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AMAB January-March 2021

Issue #14

Autism Moms Are Beautiful

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The Celebration Issue


04 Editor's Note 07 Â Nichole Wilson 27 Confessions 32 Beautiful Quotes 35 Bryan Carroll 40 The Decaf Segment

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Editor's Note I decided to make this issue a celebration issue. When I started Autism Moms Are Beautiful, I was excited to meet new moms and establish long lasting friendships. Providing free photoshoots to moms along with free makeovers brought joy and tears to my eyes. We are stressed out to the max. Some people call us whiners and even refer to us as "seeking unnecessary attention".

We will continue to ignore any negative

expressions that come our way! The one thing I want everyone to know is, many of us have to battle constantly for our children to receive services from therapists in various school districts, battle with Principals and the Special Education department for fair treatments that are not guided by a stage show and a lying fest. We love our babies! Our hearts are always beating extra fast in fear of what is going on with our children while they are away from us. I am a mother who is here to love and honor other mothers with a simple: You matter and you are doing a great job! Keep up the good work ladies and a special thanks to all of you who contributed articles, interviewed with me and provided loving support. For this issue I am celebrating some Autism Moms I interviewed for the magazine and my quarterly contributing writers! We are Beautiful and we Rock!

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Thank you so much Maxwell's House for letting AMAB Magazine rent your facility for the photoshoot for Nichole! Please reach out if you are in need to rent a facility for meetings, photoshoots, private parties and much more!


"2020 taught me so much about myself and I thank the Creator for all the lessons and blessings!" As time went on my the power of paranoia kicked in. Thinking about the what if, the who, the when and all the negative things that go through a parents mind while raising a child who is non-verbal. All of MUA:

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While having these thoughts in mind, I was also not getting sleep, worried about my child while at school because I am receiving calls of her behavior being out

I LOVE AUTISM MOMS

of control and every time she would go off with her father I worried since I never knew where she was while in his care. My mind was racing and my stress level was rising. I woke up one day and decided, If I

Everyone wants to know what I was doing before I

keep this up I will be one dead woman! Something

became a mother. Well, I was living the life. Not

hit me to think about how I could not possibly be the

really, ha! ha! I was and still is a simple, down to

only mother going through this.

earth lady! I didn't do much but work, singing at various spots around the U.S., showcasing my stage

Before I created Autism Moms Are Beautiful, I

productions and enjoyed hanging out with friends.

wanted to do something for myself. My life has

One day I woke up and decided I wanted to leave

always been centered around pleasing others and

America when my song was getting a little

being a follower in certain situations. Going back to

recognition here in the states. I never made it out of

school would be something I could do for myself

the states because I was pregnant so I had to reinvent myself!

without the approval of anyone. So I did it! When I

I remember when Zeni' was diagnosed and the first

create a platform for Mother’s raising children on the

completed my Bachelors in Leadership, I decided to spectrum to feel free to be themselves! I also wanted

thing that came to mind was, my spirit can handle

to show them that through all the pain, hurt and of

this because I have worked with special needs

course learning to love my baby the way she is I can

children my entire adult years, so this won't be hard.

offer them an example of completing something that

As time went on I started to see myself on the other

was just for me. The emails were coming back to

side, not part of the support team in education but

back and I found myself answering loving questions

now the parent! As someone working in the school

with supportive responses. While doing this I

district to now being the parent raising a special

gained so many new friends.

needs child is so different.

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e l o h Nic “As I am getting older, I am happy with staying at peace and raising my baby girl. I have encountered so much stress and I have to now keep people away from me that will do more harm than good to exist as long as I can to support and love my Zeni' (pronounced Zen Eye)." — Nichole

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I was so open to love and receive love. I even got back into the dating game. Then the creation of the Autism Mom Anthem came‌ "Autism Moms Rock"! I enjoyed recording the song! So many moms shared the song and sent me messages thanking me and expressing to me how wonderful it was to know someone gets it! I want to continue to inspire Autism Moms and all ladies to never give up! Keep up the good work ladies!

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Ana Esparza

Photo credit: Ruben Stunner

"Ana Esparza started it all! Thank you so much for sharing your journey as a breast cancer survivor! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!" Nichole


Ashlee Viesca

"Ashlee Viesca gave me so much life and shows so much support for Autism Moms. She was the secretary and I enjoyed every minute I was able to spend with her. I also thank her for showing off her dance moves in Autism Moms Rock music video. Thank you Ashlee. You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!"

Nichole

Photo by:: Ruben Stunner


THANK YOU NICHOLE!

YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ROCK! TTHANK YOU You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

photo by: Point & Click photography


"In the beginning stages of Autism Moms Are Beautiful I would speak to this beautiful and awesome mom on a daily bases and she would help me with Autism Moms Are Beautiful! You are truly an amazing lady!" Nichole You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

Donna Shatara Porshe

Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Winter 2019 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

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THANK YOU CHRISTINA!

YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ROCK! TTHANK YOU You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!


Belinda truly keeps me laughing. I joined her and Candice Webb support group, Special Moms some years back and she truly is a beautiful and loving lady. I happy to call her friend. You have to watch Belinda because she is quick with her hands when it comes to snapping pictures. She catches me off guard every time! Nichole You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

Belinda Hernandez

Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Winter 2020 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

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THANK YOU Julie

YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ROCK! TTHANK YOU You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!


