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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My blog friends with autistic children know that every little step
of progress is something to be celebrated! Last week, their
teacher called me in the middle of the day.
Usually, this is not a good thing...to hear her voice on the
phone while they are at school with her! But this time
she said she had good news! As most of you know,
the triplets are non-verbal. Spencer can say a few
requests, saying, "I want...". Alex can not say anything.
Harry says only 2-3 words... very garbled, but we know
what he is saying. Anyway, his teacher was calling to say
that she asked him what his name was and he
answered "Huh-wee". Yay! She thought it may have been
a fluke, so she took him around and had other people ask him
what his name was, and he continued to answer "Huh-wee".
They even visited the principal so she could ask! LOL!
I was excited when I hung up the phone and laughed
at the curves life throws at you. At 16 years of age,
we should be celebrating those driver's licenses
and first dates and instead we are thrilled at Harry
answering a simple question. But in some ways, it's
more of a miracle than when your toddler does it for
the first time... and seems even sweeter because of
the long wait. So celebrate with me! Even days later,
Harry is still answering that question correctly. And I
wonder if he thinks we are crazy asking that over and
over when we obviously know who he is. LOL!
So, thank you, God... for simple, small gifts
that spur us on in this endeavor! :)

60 comments:

  1. How exciting! What an accomplishment for Harry!

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  2. Isn't that a little miracle !
    Sometimes it's all about the small steps in life, High-five lads !!

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  3. This is the happiest, most wonderful bit of news I've heard all day! Way to go, Harry!

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  4. So sweet! Kind of like an early Valentine's gift for you. Thanks for sharing it with us too.

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  5. Yay! This brings tears to my eyes. We have those moments with Stephen also and like you we are always over the moon. It is those baby steps of progress that keep us going, isn't it?

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  6. This made me cry. I can't wuite put my finger on the emotion or who it is for, but tears are running down my face.

    Yeah, Harry!!!! (clapclapclap)

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  7. Tracey ~ aww...thanks very much.

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  8. Harry's awesome accomplishment has made my heart sing today Betsy, bravo, bravo to your gorgeous boy!
    Millie ^_^

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  9. Oh Betsy... That brought tears to my eyes. Your sons must have great teachers---who love them like you do. That is just so special!!!!

    Miracles do happen. Thanks Be to God!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. too darn sweet...Congratulations Harry!

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  11. So glad for Harry and even more so for you Betsy! Kudos Harry!

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  12. Definitely something to celebrate! In spite of our existing in a cynical world where so many have an outlandish sense of entitlement, things like this force us to thrust minor complaints and self-centered feelings aside. These "minor miracles" help us put things in perspective, and share in others' joys and accomplishments instead of wallowing in our own petty interests.

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  13. I do celebrate with you, Betsy!! That is a great step for Harry!! Yea!

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  14. Betsy, I love your write up for this. You are truly an incredible woman how you view things. this is such an endearing post. Yeah for Huhwee too!!

    ..and yes, i'm sure he thinks in the back of his mind you are all half barmy.

    LOL, just saw the Fisher Girl. That Skip! Did he view that with his Skip thingmabob monitor that acts as a camera. Very sweet indeed. LOL.

    So, i have to jsu task you this--how convenient to time being gone for the auction (As your status says) all day so the Mister has to be Mr. Mom all day...adn jsut in time for Valentines! Hmmm... ulterior motives? Yes, he wil most likely fall madly in love with you all over again when he again realises once more all your do for everyone to keep your family rolling along and knit together.

    Good luck with that!

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  15. God is faithful! I am celebrating with you.

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  16. That is wonderful news! I am so happy for you! If I were there I would hug you and your entire family! :)

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  17. Bless you, Betsy, and congratulations to Harry. Sometimes the little things are the biggest things of all.

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  18. What a milestone Betsy.... I celebrate in my heart, right along with you, for I understand. Fully. :c)

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  19. Betsy,
    Congrats to all of you for this wonderful news. I'm excited with you and for you. All of your boys are filled with love. I want to give Harry a big hug! God is good.
    Love, Unks (The Bach)

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  20. Way to go, Harry!!! This is such exciting news!!!

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  21. Harry Is Building Bridges! What A Nice Thing To Be Happening.Well Done Harry & Well Done You & The School For Listening-Out For Him.

