Ashley came into the world on February 14, 2000.
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The problem was I believed I could fix my child. I believed that if I worked hard enough that I would find the one component that would cure her. I felt like I was standing in a field of flowers and if I picked the right one; autism would disappear and if I picked the wrong one(s); we would remain in this abyss. I got so focused on the treatments; I lost sight of my child. Then one day I realized I was putting my faith in myself, diets, programs, vitamins, etc., instead of God. The Bible tells me Ashley has a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11), all things are possible with God (Matt 19:26), God is love (1John 4:8). It was then I realized I needed to focus my energy on God and Ashley and the rest would come. I'm not saying those treatments are wrong or invalid. Obviously many families have had miraculous results using these methods. But for me, my heart was in the wrong place and I was going against my faith by elevating them above God and going into debt to use them. I learned to love God and Ashley and to let go of my plans, so I can follow his plans for our life.
Today, Ashley still has autism and our other children also have some special needs. We are an average family living on a tight one-income budget. My job is to educate and advocate for my children. We use all different methods to work with them. We love our children and our life and we trust God. We let go of our old hopes and dreams - but God has replaced those with new ones. Ashley is still that same baby with all that potential - God's plan for her is just different than I anticipated.