My son Zach has 32 Zhu Zhu Pets. For the uninitiated, Zhu Zhu Pets are animatronic hamsters which, when activated, make a variety of noises (coos and purrs, as well as words and nonsense noises) and explore their environment; one can buy a host of accessories, as one would for a real hamster, but they … More Finding Zuzu
I wrote last year about my apple trees, which had primarily climbing trees for Zach. He’s not climbing those trees this year (probably because he’s grown so much; he’s moved on to an evergreen – cedar, I think – in the front yard), but something else is happening. One of the three trunks had blossoms, … More How Do You Like Them Apples?
I just came in the house and discovered Zach doing something wonderfully, hilariously neuro-typical*: While exploring in the yard, he evidently found what appears to be a beetle. He brought it into the house, and when I found him, he was carefully observing it walking around on our Dining Room table. He’s still absorbed by … More Great Moments in Being a Nine-Year Old Boy
Closing Autism Awareness Month by obsessing a bit over the fire in the grill. Although, to be fair, it was a spectacular blaze of hickory wood, which then produced delicious beef ribs and toasted marshmallows. After all, a 9-year old boy with autism is still a 9-year old boy.
Lest this seem to come out of nowhere, I want to flesh our an idea that we talked about in worship this morning, as we continued our journey through the New Testament letter 1 John: Have you ever thought about how you mentally frame God’s commandments? The language of “command” automatically starts our minds down … More Lawgiver, or Friend?