Here We Go!

Sunday, October 6, 2019, First Night:  And here we go!! I can’t believe it!  I have arrived and checked into The Option Institute to attend The Son-Rise 5-Day Start-Up Program for Autism in Sheffield Massachusetts. From New Jersey to New England in October is a beautiful landscape for a 2.5 hour drive.  It was the perfect way to decompress from the hectic of everyday life and get my head exactly where it needs to be.

I am so ready to immerse myself into whatever is coming my way! It’s already a whirlwind and so crazy that I am even here!  Only a short 7 days ago at this exact time. I was on the phone with Nancy, the wife of a high-school friend, Nick, and now, a dear friend.  We had never met or spoken before, but we were Facebook friends and were keeping up on each others lives and similarities with our children.  My daughter is 12 and we had just received the ASD Diagnosis the month prior, after a mis-diagnosis of ADHD a few years prior.

I thought the diagnosis would come with some clarity and a path to help her.  I found it only added more confusion, questions and no clear direction.  I was looking for something more than just being happy with status quo.  I was feeling lost in what seemed to be only one option in our Educational world for our kids.  Nancy had reached out a few times and offered to chat, but I never took her up on it, until last Sunday night.  I guess I was ready to fully receive what she was here to share with me.  As I sit here writing, I am so thankful I did.

During the call, Nancy mentioned The Son-Rise Program. I can not explain the feeling.  I knew instantly it was something I needed to know more about and be part of.   As we were on the phone, I checked out the calendar on their web site.  It was another gift.  The next 5-Day Start-Up Program was only 7 days away, today.  Big sigh…it cost some money that I did not have, it was a sleep over in Massachusetts and it was for 5-days.  I needed to be there though and needed to try to make it happen. When something is supposed to happen in life, it is easy and this all fell into place pretty easily. Another sign that I am on the right path.  With the help of family, friends, The Autism Treatment Center of America and Summer’s dad, I am here.  We were able to get the car rides and sleepover help we needed as well, and as I am writing this, I am feeling so overwhelmed with gratitude for my blessings.

I feel right at home here in the middle of New England and the cooler weather. I can’t wait to see it all in daylight. Registration was a breeze and I caught a glimpse of the cafeteria.  The vibe is so peaceful.  I am really excited for these next 5 days!

This Jersey girl is living in the Mountain House this week with other parents from Romania, UK, Oman, Bosnia/St. Louis, and Canada!  Nothing like what I had expected and I am pleasantly surprised. We spent an incredible night of chatting at our kitchen table learning about each other.  So comforting to hear how much we all have in common and how similar our experiences have been.  They all have sons that are ages 6 through 8.  I have the only girl in the house.  She and I are the oldest, we all range in age from being born in the 60’s to the 90’s. .

I have butterflies of excitement and I can’t wait to see what this week has in store for me!  So far, so good!