Family · Podcasts · Survival Mode

Sometimes, You Just Need To Hear It From Another Mom

She looked at me and said, “It will get easier. I know it’s hard right now. You are figuring it out and it will get easier.” My eyes welled up with tears. I just needed to hear it from another mom. Another mom who has been there. Another mom who has managed a meltdown. Another… Continue reading Sometimes, You Just Need To Hear It From Another Mom

Autism · Family · Sensory Processing Disorder

Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Oh my goodness, Halloween is almost here. And, like every year, I am anticipating it with a certain amount of excitement, and a certain amount of anxiety. If you don’t have a child on the spectrum or with sensory processing issues, you may think my anxiety is about homemade costumes or sweet decorations. If you… Continue reading Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Family · Grace · Parenting

I Was In The Air On September 11, 2001

I was in the air when it happened. Working as a director of training and development for a large company meant frequent travel. Every Tuesday morning, I boarded a 6:00 AM flight for either San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston or New York, and flew to meet with and train various executives. September 11, 2001 was… Continue reading I Was In The Air On September 11, 2001

Family · Just For Fun · Survival Mode

3d Summer Fun (Without Screens!)

Please know, although I  was compensated for my time reviewing this product and hosting the giveaway, the opinions expressed within are 100% my own. Thank you for your continued support of my family! Summer and I have an on again, off again relationship. I love the slower pace. I love the night swims. I love the… Continue reading 3d Summer Fun (Without Screens!)

Autism · Dyslexia · Family · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now

It is now February and, as much as I hate to admit it,  we are still recovering from the holidays. The lack of routine, the lack of sleep, the lack of control – it has left a lot lacking in our daily lives. Add to the chaos, a trip to the hospital for my son,… Continue reading 5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now

Church · Family · Friendships · Grace · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Prayer

What Faith Looks Like When You Are A Mom

I am preparing to speak next week about ‘Faith and Fear in Motherhood’. As I have prayed about what to say and how to say it, one thing keeps occurring to me – Faith looks nothing like the pretty picture I have in my head. The longer I am a mom, the more I realize… Continue reading What Faith Looks Like When You Are A Mom

Family · Grace · Guest Post · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting

Setting Realistic Goals For The New Year

I love celebrating a new year. There is something about a fresh start, a blank slate, a new beginning – it makes me feel hopeful. It makes me feel free to try new things and begin again. And, every single year, it makes me also feel a little bit crazy. Take last year – I… Continue reading Setting Realistic Goals For The New Year

Autism · Family · Grace · Homemaking · Parenting · Survival Mode

Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

I am starting to feel the pressure. It was subtle at first. Like a vague feeling of stress, mixed with the whisper that I am forgetting something. Then, as the holiday season progressed, it grew. The shopping, the wrapping, the traditions, the parties – the holiday season is in full force. And this morning, I… Continue reading Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

Church · Family · Grief · Prayer · Stepfather

To The Single Mom At Christmas

Dear Single Mom, I have been thinking of you since Thanksgiving. As Christmas gets closer and closer, I have been praying for your heart. This time of year is hard for you, I know. I was a single mom for almost five years. My sister was for seven. And my mother has been a single… Continue reading To The Single Mom At Christmas

Autism · Family · Just For Fun · Stepfather · Survival Mode

Things We Never Thought We’d Say ‘Thank You’ For

“Thank you so much for being the one that does all the stool samples for these kids. I do not think I could pull that off.” My husband said it so earnestly. He really, really meant it. It was sweet and kind. And I burst out laughing. “We thank each other for some crazy things,”… Continue reading Things We Never Thought We’d Say ‘Thank You’ For

Autism · Brothers · Dyslexia · Family · Grace · Parenting · Stepfather

What Will My Children Say About Me When They Are Grown?

My husband and I had a cup of coffee together this morning. Both boys were up half the night.  The only advantage of this, is that they slept in and we were able to steal some precious morning moments together. And by precious moments, I mean both of our eyes barely open, yawning, mentioning that… Continue reading What Will My Children Say About Me When They Are Grown?

Autism · Depression · Family · Grace · Grief · Guest Post · Survival Mode

The Heart of the Caregiver

I am so excited to introduce you to Mary. Like many of us, she is a mom, wife, duaghter, and friend – and she is intimately familiar with the realities of being a full time caregiver for a child. Because it is so hard, because it seems impossible sometimes, because the heart of the caregiver… Continue reading The Heart of the Caregiver

Autism · Dyslexia · Family · Guest Post · Homeschooling · Podcasts · Sensory Processing Disorder

Different By Design

The only way I make it through the chores of the day sometimes (especially laundry… and maybe the dishes… and possibly cleaning the bathrooms…), is by turning on a podcast and listening to another momma talk. There is something about hearing another mom’s perspective on her life, her tips and tricks for success, and her… Continue reading Different By Design