Sunday, April 19, 2009

Autism Walk

Yesterday was the Second Annual "All Out for Autism Walk" here in Arkansas. There were a lot more people there this year than last year, even though it looked like it could pour down rain any minute. Luckily, the major rain held off. It sprinkled a little, but it didn't keep us from doing the two mile walk with some really great friends we have made through the autism community. It was an amazing day. Here are some pictures from our fun time.

I have been so worried all year long about what I was going to do to keep Evan busy this summer. My prayers have been answered! He has been invited to participate in a program with a well-respected organization in our town to go to a class for four weeks where they will be training teachers to use a learning technique that works very well for Evan. I am SO excited about it because he will get the benefits from the class...two teachers working with him for four hours a day for four weeks...and more teachers will become trained in this teaching method. It will be great!

As if that wasn't wonderful enough, two moms that I adore have founded a camp for our kids for this summer. It is called A-Camp (An Awesome Camp for Kids with Autism). He will get to go have fun at "camp" on the weeks he is not in class! I am SO excited for him!

His mornings will be full, but we will get to come home in the afternoons to play. We are doing some improvements in our backyard for lots of summer fun and they should start this week. I'm so excited about this, too. More on all that later, but for now, it is something we are doing mainly for Evan. So far, there is just an orange stripe painted on our grass. Can you guess what this is going to be?

Hope you all have had a blessed day!


Kelly said...

That is awesome that you have all of those opportunities for Evan this summer!!! I know it's hard to deal with autism but I hope having wonderful resources helps! I know Evan probably loves all those things.
Are ya'll getting a pool????

Faith said...

I just love your family! Y'all are so precious. I am so thankful for all the ways God has answered your prayers for Evan this summer and I am excited about the opportunities he has. Can't wait to see what y'all are doing in the backyard!

Heather said...

So glad the walk went well...the weather has been so on and off the last couple of days!
I can't wait to see your backyard and am SO thankful that Evan will have a fun, full Summer!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

What a great day! It is wonderful that you can do this walk as a family. It sounds like Evan will have a great summer.

Traci said...

I love that y'all do the walk each year!

That is SO exciting to be a part of the training process. Perfect for Evan.

Tell me more about the camp. Is it one week? I believe we could stay with the in-laws for a week if Riley could go!

Is that going to be a tree or a pool?

Jacquie said...

What an awesome answer to your prayers!! I'm so excited for Evan.

Is it a basketball court?

Kelley said...

What a blessing that Evan has so many fun and educational things to do this summer. I am glad the weather didn't dampen the walk. Are you putting in a basketball goal or a pool? Can't wait to find out.

Candy said...

Evan's summer schedule sounds awesome!!! What great opportunities! Fill us in on the backyard project soon! I'm not good at guessing... :)

Amanda said...

What a blessing to have such wonderful opportunities for Evan! Are you getting a pool or maybe a playground???

Lauren said...

LAH, I just love you and and your family. That picture of D and E make my heart happy. I'm so glad the walk went well!

We MISSED YOU at the shower today. Megan got a lot of cute things and we ate until we couldn't eat anymore! :) And laughed a lot - of course.

Seriously, if that is a pool? There will be three women haulin' it from the 'Boro to come swim. ;)

Jenna said...

This post made my heart smile! Such a beautiful family making such a difference! Love it!

Is it a sand box??

Megan L Hutchings said...

I thought a lot about you this weekend and I am so happy the walk went well :)! I LOVE that Evan is wearing his "Hero" shirt. It is absolutely the truth.

What wonderful news about Evan's class and camp. That will be the perfect way to spend his summer :)!

p.s. I loved all of your prom pics! My favorite one was the black and silver dress.

Meagan said...

Are you getting a pool!?!?!

I am really excited for Evan this summer - that is great that you have TWO great things for him to be involved in! :-)

BTW, I love the pic of EG on D's shoulders at the walk... can you say CUTE!?!

Lindsey said...

Evan is truly a HERO!!!! And so are you! I know I've told you that before but you really are. Great pictures;)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day!! Love the pictures, especially Evan in his Hero shirt, it's so fitting!! I'm excited to see your backyard surprise!

Becky said...

Sounds like Evan is going to have a blast this summer!

Girl, are you getting a pool? If so, I'm gonna be jealous!