Just Another Year 😥

Henk Van Dyk ( May 19 1926 ➖ Jan 6 2006)

Another year has passed,

Another year you have been free.

Another year as time goes by,

Is getting easier on me.

Another year still with regrets,

Of things I didn't say.

Another year I wished our time,

Hadn't been so grey.

Another year with memories,

Some of which still make me cry.

Another year of wishing,

We didn't have to say goodbye.

Another year has come and gone,

The time has passed so fast.

Another year of knowing,

It will not be the last.

So until our time to meet again,

I'm sending up my love.

Another year of knowing,

You are watching from up above.


Rest In Peace 😥



❤️an OPA




❤️ & so much more!




My Leibster Award Nominations

Liebster Award Sept 2017 Nomination List

I've always liked to write since I was a little kid. I heard about online blogging through friends. I figured I would give blogging a shot. I chose to blog about something I'm really compassionate about - getting knowledge out there about ASD! I'm still learning the basics to it all but eventually I will get the skills to have a successful blog. 


 🔊 Huge Shoutout Of Thanks 🔊

I wish to say a huge thank you to Victoria at




for nominating me for this amazing award!! Please head over to her blog & check it out. 



‼️Favourite Posting On Her Site‼️

I first met Victoria in a mutual Facebook page that we are both members of.  There's a poem titled "You May Not Be Her First" by Bob Marley. It's very touching. It is about two people who find each other but are reminded to be kind because they are not each others first , possibly last. It's a love poem.


‼️My Favourite Blog‼️

I know it's always a struggle to pick your favourite blog seeing as there are so many to choose from with all different talents. I would have to say my Favourite blogger is http://www.laurzrah.com/


➿10 Random Facts➿

1️⃣ I am adopted 

2️⃣ I have ADHD 

3️⃣ I am on odsp 

4️⃣ I am my oldest daughters advocate 

5️⃣ soccer & swimming are my favorites 

6️⃣ I grew up camping 

7️⃣ my dad died of cancer

8️⃣ my mom is my biggest hero and support

9️⃣ I became a mom at 21

🔟 my kids mean everything to me


The top 2️⃣ pieces of advice for NEW bloggers


I myself am I new blogger. My passion to begin blogging was when my oldest child, who's now 8️⃣ years old in grade 3️⃣. She was diagnosed Aug 3rd 2017 by a paediatrician who specializes in ASD‼️


My #1️⃣ piece of advice I would give to new bloggers is to NEVER EVER give up! Blogging is not as easy as it may look or seem. A lot of work & thought goes into a blog. You have to blog about something you are compassionate about or something you really like that you think other readers may find interest in reading, whether that be a blog about cooking , schooling , home life  or one like mine, autism awareness. You can even blog about creations , money saving tips and/or DIY creations.


My #2️⃣ piece of advice I would give to new bloggers is , never let others tear you down or tell you that you can't do it. Truth is , you CAN do it! You can do legit ANYTHING you put your mind to.



‼️These are the questions I was asked‼️


-What state or country do you live in?


-Two of your favorite movie super heroes (male and female). Why?

i don't have any 👀

-Who is your best blogger? Link a post that made him/her your favorite.


-Tell us your words to live by and the author

Maybe I can't stop the downpour but I will always join you for a walk in the rain.

-A list of people in your life who genuinely support you and who you can genuinely trust.

My mother is my biggest supporter

-What tips can you give to new bloggers trying to find a place in the blogosphere?

Find something you are most compassionate about and start there but do not give up or let people tell you that your blog is no good.

-Your five best books

I don't have "best books" as I don't read much.

-What blog do you enjoy reading most?

Parents who raise children or have family who are diagnosed with a delay of some sort.

-Give us the recipe for your favorite dish

Any dish with pasta 

-How many jobs have you had in your life?

I've worked at Subway , Tim Hortons & Strathroy Print & Litho



😌 My 10 blog questions 😌

  1. How do you structure your days?
  2. Where and how do you work best? (If it applies to your topic.)
  3. What tools do you find indispensable for accomplishing [task]? (Again, if it applies.)
  4. How do you solve [common problem – productivity, scheduling, marketing, networking, reducing overwhelm]?
  5. What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
  6. What’s the best advice you ever received?
  7. Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?
  8. What is still your biggest challenge?
  9. What are your favorite books or movies on [your topic]?
  10. What’s your best advice for handling criticism?
  11. What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?


 ❓❓What is the Liebster Award❓❓

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others. 


🌐My Selected 11 Nominees🌐

1️⃣ Elizabeth 















6️⃣ Annabelle






8️⃣ Nikki









⏸ Abhishek







Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well

Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

For 2017 Liebster Award, I will be shaking things up! Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.

Provide 10 random facts about yourself (this is optional, but if you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about yourself).

Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award who have less than 200 followers (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information)

List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste from here or simply include the link below to the official rules website).

Select 11 questions for the individuals/blogs you nominated.

Inform the people/blogs that you selected of their nomination for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post.

Welcome To My Life

Tessa Van Dyk

Brief Summary😊

#sisters #family

I'm a mother of two beautiful girls, Emma&Gabriella♥️

My oldest is autistic/ADHD/Sensory Disorder & has other delays as well that doctors have diagnosed her with. She's my rock! She's taught me patience & understanding. 

My youngest has no delays of any sort except for being a tad behind in her speech (making others understand her). She's a mama's girl though. At times I feel bad for her as she has no clue why her sister does what she does.  With time she will. She's taught me so much! Love , how to be a kid again & how to laugh when all you want to do is break down and just cry.

Emma was born on 07/02/2009 (she's currently 8) and Gabriella was born on 01/11/2011 (she's currently 6). 

Do Something For Today

❤️ Life Raising Emma❤️

#daughter #oldest #happygirl

This is my 8 year old daughter Emma. She was born the early hours of July 2 2009 via c-section due to being in the breach position. I had no idea of the challenges I would face by the time she was 2 in the summer of 2011. 

Never Say‼️

💕 She's My World 💕

#outdoors #camping #daughter summer #playing

If you observe this picture , my child looks like your typical kid - playing nicely. I wish I could say that was true! Honesty - my child plays alone almost all the time. She doesn't make friends easy - kids call her weird , obnoxious & tease her. Little do they all know , she is the sweetest kid you'll ever meet with a heart of gold who just wants to be accepted for who she is! 

🔆Diagnosis In Years🔆

Emma Virginia Maria Van  Dyk , born 07/02/2009 Age 1 -walking delay. Age 2 - speech delay diagnosis. Age 3 - sensory disorder diagnosis. Age 4 - learning delay. diagnosis. Age 5 - Global Developmental Delay. Age 6 - ADHD diagnosis. Age 8 - ASD diagnosis (Austism Spectrum Disorder)