Allan and Sarah got married at the ripe young age of 18 and 21. Allan was just starting his army career and we thought, why not? Fast forward 15 years, multiple deployments, tours, and trainings all while having not one, not two, but three amazing boys with autism. Most churches could not accommodate our needs as a family. Knock after knock, plea after plea, church after church shut their doors on our weary hearts. We struggled to find even one willing to start any kind of program to help us. We were drowning. Feeling completely isolated and alone. God prompted us to start Autism Acres. We know we are not the only family to feel the weight and loneliness that comes with the daily joys and struggles of raising special needs children. Connecting with others felt impossible and our friends list seemed to slowly dwindle as time went on. Not anymore. Here at Autism Acres we all "get it" and we want to share in this beautiful and messy journey of raising special needs kids with you! Even though we are military, Washington and Autism Acres are our forever home. We have 5 acres of fun and lots of animals to go along with it.
Allan has been in the military for 17 years. He loves anything to do with the outdoors and adventure. Camping, fishing, hiking to name a few. Building and working with his hands as well as learning to be self-sufficient are his dreams. Allan loves to learn about different edible plants and how God has already naturally provided for us.
Sarah has a bachelors in Crisis Counseling and will be working towards her masters to become a licensed counselor here soon. She is currently homeschooling all three boys and yes, it has its challenges but we have seen positive strides and growth in the boys while being home. Sarah loves to write and truly has a heart and compassion for those who are hurting.
The boy who made us parents. The boy who made mom a fighter. The boy who helped her find her voice because she had to be his. He is wonderful and silly and sweet. Some days are challenging as he is our most severe. We have been told by therapists he will never be able to navigate the community on his own, he will always need an adult helper. He will live with us forever and we are ok with that. There are many things we are missing by him not being neurotypical, BUT there any many things we have learned and gained by him having autism. He has taught us and those around him how to love unconditionally, to find joy in the simple and small things, and to always try to make him laugh and smile because his laugh is so infectious! We love this boy and truly believe he was made with a purpose.
He feels all the feels, powerfully and deeply. He loves all people, he is super creative, and sometimes a little sassy. His emotions rollercoaster throughout the day and he expresses them all usually pretty loudly. He is fun, goofy, and says the funniest things. He is very loveable and super inclusive! We are so proud to be his parents. He loves, accepts, and welcomes everyone with open arms, it truly is beautiful to see. He has HF autism, and ADHD; he's a wild card for sure. He keeps us busy, keeps us guessing, but also keeps us laughing. He has been a big help at pushing his brothers to engage more. We truly believe he is the heart of Autism Acres and everything we want to see here.
The sweetest sour patch there ever was. He is equal parts sassy as he is sweet. He loves to stay in PJs, so never feel pressured to get the kids changed out of their pajamas. Little things can set him off and it is a challenge to pin point what is the root cause of his frustrations, but man this kid loves to snuggle and give kisses to his family. Logan has moderate autism and a smile that melts your heart. He was everything this family needed. He gave Ethan someone to play with and Tristan someone he relates to. Having a third child was not the plan as we already had our hands full but God knew we needed Logan.