Saturday, May 31, 2008

Bake Sale Items for Wednesday, June 4, 2008

If you would like any of these items, please come see me on the dialer team and hand me your order, or simply email me at Money will be due the on the day I bring your order to you.

Remember to send your order to On your order please place your name, your leaders name, if you are on the yellow or the blue side of the building and what you would like to order. also it will be helpful if you put in what day of the bake sale it is for to help me keep track. Orders must be in by 5P the night before the sale date.

Rice Crispy Treats: $1 no nuts but dairy
Peanut butter Rice Crispy Bars: $1 nuts and dairy
Rhubarb Cheesecake Bars $1.25 nuts and dairy
Raisin Bran Muffin $1.00 no nuts but dairy
Whopper Fudge $1.50 1.5"x1.5" piece of fudge dairy no nuts
Caramel Apple Cupcake $1.25 nuts and dairy

If you have sporting events that you think people would want to buy any baked goods, let me know. Also if you know of any other businesses that would like any baked goods delivered, let me know. I would be happy to do so! Spread the word! Word of mouth is the best advertising ever! If you would like to order something by the pan, let me know and I can come up with a price for that also. If you know a neighbor or anyone that would like baked goods, send them the link and they can give you the money for you to take it home for them. If you know of a business that would like me to bring baked goods to, send them my link here. I would be all to happy to do so.

By all means, please spread this web site to others, as we not only want to raise funds for my brother, but, in all reality we want people to know about autism, and about Aspergers syndrome. We want people to know, and continue teaching their kids that it is not nice to make fun of other people or use hurtful words. When someone calls my brother stupid, or retarded, he internalizes it and it often comes out in forms of anger and melt downs. We want people to be aware of signs and symptoms, so they can get the proper help for their children if they see the signs. Better to be safe than have your kids turn 15 before they properly diagnose them.

If you have fund raising ideas, please let us know. We have friends at work that are going to have a car wash to help Taylor. We have some friends that are organizing a yard sale and collecting donations to help Taylor. We have friends that are wanting to put on a benefit concert for Taylor, so we are looking for a place to be donated that will hold a lot of people and find local entertainment for that. Keep your ideas coming.

Autism fact of the day! Early signs of autism is a great memory on one fact but not on a lot of different subjects. My brother Taylor, had delayed speech. He didn't learn to talk until he was about 2 for simple words. He knew mama, and sis but didn't communicate well due to very little vocabulary. Yet, when he did start to speak, he within months could identify many different kids of dinosaurs from books and movies. He was sort of an expert on the subject. He would talk about them often and was a bit fixated on them.

A Mother's Thoughts On Her Son With Autism

I have agreed to help my daughter do this site to help keep people informed on Autism, or what I know of it. I am certainly no expert on the subject, yet, in many ways, perhaps I am. Well I am on one particular boy's autism or form of autism, and that is my son Taylor.

I have three GREAT, and AMAZING kiddos! My oldest, Amanda, (this is her project) is 20. She is my creative one. She is my one that thinks outside the box. She is my one that is always determined when she puts her mind to it, and, since I am her mother and can say this, I would also say that she is our stubborn one. She at times has this rock outside as she is afraid of hurt, (like the rest of us) and this soft gooey center and a heart of gold. She is a leader, but she used to be a follower, she has grown. She is the one that makes me laugh until it hurts, and my biggest supporter most of the time. She is artsy and thoughtful and strong, and just a neat young lady.

