Yesterday, I just couldn't think straight to name all I have to be thankful for. This morning I woke refreshed and renewed with the help of my son having a good morning. After having so many difficulties with him the past week, today we seem to be on a turn-around. His medication has again been changed and we've been weaning him off the new, getting him back on the old. And though he was still much more flighty than before we started his medicine changes, he was much more calm and collected. So, I have hope. My thanks for today comes in the form of me. I am thankful that I am the mother to my son. I am thankful that I am willing to do all it takes to help him along in life. I am thankful I was entrusted to his care and that I have taken on that role with a passion. I am happy I have tools (the internet, friends, doctors, books, etc) to help me learn more and gain new insight into autism. I am thankful that I have a husband who supports me completely in this journey, and gives me respect even when our views on autism and how to handle our son varies so greatly. I am thankful for my little guy, who has to deal with the trauma of autism and just accept it as his life. I am thankful I have taught my children how to love and how to be accepting. I am thankful that I give my everything to be a good mom, and even though I sometimes feel like I am failing, I know that my children are nurtured, loved, well cared for, and growing up healthy and strong. I am thankful that this is my life. It takes so much work, so much energy, so much pain and care and giving of yourself to be a mom. But I do all of that and with the exception of our äutistic meltdowns, my kiddos are generally happy guys. I am thankful that I am their mom, and that I am a loving mom. I may not always do everything right, but I do my best. And I love my kids wholly and completely. And today, that's what I have to be thankful for. For being their mom, doing my best, and seeing the results of my efforts in their smiles and laughter. I am thankful!