Thursday, April 2, 2015

Your time to Soar!




"Hello and welcome to the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop! 

 
We have so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list here: http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com/…/the-light-it-up-blue-for-…

 
If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! 
Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6. 

 

 

 
Now here is the card I created for today's hop!

 
 
Edited to add our story:
 

We have been blessed to have been able to adopt my nephew in 2010. 

He has been with us since he was 7 and is going to be 13 this year.

We are also very fortunate that he has had less difficulties due to being born with some levels of methamphetamine in his system.

He has been diagnosed with ADHD and a lesser known reading disability called dysgraphia. 


He is great at reading and can tell you what he has read.  Though once he goes to write it down, his brain that needs to tell his had what to write,

tells his hand instead, that it does not remember. That is in a nutshell, and far from the technical definition for sure!

 We have had issues in school and with teachers and a 504 plan is in place. Since he is fluent in math,

there seems to be a disbeif that he really is unable to write down what he knows to be true, what he can verbally recall…


During our first year with him, we took him a year of Sundays to a counselor to test and determine any and all learning issues that he may need help with.

I felt like ahorrible parent spending hours with him, but telling him he really can write it down, he was stalling, did not want to do it.

I was guilty of not knowing he had an impariment in that area and once I knew, though it made sense, I felt worse.


It really is hard to understand some impariments that come so easy to others.  So easy to judge.

 
My heart aches full of love and understanding for others with similar issues milder or more pronounced. 

And with an open heart, I thank you for visiting today.

 

 

 




Create, Enjoy
Live, Laugh
and 
LOVE!

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73 comments:

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous card!

AJ Bodine said...

Pretty watercolored background, love your card for this hop!

Kath said...

A fabulous card for this great blog hop.
Kath x

Rosemary said...

fun card, Kimberly!

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

That is the perfect card for today's hop; I love the message!

Krissy said...

Love the watercolor on this card!

KimCreate said...

Super cool design! Love this card.

Maura R said...

Great cause and great card!!

Tenia Nelson said...

Girl!! I just LOVE this card!!! Thanks so much for participating in this AWESOME hop!! I love you and you ROCK!!

Jessica Lynn Mould said...

Great job I really love this card. Thank you so much for being part of this blog hop for such a great cause!!Happy Stamping/Keep Moving Forward!!

Jessica Lynn
http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/

VanessaB said...

fantastic!

Happy Dance said...

Brilliant card, Kimberly. Love the sentiment and the blues and reds of this sweet card. You're just a peach for doing this hop too. Great cause. Happy Easter to you and your family too. Bev

Melissa said...

I just love that sentiment - it's so perfect for this cause and, also, just in general!

Jessica Frost-Ballas said...

I love your card!

zub momi said...

Fabulous card! Love the sentiment.

Taunya Butler said...

Love that you shared a bit of you with us - You are a remarkable person!! I know you are really involved in the blogging world - and I am so glad to be able to visit you!! Your card is incredible and that sentiment truly fits!! Thanks so much for participating and supporting this hop!! I hope you have a REALLY GREAT day!!!

!neke said...

Thanks for your story !
I think you do a great job !!!
So your card is great !

wendy said...

great card ...awesome what you've done for your nephew !

Miriam Prantner said...

Thanks for sharing your story and this wonderful card. I love the artiness of it with the watercoloring and all those sketchy images.

Jen Carter said...

I love this card! I really like the pop of red!

Shelly said...

Oh, this is so sweet!

JD/ Jill said...

Great card! And a perfect card for this blog hop. thank you for sharing your story.

Monika Reeck said...

Love your BG Kimberly and love all the blue and the cute star there like a little boy made it..cool card..thanks for your information..should we make a card in BLUE and for a little boy? please a bit info
many thanks sweety
hugs, Monika

Angela Hoynes said...

Great card

Brandi R said...

Lovely card! What a fun background!! Thank you for participating ♥♥

donna mikasa said...

Thank you for sharing both your talent and your story. Hugs!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is such a beautiful card. I love your story, it teaches myself and everyone so much. so much to learn in this world but kindness to one another is key.

Judy said...

Your card is amazing. And kudos to you and your hubby for giving a loving home to your nephew. Thank your for sharing your story and your talent with us.

D.Ann said...

Fab card! Adjusting is a learning curve, but I'm sure your love has always shown though! Hugs!!

Dana Joy said...

Fabulous card for the hop. Love your watercoloring.

Lisa Lara said...

What a fun card Kimberly. You and your son are lucky to have one another!

Tracie Pond said...

So pretty!

BurningRubber said...

Great card! Thanks for participating!

Michelle said...

Beautiful card, Kimberly, and a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your story. xxx

Kristie Goulet said...

Your card is just beautiful, friend. Thank you so much for sharing your story! You are an amazing person! Hugs!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeous card - that font is so perfect with the water colored bg

OH Babs said...

Thank you for sharing your story Kimberley. How blessed all if you are to have one another.
Love your bright and vibrant card.

Pam said...

What a fabulous card and perfect sentiment. Having worked with kids with special needs for many, many years, I know all too well how frustrating it can be to deal with school. Hold tight to the wonderful accomplishments your nephew has achieved. I know he is a delight!

Michele Henderson said...

Great card and message!

