Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, 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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Happy Gentle New Year

To All Our Dear Readers......
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
Thank you from all of us for your support and friendship.
We wish you much joy in the coming new year.

To continue my yearly tradition, here is some insight into the animal symbolism of the coming Chinese New Year.

Thankfully, the Year of the Horse is coming to an end.....so, was I right or what?
A fast, bumpy ride that is over already. Can you believe it?

Horse years are fast and furious. The status quo is disrupted, change (good or bad) comes about quickly. Horse years are all about motion. You may find that your life is much different then it was at this time last year. Things that happened, happened quickly.

Horse years are also about moving fast as an individual, running your own race and charging toward the finish line. Well, hang on to your hats folks for things are about to come to a rather abrupt stop. 

The speed and fury of last year is coming rather quickly to an end with the arrival of the Year of the Green Wood Sheep which will begin in February. Compared to last year, things are going to appear as if they are moving in slow motion.

Sheep years are not about movement, activity, or individual effort. They are about slowing down and working together as a passive, peaceful collective.

Sheep years are gentle years. They are about settling down and letting things happen naturally. The dust from last year's race begins to settle. Big steps toward peaceful resolutions are possible with the coming of the sheep.

Because this sheep year is green and wood, the calm, peaceful nature of the sheep is further emphasized making this a truly unique and tranquil time, a time for quiet walks in the country with the ones you love, group nature hikes or family camping expeditions. It is a time to relax and let nature take its course, cupids arrows are more likely to hit an object that is not in motion. Love is in the air.

A green wood sheep year is a time for spending with Mother Nature. It's about being outside, grazing quietly with others, giving us the time to think and reflect, a unique opportunity to put the events of last year into perspective. And although these years are about togetherness, like a flock of sheep, each individual's needs are met entirely with little to no effort exerted.

It is about nature, togetherness and rest. It is about finding our own peace by doing nothing but aligning ourselves with groups of quiet, gentle others.

Sounds like a refreshing change doesn't it?