I love this picture, actually I think it may be my favorite picture of my little man! It's from Christmas Eve and after opening and arranging ALL of his presents from tallest to shortest (of course all of which were either trains, cars, dinos or bugs) he is perfectly happy. Most kids would be playing - mine organizes. I guess I can kind of laugh about that now because it's been almost a year since we found out he has autism. It's something that would have really bothered me even six months ago, but if there's anything I've learned in the past 10 months it's to love your children (family and friends) the way they are. Stop trying to change them because if everyone was the same this world would be a very boring place! I'm not advocating that we just throw out therapy and behavior modification, because we all know that's the best option for our little ones on the spectrum. But what I am advocating is just loving them no matter what. Sometimes the desire to change things that can't be changed leads to misery... the "what ifs." I'm one of those people, I'm a worrier, but in 2011 I have one goal - to focus on the positive instead of the negative! If JD can do that, so can I!