Mighty League Autism Moms
Linda Gund Anderson, Unintentional Humor and Celebrate EDU USA
Julie Farkas Brusio, Ketchup with a Side of Autism
TO MY DAUGHTER: YOU are an important person. YOU have a voice. YOU have opinions. Stand by your convictions and stay true to the beautiful person you are. Listen wisely to the guiding light inside of you. Follow your heart. Follow your dreams. LOVE. LAUGH. I will be here for you in case you fall but I believe that no matter how difficult life is or will be, you will always rise above and succeed. Be the best you that you can be. Anything is possible.
Jessi Cash, Deciphering Morgan
This life isn’t easy by any means. But God, it’s worth it- he is worth it. All of us are worth it. And I love my life.
Sharon Lee Cummings, Conquer for Conner – My Special Love
MY SON: As my parents told me…BELIEVE in yourself. As I quote your favorite person Walt Disney ‘If you can Dream it, you can Do It.’ As I quote our song, ‘Anything is Possible, wishes do come true, you can reach the stars if you just believe. There’s nothing you can’t do, find the dream inside of you.’ Your life took a complicated turn but together we can write a new chapter. I am living proof. When I look at you I see your strength, your determination, your faith, your innocence, your love, your remarkable point of view…I SEE YOU. So my ‘Special Love’ as you continue your ‘Magical’ journey, you will be told ‘You can’t!’ ‘You won’t!’ and you will face them saying ‘WATCH ME.’
Denise Lane D’Ecclessis, Love for Autism
New Jersey, USA
TO MY SON: I want you to know that because of you, I have been blessed with the strength to help other families cope with autism.
Jennifer Marie Dirks, Em’s Journey
MY DAUGHTER: I won’t let you quit on yourself, nor will I quit on you. I will be there with you every step of the way. We’ve looked fears head on and told them they WILL NOT run your life. And we will continue to do that every day sometimes twice when the fears come creeping out of the shadows. We will make a conscious effort daily to say to autism, it is our life. It will not rule how we live. And daily we will challenge you to be more than the sum of your diagnosis. As long as you are happy, we will ALWAYS be proud of you. We will watch you grow and we will watch you fly. Together, anything is possible.
Joan Leigh Flores, This Ausome Family
New Jersey, USA
TO MY CHILDREN: The days you came into my life, you forever changed me. You gave me the honor of being your mommy. You have my love, guidance and support always. I will cheer with you during your many triumphs. I love the sound of your snorting belly laughs when thing are good. I will be your rock during life’s tough moments. My shoulder will always be here for you to cry on, and my arms will hold you tight. I promise to never, ever give up on you. No matter the twists and turns life throws at us, we will always have one another. And no matter what, you will always have my unconditional love.
Krista Preuss Goudreault, May I Be Excused, My Brain is Full – Olivia’s Asperger’s Story
In my role of mom and teacher to my three beautiful children, I promise to always encourage and guide you to grow and to blossom into who you are destined to be. And somehow, along our journey, the roles get intertwined and weave back and forth as I become the student and you begin to teach me…about acceptance and freedom and uniqueness and the purest of joy. You are growing up before my eyes…and I just want to tell you that you are my hero in so many ways. I look at you in awe every day and I want to tell you that I couldn’t possibly be more proud.
Shayla Hearn, My Shaynanigans
Don’t ever let anyone make you doubt yourself for being different. You are incredible just the way you are. I marvel at how you see the world around you.
I believe in you.
I accept and honor who you are.
I will meet you where you are.
But most importantly, never forget this: Wise beyond your years at four years old, you spoke the only truth you need to know – these are your words:
‘Mommy, I am who I am and that is enough.’
Helen Helene, High Functioning Autistic Children
DEAR SON: With a lot of trial and error we have tried to bring you far in this confusing world. I hope we have succeeded in helping you to navigate the world and we will continue, with love and devotion to give you all the tools you need. We are always here for you, cheering you on, proud of every little accomplishment and we foresee great things for you.
Laura Henretty, Autism and Other Ramblings
MY CHILD: I will always love you for who you are. How could I do anything else? You have never changed, you have always been you, just the way you are and I will always love you for you. Anyone else would be a total stranger to me. I love you for you, always have and always will. Your autism has not changed you, but is part of you, as much as your brown hair and your cheeky smile. I love you for always, just as you are, because you are perfect to me. Just as you are.
Rebecca Hyder, Speaking of Difference
Redditch, United Kingdom
DEAR CHILDREN: Thank you for loving me. I will love you both always – each different, each special beyond words. I will walk with you without question – in the shadows when you need me least and hand in hand when you need me most. Be the most YOU you can be! I love you for everything you were, everything you are and everything you will be. Forever, Mum
Judith Jamieson, Jordan’s Aspie Journey
TO MY DAUGHTERS: I will always fight for you to get everything you need & deserve. With this I will teach you to self advocate and find your own voice in this world. I will always push you to learn & try new things. I will celebrate every accomplishment no matter how big or small it may seem. I will forever love you to the moon & back and remind you of this every single day of our lives.
Karen Krejcha, Autism Empowerment
Karen McAuley, More Than Just a Diagnosis – Our Journey
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
MY CHILDREN: NEGU (Never Ever Give Up): Never give up hope; never give up on yourself, your future, or your dreams. Never ever give up the good fight—and remember never be afraid to roll up your sleeves and put in that extra effort where it’s needed when it’s needed. It matters that you don’t just give up when things are tough. You got this!
Sarah Hensley Montz, Our Wild Card
TO MY CHILDREN: The only thing I can promise is that I will do my best. I will do my best to protect you, teach you, guide you, listen to you, and learn from you. Loving you is the easy part.