My second child, Taylor, is my son with Autism. He is more reserved than some, but he really does want to fit in, in his own way. He is my computer whiz. He is my video game expert. He is my son that wants to do the right thing but lives on impulses, so often the things he does are inappropriate, and it starts a vicious cycle. He then gets mad at himself, then that gets him depressed. He does not know how to communicate feelings other than anger. The anger is from being hurt and teased and being many horrible names. (If you are reading this, and you use the word retard all the time, you are one of the people hurting my son, so please choose your words wisely. If you want to use the word, that is your choice, I just wanted you to know that it is hurting someone, somewhere!!!) He was my biggest fan for many years when I was a single parent. Then my husband became his new Idol, and in fairness, he also became a huge fan of Taylor. Taylor loves to camp and go crabbing. He loves to ride his bike and ride his rip tide. He really tries to make new friends, but sadly enough, the only kids that befriend him are friends with no supervision in their lives, or their parents care of their future. They are kids that tell him they will protect him from kids that tease him. Taylor is not a leader, he is a follower. He won't provoke a situation but he won't stop it either. Again, this has to do with his Asperger's and his inability to communicate effectively and lives by compulsivity. He has been diagnosed with Aspertger's, ADHD, and ODD. These in combination are all so difficult for him to handle, and switching his meds are tough as it might start to do things to the other disorders. He has a disability. I love him just as much, and he is just as perfect in my eyes as my girls.

Our daughter Carlie is three. She is funny and she keeps us amused. She is learning so much and is always so full of questions. She loves playing with her friends at daycare. She is nuts about her dad. She is talkative and sometimes too much so. (that is definitely from my side of the family). She loves to watch the hula dancers and she loves being doted on. She loves her Mimi and Bubby (as she refers to the older kids). She loves to color and sing, use sidewalk chalk and blow bubbles. She loves hop scotch, playing on her toys outside and holding worms.... yes you heard me... holding worms!

I have told Amanda that I will help her keep this site up to date with things that I learn about autism and things we already know.

As our family goes through this hardship in our life, I want to thank the people that are helping us make it through. I have faith God will watch our family and be there for Taylor during this transition. Our family is strong and we have overcome many obstacles in life, and we won't give up, now, not ever.

Special thanks going out to some special people that have given my daughter much encouragement at work!
Kelly Wilson, your thoughtfulness and caring heart go beyond words my friend! You are one classy lady! You really didn't have to, and my heart swells with gratitude.
Jerry Wood, I appreciate that you think of my well being and my son's well being. I appreciate you so much!
Brian (not sure how to spell your last name sir)... You are the meaning of living Aloha ! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.
Patty O for the thoughtfulness in giving.
ChristyO, for being there spreading the word and supporting our family
Sheila Webb for always being so thoughtful and such a giving heart.
Sandra for sending tamales home for my family. What a sweet gesture.
Jon, Crystal and Cory, thanks for understanding I need to get myself together. Thanks for believing in me when I don't, and thanks for supporting my family.
Karen Felix for all the encouragement and getting Amanda information on tournaments she can sell things at.
Chelsea for helping Amanda with ideas on raising money in other ways, and loving rhubarb so much to order a full cake.
Jollene for buying a bulk order of lemon bars from Amanda.
All of the friends helping Amanda bake and keeping track of what is needed and keeping her strong.
Rich: You are a kind man. Your words meant a lot to Amanda and I appreciate that.
Tinkerbell; the name is unknown, but someone has left $1 coins on Amanda's desk but will not fess up to it.... I understand, sometimes the best gifts are unknown gifts, but know that you are appreciated!!!
Sandie Fix: Loving the pickle surprise baby!!!

Last but not least (and I know this list will grow and grow)
Spencer, not only helping spread the word, but also helping sell, and keeping Amanda's idea strong and encouraging her.

I appreciate the prayers and support. You know, this reminds me of a poem that I love, when it was translated. It goes like this:
When the Nazis came for the communists
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

This is definitely not the same situation, but it can have yet another translation. We are all going to need help from one time or another. A death in the family, a sickness in the home, a disease that is newly discovered, the break up of a relationship or marriage. We are here on earth to help each other. We never expect to be in need of help or support, but plain and simple it happens. That is why it has always been big for my family to help the homeless with sack lunches, help those in need during the holidays, helping someone because they have no money until payday, and they might need food, gas, or help paying their electric bill. What happens is it also teaches others to give of themselves. It makes the world a better place. Most of the time we are on the giving end, and I promise you it is so much nicer on that giving side, yet with the stories Amanda tells me, my heart grows so touched by people helping our son. I will try to post daily thoughts on autism. Right now, I have been on the computer for over 20 minutes and I need time to gather my thoughts, and I think I have just started a gull bladder attack and it is too painful to write. Sorry!!!