This was So hard to do - but I am glad I did it!

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This was So hard to do - but I am glad I did it!

This was really emotionally draining for me to scrap, but I am SO glad I did it now (a good cry later . . .)
My son has high functioning Autism. He knows he is a little different because he has severe gross & fine motor delay, severe stutter & speech problems, Autism, vision problems - but we have not actually TOLD him that he has Autism or what it is. I do not want him to use it as a crutch or feel like he has an excuse for not doing something - when he asks why he is different we just explain how God made everyone a little different, ect. ANYWAY I have NEVER done a scrap related to his Autism even though it has been a HUGE part of his life. So today I decided it was time, although I do not know yet if I will actually print it & put it in the book.
He has been doing this "arm hugging" throughout the day ever since he was a baby, although we didn't know it was caused by Autism back then. So I decided to just sort of pay a tribute to it, since it is a part of who he is and will probably never go away! This is a 2 page spread:

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I think you did a great job, very handsome little boy too

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You did an awesome job on these.
What a wonderful thing to pay tribute to, because what makes him unique does make him special Smile
Thanks for sharing them with us!

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:hugs: I think they are beautiful.

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oh, wow. That is incredible! And I think it's so neat that you devoted the pages to his arm hugging. What a special kid, and you're a great mom to him. I really think that he lucked out having a mom like you.

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I'm a teacher and this past year had a student in my class with Autism and an unknown genetic disorder. He is the most amazing kid! I loved having him in my class!

I love the pages!

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Great page and tribute!!!!

You did a marvelous job!!!

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that is fantastic!! what a great way to highlight one of your son's many qualities Smile he looks like a happy boy!! Smile

i know what you mean about scrapping being therapeutic for sure... the paper ones i've done have been of my dad who passed away last year and working on them helped me so much... and yes... along with the tears Wink

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Those are so sweet! Makes me want to give him a big ol' hug back. :)I'm so glad you shared them with us! What a sweet, handsome boy.

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How precious. You did a great job on the layout and Gage is just adorable. This gave me goosebumps. TFS

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Marvelous!

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Hugs! You did a beautiful job. He looks like a very special boy.

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:bigarmhug:
I think it is amazing. As a teacher I have worked with several autisic and downs children and I wish they could have have a wonderful mom like you.

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As a teacher I have worked with several autisic and downs children and I wish they could have have a wonderful mom like you.

AWWWW Thank you! You made my night! Biggrin

& TY everyone, i am glad you liked the layout. I was worried it was WAY too busy but I really wanted to convey a progression of time.

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i think it's absolutely beautiful! and so are your children!

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What beautiful pages! I thin you should DEF print them! Gage will really appreciate how proud you are of his cute little habit! I love them!

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Your post gave me goose-bumps too...
I LOVE it and really think you should print it out...He's such a beautiful boy!

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TY everyone! I know, he is my handsome heartbreaker! LOL The girls are gonna go nuts over him someday, he already wins the hearts of his little girl play friends ROTFL
I think I will go ahead & have it printed Smile I hope it will come off as a positive thing to him someday & not something I thought was "wrong" with him because I love him so much, including his ticks & quirky stuff!

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You really are a great mom. What a great page. It gave me goosebumps as well. Good job.

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That is beautiful! He is quite a handsom little man. Thanks for sharing this!

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great job!!!