Jodi Murphy, Geek Club Books
MY SON: You and I are hacking the AUTISM STATUS QUO—the negative stereotypes and stigmatization— that brings about fear, isolation, and bullying. Together we are putting forth our AUTIMISM—positive views to foster greater understanding and acceptance of autistic individuals. One day, it will truly be a Star Trek world and everyone will be welcome on the flight deck to contribute their unique talents.
Liz O’Keeffe, Cat on a Trampoline
Birmingham, United Kingdom
MY DAUGHTER: There are some things I need you to know, some promises that I want to make: I will be a friend, I will be creative, I will challenge myself and the world around us. I will be patient, I will be strong, I will be a fighter. I will teach you to be all of these things too. I will take time to appreciate the little, wonderful important things in life, and I will let go of the things that aren’t important. I will laugh, cry and celebrate with you. I will be there for you. I will listen to you, I will value you, I will try to see the world through your eyes. I will be your student, your teacher, your advocate.
When you came into my life you changed it. You made it better. You made it complete. You are worthwhile, strong, valued and amazing. You are always in my heart. You have held it in your hands since the moment I first held you in my arms. I love you.
Sherri Olsen, Autism Through a Momma’s Eyes
I promised you before you were even born that I would sacrifice so that you didn’t have to, that I would protect you, fight for you and love you unconditionally for the rest of your life. You are all that I could ever want and more than I deserve. You have taught me so much. Patience. Dedication. Perseverance. Above all else—LOVE. I am your voice when your words won’t come, your fighter when you’ve had too much and your rock that’s here for you 100% of the time no matter what!
Kate Paine, Speaking of Difference
Birmingham, United Kingdom
MY CHILDREN: I will do my best to guide you through life’s ups and downs, help you make the most of every opportunity you are given and try my best to create a fun, happy and secure home of which you will always be a part, whatever age, or stage in life you are at. Be proud of your individuality.
Rebecca Daniels Perin, Autism: Uncensored
MY CHILDREN: There are so many lessons I wish to teach you: strength, determination, compassion, confidence in your abilities, and love for others. Together, we learn these lessons, daily, and I smile watching you become…But, mostly…I want you to remember our time together, and the love we shared—no matter what you face, know you are loved, completely.
Gina Reed-Rivera, Dear Autism Mama
My Dear Son: Look at this journey we’re on! You were born into a family of peaceful activists, yet have taught us what it’s like to be truly courageous, how the depths of compassion run infinitely and endlessly, and that joy and beauty often appear in the least likely of places. You’ve shown me that I need to be all in if I’m going to get this parenting thing down and you’ve inspired me to reach out to other autism mothers, first for support, then to fill the gaps where supports do not exist. I started Project Dear Autism Mama: Letter’s of Compassion, Hope and Joy in your honor, son, because every child deserves to have a mother who sees the true beauty in her special baby’s and in this journey. And because every mother should feel understood and supported so that they can be the very best nurturer’s for their children. Because of you, honey, other kiddos will have mama’s that can be heard, present, mindful and compassionate. Now look at what you’ve done!
Karen Simpson, Autism Amazon
IIkeston, United Kingdom
“Thank you, my Whirlwind
I was the lady who…rolled her eyes at an 8 year old having a ‘tantrum’
I was the lady who…said “if you can’t control your children you shouldn’t have them”
I was the lady who…believed ADHD was a made up excuse for poor parenting
I was…a judgmental cow!
So, thank you my Whirlwind
You have made me…less impatient
You have made me…stop and smell the roses
You have made me…kinder and more caring
You have made me…understand what is REALLY important
You have made me…a better person!
In return for these gifts,
I promise…to love you
I promise…to fight for you
I promise…to accept you for who you are
My little Whirlwind”
Brooke Carruthers Twine, Autism Seriously?
My precious boy, we are joined in this life’s journey and because of that your happiness is my happiness. I promise to love you and to approach the good times with joy. I promise to approach the bad times with understanding and not give way to frustration. I promise to look to the future with optimism and not be clouded by fear. I promise to hold your hand, walk by your side and to be your champion.
Jessica Wade, MicahBoyGenius & MicahBoyGenius Foundation
My son: I was in love with you before you were born, staring at photos of you when you were no larger than my hand. The day you were born brought such joy into my life and all that mattered to me was that your hopes and dreams might come true. I gave you to the Lord and declared that you would do great things with your life in His name. Autism hasn’t changed any of these things. Autism has served to strengthen my resolve and hold true to my dedication to you. I need you to know that I will always fight for you. I will speak when you have no voice. I will stand when you cannot stand. I will run when you cannot run. I’ll wipe every tear from your eye and be by your side when you’re afraid. I will dance when you want to dance, spin when you want to spin, and I will let you teach me how to fly! My son, I want you to know, the Lord will continue to lead us and you will never ever walk alone!
Darcel White, The Mahogany Way
I have learned that you cannot be the parent of a child on the spectrum and be soft spoken. You need to have Mama Bear ready at all times—because there are people who do not understand Autism. They will tell you that it’s your parenting, that your child needs to learn to work around you, or that Autism doesn’t exist. You will learn to advocate for your child, and you will find this strength about yourself that you didn’t even know you had. You will be tired, you will be challenged, but you will also develop a deeper love and respect for your child.
I do not think of Aspergers as this terrible disability. I do not think of my daughter as something that needs to be fixed and molded to fit into society. I think society needs to accept her for who and how she is—and that is beautifully and wonderfully made.