Project Life | Week 9 Twenty 12

Project Life | Week 9

Hello everyone!! I’m finally back from my work trip to Taiwan! I’m so sorry for my week long absence as I don’t have access to any computers when I was in Taipei. I didn’t bring along my lappie with me because I knew I will be too tired to blog when I’m working out of town. I came home last evening but I was too tired to pop in here and moreover, I was too busy catching up with my family. Oh how I’ve missed my boys! Well, they were certainly thrilled to have me home and I’m cant be more happy to be home!:D

I’m trying to catch up with lost time and would love to share my Project Life week 9 spread. They were actually ready last Sunday but I couldn’t find time to post them and wanted to wait until I return home to do so.

So, here are my pages for week 9 and I hope you’ll enjoy looking at what’s going on in the week.:)

My left page is from the back of my week 8 using Design D pocket page, from my Big Variety Pack which I purchased  from Scraplicious, the main distributor for Becky Higgins Project Life products in South East Asia and Japan.

On the right page, I reverted to Design A pocket page, which is one of my favorite protectors from Becky Higgins collection.

I used products from my own stash, lots of scraps, Becky Higgins Clementine and blank journaling cards,  “Then & Now” journaling cards from Paislee Press I purchased from Oscraps, my own printable chevron cards, and lots of other bits & pieces of my favorite embellishments.

I have also included a 5″ x 7″ insert for this week. I received this insert when I was designing for Pink Paislee 2 years ago. I have inserted some string measurement stuff that Ethan made for his school work and dinosaur rubber bands.

I’ll quickly run through the pockets of both sides of the pages today as I will be calling it a night soon. I’m still feeling a little exhausted from my trip and I definitely need a good night sleep.

Here are the details from the left page.

Week 9 title card

For those of you who are still very new to my blog (few weeks or months old), my son Ethan has autism. He was diagnosed with autism about 3 years ago and has since gone through a year of intensive occupational therapies (during the 1st year) and half yearly follow ups and assessments. This is one of his bi-annual visits and his first this year to see the child psychologist, Dr.King. She’s been with him right from the start and she’s been really great with him, and so were all his therapists. This is just one of those follow-ups that Dr.King would like to know how Ethan is coping in school and also at home. Children with autism usually have issues being socially connected with people, be it with other kids or adults. So, she just want to make sure that he’s doing alright making friends at school, and to check if he gets bullied by other students in school (that’s what she’s more concerned of). My husband and I, my family, very close friends, his school, teachers and special need officer in school have been truly supportive all these years and we’re thankful that they are always there for him and us. I have to say that it hasn’t been an easy journey for us the past few years but I feel that we did good. I don’t talk about Ethan’s condition in my blog often, not because there’s anything to be ashamed of. Don’t get me wrong, Ethan is a great boy, very very smart and we’re so blessed he’s a happy boy and has always been. We wouldn’t have him in any other way. We just love him just the way he is. He’s born with a very positive character and when you’re with him, he would rub off the positive vibe onto you. Many of my family and close friends love to talk to him and be around him because he makes them smile and laugh with his antics. I love to share things with my blog readers but at times, I like to keep certain things to myself, within my family and good friends. I can be a very private person and I am fiercely protective of my family, especially my son. I’ve had a few incidents when people tried to spread the untruths about myself and my son, hence my reservation to blog about Ethan’s condition. I do not expect everyone to share the same frequency or wave length with me, but I do mind when people sprout unkind words that could hurt my feelings especially about Ethan. Then again, I get on with life. I don’t sit on it and feel miserable for more than a minute, that’s the good thing about me. I learn to let go, forgive and forget. That’s what keeps me going. I always admire people with kids or family member who has autism, who speaks freely and share about their life experiences dealing with autism. They have my utmost respect. And one day, I do hope I would have the courage to speak freely and share my feelings and journey with my son.

Here’s Ethan learning measurement in school and proudly completed his homework with ease.

Here are the details of the right page. My week 9 has also included me meeting up with my secondary school friends from Malaysia whom I haven’t seen for more than 20 years, my weekly Friday night out with Ethan, my time spent at home lazying around and also my progress in catching up with my project life.

