Cameron’s Doggedness

We left our church home a few years ago when we received CR’s diagnosis. It was just too tough. Very stressful. On all parties involved. Couldn’t figure out a way to make it work.

We missed our church. All of us would express this at random times but we never could sync to make a difference and start back in fear of the unknown or just the added stress on Cody.  We thought of this as “controlled stress” and since we could control for it to not happen by just not going that is what we chose since we had plenty of uncontrolled stress coming our way at the time.

Still did not take away the missing of our church home though.



(last year photo but still one of my favorites)


A few weeks ago I shared with Cam about now having a Thursday night service now. We loved that because it didn’t interfere with any of our weekend crazy and worked perfect with our schedules.

I knew it would be tough for us to all figure a time to all go and Cam really wanted to start back even if it meant us taking turns to go. What mother would deny a teenage boy wanting to get back to his church home? I am so thankful for Cameron’s persistence.

We ran into one of our Storm baseball family members at service and she shared they now have a special needs program but she didn’t have all the details. The following week I was on a mission to understand what this involved.

I went to talk to the head of the children’s ministry and next thing I knew I was meeting the person over special needs and pleased to learn that they not only had a buddy program where they would assign a person to Cody but also a “chill zone” room too!  We are so excited to be able to go as a family and be part of an inclusive church.

God is good.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6 

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Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

3 thoughts on “Cameron’s Doggedness

  1. One of the things that has kept us going to our church is the program out in place to help Walker. We attend Fellowship church in Grapevine, one of the biggest in area. The FCkids team fully engages Walker with great songs and programs. We also have a program called side-by-side which pairs him with some one to st with in his service. The great volunteers and pastors especially Mike Johnson and Phillip Villar have made church not only a safe haven from our stressful week but also a place that Walker enjoys going. He enjoys it so much that we are able to serve on Sundays.


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