Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Autism Awareness Giveaway, Week 4!!

I can't believe it's the end of the month. Thanks for everyone who stopped by to read life from our perspective. I hope you went away feeling enlightened and uplifted.

There are so many things to read on autism. So many positions one can take on the topic : opinions, facts, what's real, what's true, what's not.

 Where do you stand?

I am not here to tell you where to stand, or sway you one way or another. I am just here to share bits and pieces of our story in hopes to spread awareness; awareness that everyone is different, and we all need to be loved and valued.

So it is my hope, that maybe, if you are the anxious mother who is up doing google searches on autism at odd hours of the night, or maybe you're on the spectrum and you're just feeling a little alone right now, or you're the dad who wants to connect with his son or daughter, or the sibling of someone on the spectrum- maybe, you will find this blog. And you will read. And you will be comforted, uplifted, and inspired.

That is my hope.

 That completely away from Autism Society of America, Autism Speaks, TACA, and any other organization or research study, or whatever; maybe you just need to read- to laugh, cry, and connect with simple experiences from a simple family. Maybe you just need to feel emotions. And maybe that is just what you needed tonight. Maybe you just need to know you are not alone. Because no matter how much support there is, no matter how much information there is out there, the road is still lonely at times. And you are not alone!

That is my hope.

And so this week's giveaway is a little different. I was reading Stellaluna with Lane this week and came to this page:

They perched in silence for a long time.
"How can we be so different and feel so much alike?" mused Flitter.
"And how can we feel so different and be so much alike?" wondered Pip.
"I think this is quite a mystery," Flap chirped.
"I agree," said Stellaluna. "But we're friends. And that's a fact."

I have read this wonderful story many times. And every time I get to this page, I have to pause and think about the wisdom of these little birds and bat. And I am thankful to the author, Janell Cannon, for giving the world the story of Stellaluna, and it's beautiful message.

So this week's giveaway is:
by: Janell Cannon

*You do NOT have to be a follower to enter.  
*I will have one copy of a different book every week, so be sure to check back weekly.
 *One winner will be announced every Friday, and a new book drawing up on Mondays.
*To be entered in the drawings, please leave your name and a way to contact you in the comment area of this post.  Also, we are all effected by autism in one way or another: tell us about it in your comment if you like

Thanks for stopping by.


Brooke said...

Loved every single post. (Can't believe the month is already over!) My favorite though was the tae kwon do post. I have my own health issues going on right now and with the messed up hormones comes a lot of depression and anxiety. I am thinking I need to follow race's lead...not so much with running. I hate running. Sorry Teddy {wink} but the punching bag is a thought. But really the part about pushing myself instead of shutting down and sitting on my butt not functioning. Good stuff.

Love you! All you Armstrongs!!

Jennifer Lewis said...

Everyone is different. So we are all the same. Love you and your family

Michelle said...

I always love reading whatever you write. You are inspiring and inspired! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the "Mockingbird". I look forward to reading it. I read the story of the boy befriending a child who has autism to the children. This listened attentively. I hope it sinks in because undoubtedly, they will encounter this situation.

Anonymous said...

I love that story and your story. Love you Mom

Julie Bosen said...

Hi Teddy! The book for this weeks sounds sooooooooooooo cute. I have never heard of it. I will buy this book if I do not win it! You are great! I love your page and will send it on to Kristy. Love, Julie