Christmas 2010

High Functing Autism

People with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome do not have the delayed language development that's typically found in people with autism. In addition, people with high-functioning autism have average or above average intelligence. However, they may show other behaviors and signs similar to what's seen with other types of autism: delay in motor skills lack of skill in interacting with others little understanding of the abstract uses of language, such as humor or give-and-take in a conversation obsessive interest in specific items or information strong reactions to textures, smells, sounds, sights, or other stimuli that others might not even notice, such as a flickering light Unlike people with other forms of autism, people with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome want to be involved with others. They simply don't know how to go about it. They may not be able to understand others' emotions. They may not read facial expressions or body language well. As a result, they may be teased and often feel like social outcasts. The unwanted social isolation can lead to anxiety and depression.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

God and volcanoes

Almost two years ago my Nana died of a long battle with Cancer. Carter knew her well and we lived at her house some when I was finishing college at Ouachita Baptist University. She loved kids and always had things for them to play with and kind words to say.Anyway when she died we explained things simply to him about death, going to be with God. he recently has asked more questions like Why did God have to have her? Or is she hurting still? What is cancer? What is sin?... but today came a questions I was impressed with. "If you are not with God when you die who are you with?" I told him when we sin we do not deserve to go to Heaven to be with God we go some where else. God is above the planets and the other place is like a vol canoe deep into the ground. he said "God is up and down is bad." yep!But when we ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives of our desires and forgive our sins we get to be with Him forever. To which he replies. "I don't think Coleman gets to be with God because of his sin, he hit me on the nose with a gun."
Uuuummm, well if he asks God to come into his heart he will be forgiven and get to see God all the time. he says "no, he will be in the vol canoe."

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

My family and I were talking about when Carter was born when he looks up and asks... was I born in a stable?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Happiness

During the Holidays I contemplate my family and my friends. I miss my Nana and cherrish the ones closest to me. Let me know what is most dear to you and what youv'e been doing this year.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dear God...

"Dear God, thank you for you send your son and he died. He died for all my sin and you came back to life in three days, and even though we can't see you you are here in our hearts and you live there." "Thank you for the world and humans, thank you for all the words and sentences. Amen"
This is what Carters bed time prayer was tonight. I thought I would burst I was so happy and proud of him. I told him that was the most precious prayer mommy had ever heard and he said,"Can I do it again?" so I said he could and this was the next one...
"Oh heavenly God, Saturn looks like it is bigger than all the others but its not, Jupiter is. All the humans bite and kick their friends like Coleman does but I get to go outside with daddy and play tanks(computer game).The End"
Not exactly as moving as the first but sweet just the same.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Shelbys a trumpet?

We went to Haughton High schools football game on Friday, it was Carters first football game of the season. We tend not to go to loud places if at all possible. We actually went to see Shelby play in the band.Their band is awesome and Shelby has done great this year. Carter was watching for him and he asked where Shelby was, so I told him Shelby was a trumpet. He laughed and gave me a funny look, "Shelby's not a trumpet mom, he's a human."
I forget he thinks so literally sometimes

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

babies to order

I was sitting on the porch swing this afternoon, watching the boys ride bikes and Carter gets off the bike comes over to me and...
Carter said "I wanna buy some babies, is there babies at the store we can buy?" "Can I order a boy kind and then a girl kind cuz I like boy kinds and you like girl kinds. Oh, we can share them." "Ill name him Car, and her, Tristan so they rhyme with us."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Where do you live?

Carter asked his teacher Mrs.Soucier , "where do you live?" She said she lived in Haughton to which he replied..."well I live in Louisiana, and if you go up, up, up and to the left you can see Mt. Rushmore too."

