Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


As you all know, Nicholas, the youngest member of our family, has been diagnosed with the longest list of medical conditions. He has seizures, scoliosis, flat feet, hypotonia, hypothyroidism, physical and cognitive delays, slowed digestion and an intense and uncontrollable hunger, to name just a few of his afflictions.

Why is it then that he exhibits the most healing energy?

He possesses a calm, inner spirit.

He is quietly present.

He expresses himself from his heart,

leaving his head and tongue silent and peaceful.

It is interesting to me to notice how Mother Nature responds to Nick's healing energy.

There was our cat Bandit who followed Nicholas throughout the house, a black and white shadow accompanying the happy boy from room to room.

Even Flash, our fast-moving, frenzied feline and latest addition to the Peters family, is somehow calmed by Nick's presence.

Seen here terrorizing poor Muffy
He is somehow subdued by Nick's gentleness
Our visit to the park last summer included another "nature shadowing" from this little duck
who followed Nicholas

and everywhere
(when I approached with food, the duck quickly fled)
 He returned to Nick's side when I was a safe distance back on shore with Weston
Weston, on the other hand, has a more playful energy.
He is all about action, fun, freedom.
He is happiest when he is moving.
Mother Nature responds to him in a faster, more energetic way.
It is interesting to me to notice that he seems to attract the attention of horses.
We have taken several vacations where a horse has taken an instant liking to the spirited boy. 
(Since it is the Year of the Horse, I suspect it will be a good one for Weston)
In parks, playgrounds and pools, bands of little children are instinctively drawn to him.
The Pied Piper and nature boy leading his entourage.
What "similar energy" do you attract?