That Time I BEGGED Because I Needed Help

6 11 2019

I have a shirt for my 3yo son that says: Autism is fun most days. Today may not be that day.

If you’ve been around my blog for a bit, you know that my two youngest children are autistic.

You probably also know we have seven kids.

I bet you can make an educated guess that I’m tired. If I had the energy, I’d make a shirt for myself that said: Running on Fumes and Grace, because that’s how I see my life. It’s hard, I’m tired, but I know it could be worse and I’m grateful that it’s not πŸ™‚

That being said, I need your help.

Because of the autism, my 7yo is homeschooled. The school struggled to keep him safe from bullying because we never knew which child would take a swing at my son on any given day. There’s more to his story, and there’s a link provided further down.

I want him to be able to live his fullest life and I want him to feel safe doing it. So I reached out to an organization that trains dogs specifically for autistic children and we were approved.

This is really exciting, but scary. For me, this dog symbolizes hope. Hope for safety. For better days. For experiences like his neurotypical peers. For friends and positive peer interactions. For me, as a mom, it symbolizes hope for nights we get to have better sleep. Days we have less anxiety. Freedom for both us, because honestly, we overwhelm each other some days.

But it’s scary, because service dog’s aren’t cheap. Like way not cheap. And I see this hope just sitting there on the horizon with a wagging tail and bright eager eyes…and what if I lose it because I can’t find a way to come up with the money? Somedays, the hope of that dog – whichever dog it is – is what pushes me forward and keeps me going.

So this is where I start begging. First – I freaking LOVE this organization. They’ve done their best to make autism service dogs a possibility for ANYONE. They work on a pay it forward mentality. Whichever dog my son matches with, has already been paid for by someone else’s fundraising. The fundraising we do, pays for the next dog for another family who is in desperate need of hope. The organization itself is all volunteer run to help keep the costs of the service dogs down as much as possible. That being said, we still need to fundraise…$18,000.

I cry a little each time I say or write that number. In the beginning, I didn’t know how we were going to do that, but I took a leap of faith. Now, as we’re getting into it, things are starting to come together and kind people are stepping forward to help. I believe I’m living inside a miracle as I watch this unfold. It’s “magical” to watch.

So I’m asking you guys (begging) if you can help us out.


Here’s how you can help.

  1. Share this post. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  2. Straight donation (remember, donations are tax deductible) to his fundraising page here.Β 
  3. To help the organization continue moving forward, sponsors for events, and yearly sponsors/partners for the organization are a necessity – that’s what helps defray their costs. You can check that out hereΒ and download the sponsor packet if you’re interested – Just let me know πŸ™‚ One of the things I love about their set up, is that the fundraising isn’t straight cash. Getting involved and helping get needs met for the organization (like finding sponsors and partners) gives us credit toward the fundraising goal reducing the amount of cash we have to raise.
  4. Stay tuned! We have fundraising opportunities in the works. We have an exciting raffle we’re trying to put together, personalized gift opportunities, and more. As those things get finalized, I’ll post them here – so PLEASE share those as well.
  5. One of the ideas the organization has talked about is an organized charity motorcycle ride that benefits Paws4Autism. If this is something you can help with, please let me know πŸ™‚ Like I said, if I can help them, it helps me ❀

Thank you so much for stopping by today.





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