The First Hope Blog, Week of November 10


Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:


The Hope Conference in February!

Share with other Businesses that would like to be vendors or parents/educators that would like to come and learn more how to help our students/children.  Register at the link below:

RightNow Media

We’re excited to share that our school now has access to an extensive, video library called RightNow Media.  It’s the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.

Every family should have received an official invitation email from RightNow Media which includes FREE access to their content.  Once you receive the email, simply click the link, sign up for an account, and you’re all set to explore more than 12,000 videos.

We hope that RightNow Media is a blessing to you and your family.  Check out the link below for a sample of the content.  Thank you for partnering with us!



“Seven more weekends until Christmas.” This reminder brings out both excitement and angst. As I try whole heartedly to focus on the “reason for the season”, I cannot ignore my ever-growing holiday to-do list. Family pictures for Christmas Cards, gift shopping, house decorating, find where I packed the Elf on the Shelf, then hide him again…it could last me until July! I want to send out some encouraging words that I recently read that have helped me to focus on the Lord our Savior, rather than the endless holiday list.
  • Be grateful-this is the time of year to think of all the blessings you and your family have all year round. We all have so much to be grateful for if we take the time to look.
  • Be generous- this does not have to be a monetary gift. It can be a generousity of patience and love during the holiday season.
  • Give the gift of time- it can be as simple as assisting your child’s teacher with holiday prep or as big as serving a holiday meal to a family in need.

January 2017 will be here before you know it- take time to enjoy and give during this holiday season.


The First Hope celebrated the arrival of fall and the holiday season with a Fall Festival.  Traveling between classrooms, the students had the opportunity to count pumpkin seeds, golf with mini pumpkins, tackle an obstacle course, paint a pumpkin, and create an art project.  Many thanks to our parents and grandparents, as well as our high school student volunteers, for making the event such a success.  Great fun was had by all!


Hao and Luke examine the pumpkin seeds


Luke and Kai are focused on painting their pumpkins


Abby is proud of her corn art


It’s all smiles and two thumbs up from Michael, Brennan, and Mrs. Baxter


Carlos tackles the obstacle course


Caelum lines up for the putt while Jonah cheers him on



Victoria Underwood

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Victoria is one of our amazing Occupational Therapists. She is originally from Arkansas and moved to Florida in December 2015. This has been an amazing experience for her and she has had the best opportunity to grow and reach her true potential. She feels blessed that she found the path God has planned for her. Serving the health care profession has brought so much joy to her life. We are so thankful for the joy and fun that she brings to our students each and every day!



What are the blessicharlie-and-pattyngs of your child’s disability?  Has anyone asked you that ever?

In my book, Autism Is A Blessing, I share testimonies from others on how Autism has been a blessing to them.  One mother shared, “A lot of parents do not even realize how precious it is to have a child reach a milestone, no matter how small.  Not only do I realize it, but I treasure each and everyone and celebrate like he won the Super Bowl.”  We are getting closer to Thanksgiving and I am being reminded of the things we are thankful for.  Even on the hardest of days, I wouldn’t take autism back.  It has grown and stretched me more than almost anything else in my life.  Sometimes I even feel sorry for people that actually have everything so “normal”.  God grows us through the struggle.  God grows us through the pain.  God grows us through praying for our children.  God hears us.  He loves us and He loves our kids too.

I work so hard to make God proud.  I want Him to say when I reach heaven, “Wow Patty what you did with Charlie was amazing!  I love how you kept trusting me to help him.”  That is my goal.  I want to be obedient and be used by God to help others on this same journey.  Are you allowing God to use you?  Are you trusting Him fully to help you, especially on those really hard days? Rest in His presence.  Rest in His strength.  Your child is a blessing.

-Patty Myers


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