Max loves swimming

Max loves swimming
Max is a Special Olympics Swimmer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Reality


Listening to a group of teenagers who are Max’s age have a conversation on their jobs, driving, dating, putting papers in to serve a mission and college forces me to face reality. Reality that Max may never drive, have a regular full-time job, attend college or serve a mission like his brothers did.
My tears came as I heard their plans. Max’s plan is to learn to live independently. To be able to wash his own clothes, know how to get home from a mile away from our home, learn to cook and be able to relay complete instructions or directions to another person. So much goes into helping him be able to be independent. My goal as his mother is to help him achieve what he feels is important.
What is important to Max is someday having a family and a job that will support his family.
I hope his goal can be reached.
I am blessed to have Max in my life. Why you ask? Because he has grounded me into realizing what really matters. Why we need to be humble, loving, and accepting of others.  We need to stop judging and focusing on other’s faults. Instead we need to see that what is important is being a Christ like example.
I need to continue to be a support to Max and help him be the best he can be. I need to help him see that not everyone is kind, loving and helpful. Through his eyes he doesn’t see the mean, horrible side of people, he only sees the beauty of others.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Max had a swim meet on March 2 for the Rio Swim team. He was so thrilled to meet
Melissa Belote Ripley, who is an American former competition swimmer,
three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.
She represented the United States at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.


Melissa Belote Ripley and Max at Evo Swim 



After his swim meet on Friday night Max had his swim practice with his 
Arizona Special Olympic Swim team Saturday morning.

The Arizona Special Olympics swim team are working hard
for the USA Games 2018, in Seattle this coming July. 

Max is learning the value of eating healthy and exercising. 



Fiesta Bowl Parade

Max walked in the Fiesta Bowl Parade with the Arizona Special Olympics Team and he loved it.



Max is the one wearing the red gloves. 
What an experience it was for Max to be in the parade.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Max's talk

While driving to Max's dad's office he shared his thoughts about when you want to eat seafood you have to fish for it and you also have to fish for money to buy it because it's expensive.
He sure knows how to keep us laughing. 

Max still tells me everyday that I'm beautiful and often I tell him, thank you, and other times I tell him I don't feel beautiful at that moment.
He always comes back with, "Mom you are always beautiful."

Last Sunday Max gave an amazing talk in Church on how he recognizes God in his life. My eyes watered watching and listening to him share his thoughts.
Never ever did I think he would be capable. 

He shared his thoughts about one of his favorite people, Brother Irvine. Brother Irvine has touched our family's life and we will never forget his influence on our family. He came to both my parents funerals to take care of Max while I spoke at their funerals. Both him and his talented, beautiful wife always came to our rescue.

Max also got his Duty to God award Sunday. Its an award that boys ages 12-18 can earn by reading  scriptures and doing service projects, plus many others things too. It was difficult for him to achieve, but he did it. I'm so proud of him. This month he is going to have his Eagle project. For his Eagle project he will help lead with Coach Eve, from Special Olympics, by running a Basketball event for special needs people. 

Max wanted to do an Eagle project that was connected to Special Olympics because he feels blessed with how Special Olympics has, and still does make him feel like he matters.
Special Olympics Rocks!

Max shared with my husband (Max's father) and I for two hours what he wanted in his talk.
Then, Max's father and him typed it. 

Max's talk he gave Sunday 

Recognizing God in our Lives

When I was young I had a difficult time communicating until I was over 5 years old.  I don’t remember much from that part of my life, but I remember one person, Brother Irvine.  Brother Irvine asked our Bishop for the opportunity to work with me in nursery. After his call to work with me in Nursery he attended primary with me until we left that ward when I was six years old.  I remember Brother Irvine was different than the other teachers.  He helped to calm me and even took me on walks and taught me about all the things that were around the church.  I remember asking him one time what happened to your hair, he was bald.  He told me that an ant eater ate it all. 
Brother Irvine still visits me and when I got the assignment to talk today on this subject, of recognizing God in our lives, I remembered how I believe Brother Irvine was sent by God to help me.  Brother Irvine is a brilliant man, he’s an engineer for NASA and he is autistic like me.  I believe God had his hand in putting Brother Irvine in my life and my family’s life.

When I was young I use to escape out of my house and dart for the main highway. My mother was grateful that one of our neighbors found me walking alone in the middle of the road and brought me back to my home.  I know God had his hand in my life.
Last year, Mom and I were in a rather serious auto accident.  It was discovered because of that accident that Mom had some serious medical issues that needed to be dealt with.  If the accident would not have happened, Mom may have still not have known about the issues.  I know God had his hand in my family’s life.
Fifty-five years ago, Roger was a milk man in Prescott Arizona and was impressed by a gas station attendant that was always happy.  He got the courage up to ask the man; “Why are you always so happy?”.  That is the start of my Mother’s parents learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am a part of the third generation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I am sure God had his hand in that man being an influence in my Grandfather’s life.
Doctrine & Covenants 59:21 
And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments.

Moses 1: 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

God’s entire work is helping us to gain eternal life and I know he puts people in our life to help us to get back to him. 
I hope I will always be able to recognize his hand in my life. 
I never want to offend my Father in Heaven. 
I know he loves us and I love him.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Max's Experiences


Max had his last high school invitational meet and
he was not happy with how he swam.
He had a cough that dragged him down. 
He kept asking me if I thought he would go to state for the high school.
I knew he wouldn't, because of how he came in last in every heat. 
All because of his nasty cough he had. 


Max at the invitational meet


Max in Coach Eve's Jacuzzi.

Behind him is Coach Eve and Coach Jonah 



Max got his Wisdom teeth pulled on Friday November 11th






Max did awesome with getting his IV in his arm. 



The drive home


    


Max coming out of the anesthesia



Here is Max with ice packs on his cheeks. 



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Max got his braces off

On October 11th. Max got his braces off!!! He had them on since March 2016. 
This last year and half have been difficult with brushing and flossing.
I flossed his teeth for over a year and decided I needed to find another way
to help him clean his teeth.
So we invested in a water pick which was a life saver.


Before braces off.



Max with his orthodontist and braces off.



High School last Swim meet