March 17, 2015
Today is the day.
March 17, 2015 marks one year since our fateful day where we received Keller’s autism diagnosis.
What a difference a year makes.
A year ago we had a little boy who didn’t say any words and mostly communicated through grunts and cries.
A year later we have a little boy who talks and laughs and sings and dances and points and TRULY COMMUNICATES. Hallelujah.
A year ago we had a little boy who wouldn’t make eye contact and literally screamed when people entered his presence.
A year later we have a boy who has FRIENDS at school, in our community, adults who love him, and new admirers daily.
A year ago we had a little boy who was obsessed with trucks and elephants and nothing more and who would choose those objects above all else.
A year later we have a little boy who still adores trucks and elephants along with cars, all animals, dinosaurs, books, bikes, and almost any other toy you can think of, but MOST enjoys his toys when he can play WITH another person.
A year ago we had a little boy who wouldn’t eat hardly anything and we have battled with food every single day.
A year later we have a little boy who still struggles with food but is trying new food all the time and learning to love family dinner time.
A year ago we had two parents who were overcome with grief and fear by the word ‘autism’ and who felt their dreams and hopes were dying right before them.
A year later we have two parents who are filled with HOPE and VISION for their son and trust in a God who promises the best and abundant life for our little boy.
A year ago we had a diagnosis that rocked our world and threatened everything we knew.
A year later we have a diagnosis that is a gift, a challenge, a tool, and something we embrace so that we can help Keller to be the best little man he can be. We live with joy, hope, and trust in God’s promises.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR CAN MAKE.
God gave me this scripture at the beginning of 2014:
“The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory” – Psalm 118:14
Even in my darkest days God was always my strength and song and truly He has already given us victory. What a year it has been, one I will never forget. I will SING from the rooftops of what God has done in this year.
Happy diagnosis day, Keller James Prince.
We love you and love this journey with you.