more true. Life has been challenging, but it has shown me that sometimes, I have to slow down, change how I view the world and change how I do some things. My children are my blessing and I don't know where I would be without them. I lost my mom last year on Valentine's day and without my boys, I would not have been able to get through it. I'm always interested in new advice, willing to try it and hopefully if even a small amount, help someone else out that we have been through.