Lord, unrush me

I never understood this phrase below before Cody was born….. Just another “why” I have created his page and write. 


Cody’s persistence day in and day out is simply courageous and not comparable to anything I’ve ever seen with a child’s development. 

He works so hard (having fun along the way of course) but I don’t think he’s ever known anything different so it doesn’t even phase him. He never gives up and continues to grow. 

Because of him, I see things different and I am so much more grateful. He has taught, Cam, Brad and I (and many others) to live in the moment and not next week or month. I don’t allow noise that’s negative and I have a much more appreciation to life and those that share it with me. 

It’s as if I prayed to the Lord to unrush me and he blessed us with Cody. 


I know there’s a lot of children fighting battles and from the surface you may not be able to tell. In my eyes, they all have earned their capes and am forever grateful of their strength. 

Who knew a 4 year old could show a family how to live deeper and more purposeful? 

Thank you Cody Rivers.

Your Mom and Dad and Bro love you. 

Published by mamalamaneustupa

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

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