OMG, everyone, I've gotten a blogging award from Tanya over at Teen Autism! This award is given to bloggers who seem to have a great attitude and make the best of things! Tanya is one of my favorite blogger friends... I wish I could give the award back to her! (But then she'd have to find ten more people to give it to, and that might be a lot of work!) I am very honored to have this award, and I know tons of other bloggers who should get it! It's going to be hard to choose ten, but here it goes...
1. Makenna And Camille! I first found this blog when I was looking for information on CHARGE Syndrome, because I was scheduled to work at the CHARGE Syndrome Conference. I actually met Makenna, who is a sweet and spunky eight year old and an excellent big sister as well, at the conference, and I've been following this blog ever since. Makenna's mother is working hard to ensure that CHARGE Syndrome doesn't prevent Makenna from living a full life and having lots of adventures!
2. PADS Chicago! This is one most of you probably haven't come across. Some of you may know that I was homeless for several years, and I often stayed at a local overnight shelter called PADS. This blog is by a woman who stays at PADS now. She writes about homelessness, what causes it and what it causes, and how everyday people can reach out to homeless people.
3.Asperger Square 8. Bev is an adult with Aspergers Syndrome. She writes extensively about human rights for people with autism. You may or may not agree with her opinions on how some agencies that claim to help people with autism actually hurt them. But you'll definitely enjoy the eye-opening, truthful videos she creates to show how absurdly many people view and treat those with autism!4. The Quirk Factor: Resistance Is Futile! This mom blogger writes about her spirited little boy, Jaysen, who has PDD_NOS. Not long ago, their entire house burned down, and it also caused their car to blow up! This little family was displaced for a while, but they stuck together and managed to get through it and make a normal life for themselves again!
5. Stimeyland! This SAHM has her hands full with three very spirited and adventurous little guys, one of whom has autism! Stimey amuses the world with her stories of her boys and their antics. In the summer I always enjoy reading about Camp Stimey, where she creates her own little summer camp to provide structure, stimulation and fun for the boys while they're out of school.
6. Baggage And Bug! I probably pass an award along to this blogger every chance I get, because I love her blog so much! Baggage is my hero! Battling depression, anxiety, ADHD, and physical illness might cause some people to hide away in their homes and spend their lives watching TV under a quilt... but not Baggage! She instead chose to open her home, by adopting one "hard-to-place" kid from foster care and providing a wonderful foster family for several others. Baggage has definitely been through her share of trials and tribulations... but her love for Bug, Bubba, Snowbaby and the other children she cares for seems to carry her through.
7. Zip 'n' Tizzy! The nicknames of these two little boys, ages 5 and 3, illustrate how nutty this household can get! But who can help falling in love with these sweet, funny little boys... and with TIzzy's best buddie, Doggie!
8. The Karianna Spectrum! Here's another mama raising little boys, one of whom has autism. The Cat and Spliggle are definitely a couple of little characters! I've loved reading this blog and watching these two awesome boys grow! The Cat, especially, has changed so much in the past few years, as he's learned more and more how to control his own behavior and to navigate the social world of primary school!
9. Big Blueberry Eyes! This blog is named for Kayla, whose beautiful eyes have been described this way. Kayla, who has Down Syndrome, has a little brother named Lucas, a mother who loves her like crazy, and a daddy (who also loves her like crazy, of course) who is in the AIr Force and is currently deployed.
10. Gabi's World! Shannon blogs about life in her big, happy blended family... which includes Gabi, a sweet kid with Down Syndrome who also has a huge fear of lawnmowers, a silly sense of humor, and a sneaky sense of mischief!
Okay, thats my ten people!
It actually took me twenty-four hours to finish this post because I had to keep stopping to do other things... and now that I am hitting "Publish" I'm sure it will take me another twenty-four hours to go to everyone's sites and tell them I've given them the award... but its worth it! :)