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Carter has never noticed girl/boys parts. Well the other day Carter came around the corner into my bedroom(I was naked) and gasped, ooohhhhh!! He said "Mom you look like an orangutan." Thanks Carter. The I asked Carter where did you see an Orangutan?
"LIFE presented by Target."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Growth Disorders - Skeletal Dysplasia - Novo Nordisk A/S

Growth Disorders - Skeletal Dysplasia - Novo Nordisk A/S

Precious prayers

When I was a little girl my family said Thank You prayers to God at night. No matter what bad or good was going on in our lives I remember thanking God. I have tried to teach mine not to repeat the same prayer over and over but to thank God from your heart. Since they are 4 and5 years old this comes in thankful praying.
We were eating lunch with my parents and they asked him to pray for the food. We bowed our heads, closed our eyes and I took a deep breath preparing for Carters sermon. Dear God, thank you for the giraffes, because who else would eat the leaves off the trees...and thank you God for the Elephants because who else would use thier trunks to spray water...and dear God why does the Elephants poop get so big, and dear God..." "AMEN" I kept repeating but to no use he was worshiping in his our geographical way. My dad almost laughed himself to heaven while the rest of us just smiled and enjoyed the simplicity of him.

It still smells like oatmeal

Everyday since he was 6months old Carter has been eating oatmeal for breakfast, almost religiously. Well one morning before we had gotten ready for school I see him sitting watching cartoons. I don't know how to put this delicately so here goes, he was playing with himself as any 5 year old does. nonchalantly sitting watching cartoons with his hand you know where. I explained for the 100th time that to touch your tee tee was gross and nasty. He put his fingers to his nose to a big whiff and said "nope, still smells like oatmeal."
What do you say to that?


Carter is in kindergarten now. He is so hilarious and serious at the same time. We go over homework most afternoons impatiently but even more so when he is tired. He is reviewing "T" words like train, turtle, two etc... any ways the are also going over concepts like patterns or rhyming. Rhyming words hap pend to be on this day, Bed-Red, pat-cat, sit...tit? "Tit" I say, "where did you hear that?' to which Carter replied. "I didn't heard it I made it up." whew that was a close one.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

piece of pizza

I was upset with Carter when we were trying to clean the playroom and said "you peice of..." and he giggled and said, "mommy you called me a pizza" oh the things they hear

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kristen Carter

Carter and I were having a rare moment of peace before going to bed. Coleman was asleep(thank God),Connor went out with friends and David was still out of town. Carter looks at me and asked ""Mommy, do I have Daddy's eyes, I said, Yes, you do love bug", "mommy, do I have daddy's hair?...hands?...nose?" "yes you do and you have "his belly and his hiney," I said To which Carter replied " but mommy, I have your heart"!

Friday, July 30, 2010

So a few weeks after schools ended, Carter started stuttering. I don't know why because he has never done this before. Its like he knows what he wants to say he just can't get the thought to come out. I was wondering if anyone had gone though this. It seems worse when he is tired or off schedule. I'm doing less sugar and more water in his diet. Hoping it gets better soon.

thats not my smell

I tooted in bed the other night and tried to blame it on Carter. I said ooh Carter you tooted to which he replied, no, no that's not my smell.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Flash Card Funny

Carter and I were going over flash cards and he did really well and said "thats a stinking record for my thinker"

Grandma is the President

Carter announced that Grandma was President, why? She tells everything she wants and she is older than all of the world.
We were watching FOX news at the time.

tasty bugs

Carter and I read a book called "Inside my Outside" by Dr.Seuss. It discusses your body, organs, bones, etc.. anyway we read about our taste buds and stuck out our tounges and looked at our taste buds. When David got home carter said Look at my taste bugs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I love your bed