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  22. This is wonderful Betsy. Hooray for Harry.

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  23. Exciting news. It's also nice that the teacher called to share the good news.

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  24. How awesome for Harry (and for you too)!

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  25. YEAH for sweet, sweet Harry!!

    I can only imagine his thoughts when he is asked his name a dozen times a day...as if everyone who have known him ALL these years have suddenly FORGOTTEN his name!!!

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  26. This is awesome news, Betsy!
    Way to go Harry!!!

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  27. your story is so sweet, I don't even know Harry and I am so proud of him, I even have tears in my eyes.

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  28. OK, enough .... tears in my eyes now! But seriously, this is indeed a huge milestone and I celebrate Harry from the depth of my soul!

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  29. I love. Love. LOVE this! It totally made my day! Way to go Harry!! :D Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful accomplishment, Besty.

    BTW, I'm at a crossroads for communication with Clee. PECS just dpn't seem to be fitting. What has worked best with your boys?

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  30. such a special milestone betsy...i really like the photo of him

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  31. That is so wonderful! You must be so happy. Go Harry! Go Harry! That is a special Valentines Day gift!

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  32. Hurray for Harry from Tokyo, Japan! What a wonderful moment for you & your family. And how kind too of the teacher to call you to tell you in details. This made me smile & made me cry too. Happy Thursday!

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  33. Mr. Fox ~ that was a very wise and profound comment...and oh, so very true!

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  34. And....Mr. Fox...I love that backwards acrostic! I would imagine that is even more difficult to do that the regular time. Thank you so much! It's going on my side bar when I get a minute this evening! xo

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  35. Natalie ~ sorry about the PECS not working. Spencer and Harry have moved on from that to an electronic device where you type on something like a computer keyboard and your words show up on a screen and a voice says the words. But they are very proficient at the typing. Alex, on the other hand, is still using PECS which good success.

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  36. Thanks so much for celebrating with us, everyone! We're pretty excited! :)

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  37. Go Harry! How wonderful that he has excellent adults in his life promoting his every milestone.

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  38. Betsy, I'm so glad you liked the backwards acrostic. See? I'm not always icy.

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  39. Mr. Fox, no you aren't but..then...I already knew that, didn't I? ;)

    OK..I need an acrostic about you! Give me a few days and I'll come up with one.

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  40. Wow, a lot of ways you could go, there. You could take the easy route and do "David," use "David M. Lynch," or do "The Silver Fox." (I'd love to see what you'd come up with for "X.") And there's always the Foxster, but that's a character, not really me. Any way you tackle it, I'm looking forward to it.

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  41. Working in a high school with a populaton of many autistic students, I understand your celebration!
    Cheers!

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  42. What a wonderful mother you are. They are lucky to have you as their cheerleader.

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  43. Oh Betsy, what a beautiful post!

    HOORAY for HARRY!!!

    And a great big (((HUG))) for Mom!

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  44. Betsy, how wonderful! I'm celebrating with a tear of joy. I love it.

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  45. I have no words... only tears of joy. Your blog touches me like no other.

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  46. Wanda ~ oh, thank you. You are a sweetheart! :)

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  47. Betsy, I just read this ... once to myself...then the Colonel walked by to ask, "What is it?"
    I was just biting my lower lip and shaking my head...I read it aloud to him...and we see TWO miracles...of course Henry's accomplishment...but even more powerful...your sense of humor and acceptance and love all rolled into one spirit! Yes, thank you, God! Peace be with you, Betsy! And HURRAH for Harry!

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  48. This just put my emotional self over the edge tonight. Thank you, God, for the special miracles that remind us that you do love and care for us in very specific ways.

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  49. Jilly ~ oh, I know. I have to remind myself ...or maybe I should say God has to remind me...often!

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  50. What a sweet gift - to say one's own name is huge, actually! Give him a congratulations pat on the back for me!

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  51. We are so blessed with what you share with us about all your men! But this post is so very special and brings such a smile to my heart.

    HOORAY FOR HARRY!!!!!!!! Please hug and kiss him from me... but for heaven's sake... don't ask him his name! Oh heck! Go ahead!

    Love and hugs,
    Suzanne xxoo
    (taking a while to get caught up on posts!)

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  52. congrats! we have an apraxic child and it is the little words they say that just brighten up our day!

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