B:Butter Lamb!

B:Butter Lamb!

For as long as I can remember, a butter lamb has graced our Easter table. Why? In my family, it is simply because it is a tradition (with no known origins). For us, the butter lamb is as traditional as Easter eggs! This year, was no exception. I went to the Broadway Market (my next ‘B’ entry, spoiler!) intending to get a small butter lamb. I did just that AND I also bought the king of butter lambs! I just couldn’t resist it’s massive yellow appearance and cute purple peace ribbon, so I HAD to buy it! (Even though it means we will be eating lamb butter clear into July!) I even named it (although no one else knew – his name is Cream.) So the tradition continues. And most importantly, we had fun!!  I hope they have an even bigger lamb size next Easter season!  🙂

You can learn more about butter lambs from Malczweski’s: http://www.buffalobutterlambs.com/

B: Buffalove!

A couple of years ago, I literally fell in love with Buffalo. In my defense, it took so long because although I was born here and spent my childhood in Buffalo, I later moved to Charlotte, NC and stayed for almost 10 years. When I returned to the area, I had to focus on graduating HS (being in the deficit column because Southern schools stop teaching certain subjects after a certain point – a convo for another day!), then focus on being a mom, an advocate, and then a student.

One day I realized just how much I was missing so began exploring – the architecture, the waterfront, the Falls – we have so many beautiful things compacted in one area – and this is just in the city and immediate suburbs! This doesn’t include our spectacular Southern tier, stunning Rochester to our East, and majestic Canada to our North! We truly are blessed to be surrounded by so much!

So I will conclude this blog post, agreeing wholeheartedly with the 406 reasons we love Buffalo but also including that I can think of way MORE than 406 additional things that make Buffalo so magical!!!

A: Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month. The latest statistics say that 1 in 50 children have autism (not sure I am comfortable with this number because the information came from parent phone interviews and lacked triangulation of data – sorry, I am a nerd) and boys are supposedly diagnosed with autism more so than girls.

My sweet, beautiful daughter has autism.  At times, our autism journey has been a difficult one; we have met resistance with services (both inside and outside of school), had to deal with ignorant people (“perhaps autism is a home problem”), and it wasn’t until my daughter was in kindergarten that we met someone who was non-adversarial. Thankfully, we made it through and while doing so, were able to help other families along the way.  For that, I am grateful.

My daughter will be 20 this year.  Progress has been made education and medical-wise for those who have autism but we still do not know why with every passing day, more children are diagnosed with this neurological impairment.  It is truly an epidemic that needs to be aggressively pursued.

So this entire month of April (and truth be told, every single month!), please think about all of the children and adults with autism.  If you have money to spare, donate to one of the worthwhile organizations that are doing research and are trying to improve the lives of those with autism.  If you don’t have the money, that’s okay – there are plenty of things that you can do to help.  Get the word out about autism.  Join an autism walk.  Volunteer for Special Olympics or other worthwhile organizations that work with people with disabilities.  Post a blog entry about autism.  Be tolerant of those who may be different. EVERY SINGLE THING HELPS!!

And remember – YOU must be the change you wish to see in the world. So make that change. And love one another.Image

A is for Accepted!

My dear friend, Jennifer (http://allthingsjennifer.wordpress.com/) recently began a blogging from A to Z challenge.  I immediately thought it was a terrific idea but I am horrible about keeping up my blog because of Facebook, so I brushed the idea off.

Today, after some thinking about the challenge, I realized that it actually might help me be a better blogger.  So here I am, now embarking on the challenge. So watch this space and fingers crossed I stick with it! 🙂

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