I got an email from a person today who complimented Carter. She was talking to one of his PARAs and she was telling her how much Carter looked like his daddy. More like cloned from David, walks talks... anyway. She said the PARA talked on and on about how good a kid he was. It was so good to hear. He really does bring a warmth into my life. He is so kind and honest most of the time. He fell asleep in my bed at 6:50 tonight after school and playing outside he crashed. I tried to lift him into his bunk bed and I said I love you Carter to which he replied, I love your bed.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Carter has started to read a little bit here lately. Ill spell C-A-T and he says cat. Sometimes he needs a little help so Ill give hints or help sound it out. Well tonight he was so tired and I was trying to show him off a little to my dad. The word was BED, He said,BA,E,D, Bead. I said no and I said this is somewhere we need to go. And he said,Kilimanjaro?
Oh carter keeps me laughing.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I netflicked the movie "Adam" because someone suggested it. It is a movie about a man living with aspergers syndrome.The ups and downs of his life, jobs, women, partys and food. It was like getting a glimpse of Carter in the future. I recomend the movie to anyone with aspergers or parents who have kids with it. Not all kids are the same and it was funny to see things in Adam that i see in Carter. They both are obsessed with space and numbers. Cool movie!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Joy, Carter

Carter is eccentric.
Carter is like a big bear hug.
Carter takes everything very litterally.
Carter is polite, funny and extremely smart.
Life as Carters mommy has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. He has so many different levels and layers to his big personality. Concidering he probuly has Asperger he is an amazing child. I was just wondering if others who have kids like this feel as priviledged?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Carter Allan

Carter asked me the other day, "Mommy what is Eliza and Emmett's last name?" I answered Pratt of course. to which he asked another question, "Mommy what is their second name?" I said they did not have one yet and he could name them if he would like too, so he named Emmett our husky/German Shepard dog, Emmett Allan and Eliza our cat Eliza Allan. So cute since his name is Carter Allan. He the told me he named them after daddy and Papaw. SO cute.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dear John

Has anyone seen the movie "Dear John"? It was a good movie, ending sucks but it made me cry, laugh and lust, The guy was hot!!!! Anyways that is not why I am promoting this movie. It has Autism as one of the main subjects, the old and young. Go see it!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010


You know when your driving early on a cold foggy morning. You squint your eyes to stay focused and your fingers are cold. You may use fog lights or the defrost but you still can't see. I have felt like this for a while. I am walking and talking and doing my job but Im disconnected. Not depressed or psychotic just at arms legnth with my emotions, people and most painfully , God. Why do we shut out the ones we love the most? Why can't talk to the Father when it so easy, I feel nothing. We are hosting the senior girls for D- Now (deciple now) weekend and the message tonight was on loving ourselves. Why? Because we were created in His image, because He knew us before we were in our mothers womb, because we were fearfuly and wonderfully made. It was just the kick in the hiney I needed. God makes us all different for reasons we do not understand, or want. Thank you God for my uniqueness. If I was perfect, if I was content I would not need you.

Lucky in Love

I have some great men in life. My dad who is the best dad ever. He drove me to TN even though he had a busy day at work and needed to stay. He is also the best Grandpa to my boys. My Pop, is so great. He let me live with him while I was in college, and always encouraged me when I thought I couldn't do things. He loved my Nana well and prayed with her everyday. Then there is my husband David. We have been through a lot, he gets frustrated with me and I him but the cool thing is he makes me a better person. He wants the best for me and reins me in when I dream big (with my emotions). God couldn't have picked a better man for me. He loves crestridge like I do and understands a world many men do not. He is the best thing in my life. I saved the best for last. God IS the man. I am in love with him and he sustains me through times of anger, joy, unfeeling, confusion and loss of dreams I don't understand. I am lucky in love. many different love many different ages, but all a blessing on this valentines weekend.

Monday, February 1, 2010


So many things have changed in the last several months, My Nana died of cancer, Dr. Coppenger died at 100 years of age, Coleman started his growth hormones, I started keeping little Jessi after school, I got a dog and a cat we basically adopted a teenage boy Connor and so much else. I have had to adjust to so much, but I have been blessed 10 fold. My cup runneth over... God has given me so much to give myself too and so many people to love I feel joyful

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pop talks but Nana doesn't

Carter celebrated 100 days of school today. They had to dress up like a 100 year old man/woman. He wore a collard shirt, khakis, a tie and an old man hat. When he got out of the car this morning he told one of his teachers, he was Dr. Coppenger (my Pops friend who turned 100 a few months ago) and he needed 3 cakes . So cute.