Candice Webb "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Fall 2019 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! She is one of the most peaceful souls I have met in a long time. She always gives me a different way to look at situations and her heart is so loving! I am excited and thankful for all the love she contributed to AMAB Magazine!" Nichole

Candice photo by: Michelle Media


"My beautiful sister Haley! We met via Facebook and have an everlasting bond. Thank you for all of your help with kicking off the first Award Ceremony, expanding my email list, helping me get awards and so much more! You are truly a wonderful lady, sister and friend! Thank you! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!" Nichole

Haley photo by: Michelle Media


Marilyn Elaine Jones-Hatton "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Spring 2018 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! We both have been knowing each other for over 20 years. We both have love for children on the spectrum and love the Deaf Community. Thank you so much for the late night talks and funny times together. You are truly an amazing woman!� Nichole

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THANK YOU Syleena

YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ROCK! TTHANK YOU You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

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YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ROCK! TTHANK YOU You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

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Sonia Esmeralda Thomas "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful. I appreciate you for the love and support you brought to AMAB Committee Team. I am so thankful for you! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! " Nichole


Confessions of an Autism Mom Covid 19 and this vaccine! I am so scared. Many people are saying to me it is for the best. My fear is I just hate vaccines. I just can't handle letting my baby get it. I pray so hard asking God to help me with this burden and stress.

Share your thoughts with us at amabmagazine@gmail.com. Letters will be edited for space and clarity. All submissions become the property of AMAB Magazine.

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Angela Kimble

"Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful. Thank you also for being on the committee team for 2019-2020. You are truly an amazing woman and You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!" Nichole


THANK YOU TO ALL OF THESE BEAUTIFUL LADIES FOR BEING PART OF THE COMMITTEE FOR 2019-2020 YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU ROCK! TTHANK YOU You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!

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Kiesha

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"Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Summer 2020 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! This beautiful mama is always smiling, keeps everyone excited and believes in support and encouragement. She is truly awesome and she is an Autism Mom who Rock!" Nichole

Photo by: Point & Click Photography


Dondra Stang "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Spring 2019 Issue! Dondra is an Autism Mom who Rocks! I remember when I first met Dondra, she welcomed Zeni' and I with open arms and was the first person I left Zeni' with outside of our family! She truly loves Zeni' and I thank Dondra for sharing her love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful." Photo by: Michelle Media

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"Tracey is an Autism Mom who taught me so much. I remember laughing so hard the first day I met her and every time I would speak with her on the phone she would keep a smile on my face. Her sponsorship, support and love for Autism Moms Are Beautiful will never be forgotten. Thank you Tracey for your love and support. You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!" Nichole

Photo by: Point & Click Photography


Jennifer Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Fall 2019 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! Nichole

Photo by: Point & Click Photography


"God is my rock and foundation along with my daughter."

Bryan Carroll

Motivational Speaker

photo credit: Bravo Roots Film

The world is filled with many individuals who believe in the power of encouragement and inspiration. Bryan Carroll is a motivational speaker who supports empowerment and believes in positive changes. Many of you know him from Ready To Love, Season 3 on Own Network, but here in Houston we know him as the man with a master plan! Nichole Wilson: When did you realize you had the gift to motivate and encourage others? Bryan Carroll: I started to realize this gift when people kept gravitating towards me and expressing to me that I was an inspiration to them. My encouragement comes from wanting people to feel happy and safe. As a child growing up without my father, I always wanted to infuse love and positivity into others. NW: What motivates and encourages you to never give up and keep going? BC: I truly believe adversity builds character and I refuse to give up. I’m just not built like that and I believe that if you give up once it gets easier to continue doing it. NW: Who inspires you to continue on the path of greatness? BC: God is my rock and foundation along with my daughter. I also know that my students look up to me and I may be the only positive example they have experienced. NW: Autism Moms and Dads are stressed and doing all they can to stay strong and keep going. What encouraging words can you give them? BC: I would encourage any parent to understand the blessing that comes along with a child. I encourage them to make sure they are viewing autism as a special super power that their kids have. It is important for them to continue to educate themselves about autism so they can continue to be a great resource for their children. 35


Maria Merrick "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful. I appreciate the articles you share every quarter to encourage, educate and inspire Autism Moms and Dads! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!" Nichole


Gayle Fisher "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful. If you ever get the pleasure to be around Gayle, you will feel her beautiful spirit and peaceful vibe! She is truly amazing! I appreciate the articles you share every quarter to encourage and inspire Autism Moms! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!"

Nichole


Jess WesselBorgic "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful. I appreciate the articles you share every quarter to encourage and inspire Autism Moms! Autistic Moms Rock!" Nichole


Giset King "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful. I am so thankful for you. I appreciate the spice you brought to Autism Moms Rock music video and your continuous love for Autism Moms! My favorite phrase for Giset is, “my beautiful Puerto Rican Princess�. You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! Nichole Photo by: Point & Click Photography


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AUTISM DADS ROCK Thank you to all the Autism Dad's for contributing an article and showing love to AMAB Magazine 2017-2020


AUTISM DADS ROCK

Jesse Lopez

Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

Titus King

Jose Hernandez

Steve Levine

Seth Kieffer

Greg Swindell

Steve Levine

Joseph Gonzalez


"Sidra is an Autism Mom who always brightened my day when I am around her. We were able to spind some good times together in her home talking about life and how to continue to stay positive! Her sponsorship, support and love for Autism Moms Are Beautiful will never be forgotten. Thank you Tracey for your love and support. You are an Autism Mom who Rocks!" Photo by: Point & Click Photography

Nichole


Marta Brain "Thank you for sharing your love with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for our Spring 2019 Issue! You are an Autism Mom who Rocks! Thank you for contributing an article every quarter! I am so thankful for you. Autistic Moms Rock!"

Nichole

Photo by: Point & Click Photography


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