Eva said...

I love your card! Thanks for sharing your personal story.
Hugs and kisses;)

Jerrie said...

What a blessing to be able to adopt your nephew! Sounds like he had a rough start. I love your card...it looks so whimsical. The blue swirsl and the red stars just pop!!

Anne said...

I was delighted to find this blog hop in aid of Autism as our 8yo son has low spectrum autism. He is a wonderful boy, much loved by many. Your card is brilliant! Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting this cause.

Anita in France said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Kimberly ... how blessed you all are to have one another! Fabulous card ... fun and vibrant ... and what a brilliant sentiment! Thanks so much for your visit! Anita :)

Yolanda Garrido said...

I love your card and I can´t stop looking at the gorgeous sentiment stamp!

Liz said...

Lovely card, with a gorgeous sentiment. Thanks for sharing your story. xx

Shona Chambers said...

Brilliant card and what an amazing story!! Your an incredible woman!

~amy~ said...

I hope you know how amazing you are....cuz you are.

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

I love the randomness of your elements and yet it flows really well :-)

Sarah Gray said...

Your card is gorgeous - love the font of the sentiment with the fun background! Thanks for sharing your post as well - it touched me. Hugs x

Laura Cox {aka scrapaddict} said...

Love this....so unique!!

Joyce said...

Such a beautiful card, and a really moving story. Knowing you even the little that I do, I know that you have such a big heart, and it really shows in this story and everything else you do.

Becca Cruger said...

I have to admit that your posting made me tear up a little. I ADORE your card and the sentiment behind it. It's amazingly soft and the saying is absolutely perfect for this hop.

Vickie Y said...

Beautiful card for a great cause.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Thanks for sharing your story Kimberly. Beautiful card, beautiful post.

Sue from Oregon said...

Wow that is some story you shared. Heartbreaking it took so long and so touching that you have this young man in your home...great job MOM! Wonderful creation-love that sentiment! ♥ Sue Kment

Lieve said...

Beautiful card and sentiment !
Thank you for sharing your story, must not be easy.
Your son has a great mom !
Wish you both all the best !

Kim Heggins said...

This is so beautiful Kimberly!

Mynn Kitchen said...

Thank you for sharing your story! You are an inspiration to us all! Your card is totally awesome--the graphic clean look rocks! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Dana said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing about your nephew! I'm dyslexic and i really hate math and writing! I tell my mom that i wish someone would invent something that would plug into my brain and record what i'm thinking, because what i think sounds a ton better then what actually gets written!! It does get better with lots of work, love and support!!! :)

Janis said...

Thank you so much for sharing your card and your story!!!
Our 28 yr old daughter is an Aspy and we only have begun to understand what that means in the last few years. How I wish the resources and awareness had been available when she was growing up.
Hugs to you as you help your young man to navigate the future!!! We are in this together, my friend.
Thanks so much for participating in this important hop!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Helen F. said...

Wonderful card for an awesome cause. TFS your story.

Michelle said...

OMG
I have a son with dysgraphia too. It's been a long road, but I want to tell you where he is now. Right now he is 26. He graduated from college with degrees in mathematics and statistics. (Sound familiar?) After years of social awkwardness, he married his college sweetheart last fall and now he has a six figure job. Seriously. He still can't write, but he is doing awesome. I'm not bragging, I want you to know that dysgraphia sucks, but math is where the money is. The teen years are hard, but Once they're over, Conrad will rule.


And your cards make me so happy to look at.
You rule too. :)

Stampy Sister said...

Such a lovely card. Such a wonderful sentiment. I have two autistic children. Thank you for supporting this cause.

Karenladd said...

This sentiment and card design are wonderful and uplifting in every way! Thanks for sharing your story. I have an adult son with a number of difficulties that have made it hard for him to navigate life and we do the best we can to support our children as they deal with these issues. You are to be commended for getting him the assistance he needed when he ran into problems. Hugs to you!

Jessi Fogan said...

That background is gorgeous, Kimberley! and dysgraphia is extremely hard to explain - our oldest has it too, and the schools took years to recognize it as an actual impairment. Grrr. Kudos to you for persevering and *fist bump* fellow mom!

Ruby N said...

You were persistent about helping him in the way you knew how. You sound so dedicated and strong. These things can be complicated and diagnoses manifest differently in each person. I love your work -- beautiful card! thank you for participating ♥

Ann said...

Wonderful card, love the sentiment.

Sue D said...

Great card design and thanks for sharing your story.

Lynn Hardy said...

Your post is very moving and I wish you all the best with your sweet nephew. I like your card too!

Mary Roberson said...

I like your watercolor background.

TracyM #6773 said...

YOU are AWESOME and your card is too!!!
LOVE EVERYTHING about your BOLD & EXCITING card :)
THANK YOU for sharing your experience and for being SO WONDERFUL & CARING for your adopted nephew - he is one lucky boy!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and being part of this AMAZING event for a great cause too :)

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I love how effortless your card is! I just looks so fresh and cool! Thank you for sharing your story! Giant hugs to you! Thanks for taking the time to spread Autism Awareness!

Amy Kolling said...

This is absolutely perfect for the AEI♥U challenge! I love the watercolored sky in the background! Thanks for playing along with the AEI♥U challenge!