Well, that’s all for week 9.

I can’t wait to catch up with my week 10 over this weekend. And guess what? I’ve finally bought a new printer and I can wait to start printing my pictures again!  :D

So, how’s your week coming along? I sure hope you’re having a great one. I can’t wait to share my photos I took while I was in Taipei but let me forewarn you, they’re all about food and food and endless of food that I ate while I was there! *laugh* I was spoilt by my customers who fed me with so much yummy food.:D

I’ll be back again tomorrow. There’ll be a St. Patrick’s Day Instagram blog hop going on and of course, it comes with a great pack of giveaway from me!;)

Happy weekend!

NIkkiMarch 17, 2012 - 2:56 am

Hugs to you and your precious son! Our 10-year old daughter is autistic and severely mentally disabled. It is up to each family how they want to share their experiences.

I love your PL pages! : )

MiriamMarch 17, 2012 - 4:41 am

Wonderful, wonderful spread for week 9!!! Love it!! Isn’t that an amazing tool from Tim Holtz, I use that mini stapler all the time :)

Jackie O.March 17, 2012 - 4:43 am

You are blessed with an understanding and loving hubby and a wonderful son Leena, so don’t worry about the rest! “Leave it in the hands of the Lord”, like we used to sing in school.
Just love the pages of your PL as usual. Keep smiling :-) and enjoy your weekend with your family. Hugs

MindyMarch 17, 2012 - 1:25 pm

I have a 3 1/2 year son with autism and though i have a blog i do not write in anymore. when we were told (at 18 months) that he could have autism my world kinda just fell apart & i have not been able to write about it. i don’t even make mention of it on facebook…no reason other than i do not want people to judge. our son i nothing but happy all the time and we are so grateful as i have had the hardest time with it.
it’s funny i initially found your blog because of project life and so todays post was kind of a surprise, but not in a bad way :) thank you for sharing!!

NaddyMarch 17, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Beautiful pages …. Love all the beautiful details…. :)

A. SanbornMarch 17, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Project Life is how I came to find & follow your blog recently. I enjoyed reading about your Chinese New Year and other Asian daily traditions. Love your beautifully inspiring blog.

Personally, you’d make a wonderful advocate for autism. People speak negatively out of fear vs. intelligence. Turn a deaf ear to it and don’t allow it to effect you. Ethan appears very accomplished/well adjusted with swimming lessons, your equivalent to Karate {USA}, being able to get a haircut, foods etc… Thank-you for having the courage to share “yourselves” with the rest of us.

Looking forward to viewing your PL Week 10! Tomorrow will find me working on our Week 10 as well!

Thank-you for sharing,
-A.

Linda in AusMarch 17, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Hi Leena welcome home.
A lovely post and well said straight from the heart. Sending you and Ethan and your hubby big big cyber hugs.
Your PL is looking fantastic and I love the “this week” journal card with the doily. I am going to copy it for my week 10 if you don’t mind.
Tell Ethan I love his string measurement diagram what a great way to teach lengths and of course PL is the perfect place to keep it. Better go and start on my week 10 or I will be behind.
Xxx
Ps only 14 dys until Penang

Julie CoryellMarch 18, 2012 - 12:48 am

Hi Leena! Your pages look wonderful (as usual). Love seeing all your details.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your son. What a precious boy! I totally understand the fear & hesitancy to share a lot more personal details. That was a major concern for me for quite some time. My hope is that in my sharing that it will educate others and help them to realize that individuals with autism, like my daughter, are amazing, wonderful, & intelligent people.

I’m so thrilled that our paths have crossed especially w/living on the other side of the world.

Blessings to you!

Joanna LeeMarch 18, 2012 - 1:51 pm

hi leena it’s great reading about your week and your sharing on Ethan! He’s such a lovely boy and I can’t imagine people spreading rumours about him! horrible!!

NicoleMarch 19, 2012 - 11:54 pm

I love the wonderful details….
A beautiful PL….

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