Webster’s Dictionary defines the word ‘time’ as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process or condition exists or continues. I came across this analogy concerning time. Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.


Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success.


In October 2005 at 6:13pm my life changed forever! Into this world came a most precious gift, my grandson, Joshua. The nurse placed him gently in my arms; I cradled him close to my heart whispering a prayer over him, and gave him back to God asking Him to cover his life. Little did I know that He had already dispatched angels in the form of teachers and therapist to care for him. My grandson, Joshua, was diagnosed at age 3 with Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also known as ADHD. Cognitively Joshua was advanced especially in reading, however he was not meeting some of the key developmental milestones and there were behavior issues and other concerns. Utilizing the gift of time, he was referred for assessment by the REACH Program in the Roanoke City Public Schools and he began REACH January 2010. Although Joshua’s diagnosis was made earlier than many and intervention was begun, his needs were not being fully met. He needed more…so much more. He has had other medical challenges in his short life time, two of which were life threatening, but our family has stood on Joshua 1:5b: regarding his life, “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”. True to His word, God has not!


By the grace of God, the summer of 2012 Joshua arrived at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center better known as BRAAC, the home of his prepared angels. With the investment of time over the past four years and deposits made into him and our family by skilled, loving, attentive, and nurturing staff members he is thriving. He is obtaining the utmost to address his academic and social needs. Notably, his handwriting is now legible, he is able to solve math problems (he has a learning disability in math), communication skills have vastly improved whereby he can now hold an appropriate conversation with turn taking, and behaviors are being successfully addressed by capable professional, who have also taught our family the necessary skills to address his needs. The past four years have been a relief, for our family knows he is in an academic environment appropriate for him.


I read a story once about Jimmy Durante, one of the great entertainers of a generation ago. He was asked to be a part of a show for World War II veterans. He told them his schedule was very busy and he could afford only a few minutes, but if they wouldn't mind his doing one short monologue and immediately leaving for his next appointment, he would come. Of course, the show's director agreed happily.


But when Jimmy got on stage, something interesting happened. He went through the short monologue and then stayed. The applause grew louder and louder and he kept staying. Pretty soon, he had been on fifteen, twenty, then thirty minutes. Finally he took a last bow and left the stage. Backstage someone stopped him and said, "I thought you had to go after a few minutes. What happened?"


Jimmy answered, "I did have to go, but I can show you the reason I stayed. You can see for yourself if you'll look down on the front row." In the front row were two men, each of whom had lost an arm in the war. One had lost his right arm and the other had lost his left. Together, they were able to clap, and that's exactly what they were doing, loudly and cheerfully.


To fulfill Joshua’s overwhelming needs, we sought capable and knowable support. BRAAC has been the strong right arm to the Crump family. Together we encourage, clap and cheer as Joshua journeys down the road gathering the skills necessary for a successful life.

Pam Crump - Joshua's Grandmother,