When he got home today he sat in my lap and said "Pop talks but Nana doen't." He had tears in his eyes and a questioning look on his face. He asked why nana didn't talk anymore and if she had any hair. I told him Nana was in heaven now and she was happy. We talked and cried together, remembering times we shared with her. I told him that Nana loved him and me more than we'll ever know. She prayed for us on Tuesdays, she loved gummy bears. Scotcharoos, she loved Purple she adored Pop, she never tired of kids being around. I lived with her in college and remember she always needed a fire going, she could tell a story from her past with perfection and I never questioned her passion or love for God. She opened her home to more people in her lifetime than can be remembered. She cooked for people and her pool was never empty in the summer. Carter said he missed her and he wanted to go into the clouds to see her. All I could say was someday we will see her again because God loves us and God loves Nana

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Eye Lashes

I have beautiful, thick, long eyelashes. Or I should say...had them.
I had a horrible migrain on saturday and took some tylenol pm and some ambien so I could sleep. When sleep I did. I guilted my dad into visiting me the next day?
I wore some appauling lingurie for David?
Then I was putting on my makeup for church when I realised that my eyelashes on mu left eye were cut, knobby, chopped. Gone!!
No more ambien for me

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Training Wheels

We took Carters training wheels off today. He has been riding the bike with broken training wheels for months so I do not know why I was supprized that he did so well. He acted like he had been riding with out them forever. He is growing up too fast. Then there is Coleman who has been riding his scooter all the way around the block since Christmas. They are great Boys.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Nurture or Nature

I had Carter and he was a fairly easy child. He would shop with me and take naps when he was supposed to. He was content and sweet. So I thought, "I am such a good mom" you know, like I was why Carter was so sweet. SO though again...never a good thing, Ill have another baby. It will be easy ,just like Carter was. Wrong! CoCo had colic and cried all the time. He never slept and had the worst allergys possible. He wouldn't nurse, he didn't like when I sang to him. He would grunt "uh uh". Carter to this day falls asleep to me singing to him and even asks to be sung too and coleman say he doen't like that song or shush mommy. Kids are so different. I did the same things with both of them and they are as different as night and day.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Carter has always loved to spell his name outloud. C-A-R-T-E-R, CARTER!
Well, we were getting ready for bed lastnight and I looked over and his eyes were half shut I said, "You are tired" He pouted and then got tears in his eyes . So I explained that he had to get up early the next day and go to school so we need to get in the bed earlier. He then smilled my favorite smile and said " You said I was tired but I am C-A-R-T-E-R, CARTER!
Goodness gracious he is funny.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Carter's Magic Trick

Carter waltzes in from the playroom in his undies...again. It is only 32 degrees in the house. He has the biggest grin on his face (I can't resist) and says, "My tee tee has Magic". I panic... Magic, uh I'm not ready for this conversation. He is only five. I tell myself to calm down and ask "What did you say, sweetie" Which he says again, "my tee tee has magic." he holds up a quarter drops it in his underwear and says, "now you see it, now you don't." whew!!! I'm glad he explained that one.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Carter is so hillarious. He is this chubby, tall, incredably sart five year old. He says things sometimes that make me laugh out loud. On Christmas day my dad was reading a Christmas book, he stops and talks to the boys about how some people are poor and some are wealthy. To which Carter replies "Im not poor" dad asked how he knew that and he said "because I have a Wii." wow so matter of factly.
He loves to bowl on the Wii. Carter can tell how many pins he knocked down but also yells out how many he needs to get. Adding and subtracting already. If he does not win he says "you cheated" I have no idea where he got that.