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What No One Told Me About Being A Stay At Home Mom

Being a working mom was HARD. Like for realz. Working outside the home in an executive level, management position meant every single day felt like a mad dash to achieve, perform, manage, and mother – all at the same time. But the truth is, working outside the home was predictable. It was steady. It was… Continue reading What No One Told Me About Being A Stay At Home Mom

Autism · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Survival Mode

The Definition of Insanity and Motherhood

My first serious boss, at my first serious job, used to repeat it over and over. It was a mantra to try new approaches, to work harder, to get the job done. A few years later, when I was now the serious boss, I used to say the same thing to my team, expecting creativity,… Continue reading The Definition of Insanity and Motherhood

Autism · Dyslexia · Frugal Living · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Resources That “Get It”

When I first heard the news of my boys’ diagnoses, I really struggled. Not just because it was so hard to accept – although it was and sometimes still is. I also struggled, because it was so difficult to find resources that felt relevant to our situation. Many of you have asked me the same… Continue reading Resources That “Get It”

Autism · Depression · Grace · Grief · Homemaking · Parenting · Survival Mode

No One Said This Would Be Easy

“I don’t want to go,” my son said for the 15th time in as many minutes. “We go to aquatic therapy with Ryan every week. This helps your body, and you love it once we get there. Today is Wednesday. This is what we do on Wednesdays,” I said firmly, trying at the end to… Continue reading No One Said This Would Be Easy

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I Fail My Family Everyday

“You are such a good mom.” “Please tell me how you stay so patient with your son.” “I have no idea how you do it.” These are real quotes from comments and messages I received this week. I am encouraged and grateful for the compliments, the encouragement, and support. Thank you. And… I am conscious… Continue reading I Fail My Family Everyday

Autism · Dyslexia · Family · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Just For Fun

Not The Former Things Top 5 Most Asked Questions (and their answers!)

Over the course of the past few months, I have received so many messages from y’all. I LOVE them. I LOVE being able to connect with actual people. I LOVE that you even care enough to comment, email and IM me. Thank you so, so much! In the interest of reaching out to the introverts… Continue reading Not The Former Things Top 5 Most Asked Questions (and their answers!)

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How To Get The Laundry Done and Not Hate Your Life

We talk about big things here. Hard things. Messy things. Things like chronically ill children and autism and dyslexia and depression and step-families. And…sometimes, the things that have the greatest impact are the smallest victories. That what makes life easier, are the simple tricks that give us a little room to breathe, a little bit… Continue reading How To Get The Laundry Done and Not Hate Your Life

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Screen Time

This week is “Screen-Free” week. Or around here, “Feel Like A Bad Mom” week. When I think about the amount of time my children spend on screens, my head hurts. The guilt. The assurance that I am absolutely doing the wrong thing. The feeling that good mommas would never… The truth is, I sometimes hate… Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationship With Screen Time

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My Goals For The Week

I have read hundreds of them… The blog posts where the mom lists out her goals for the week, for the month, for the year. Then the subsequent posts where the mom updates you on her progress for the week, for the month, for the year. The truth is, I love them. I love seeing… Continue reading My Goals For The Week

Being a Girl · Family · Homemaking · Just For Fun · Survival Mode

Mommy Burnout and Self Care: A Day In The Life

“The thought of even getting out of bed tomorrow is depressing, ” I told my husband as he turned off the light for the night. Getting up and doing all the things, all over again seemed like Just. Too. Much. Like Groundhog Day (except without Bill Murray to make me laugh). The idea of fighting… Continue reading Mommy Burnout and Self Care: A Day In The Life

Autism · Brothers · Grief · Homemaking · Lupus · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

How To Survive Survival Mode

It feels like a whole lotta nothing, but clearly something has been going on here these days. It’s been a whole lotta let’s try to get you to take this medicine before we take this medicine. And a whole lotta I know it’s 1AM and you still can’t sleep. And a whole lotta what shall… Continue reading How To Survive Survival Mode

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When Our Lives Are Rearranged

Before we were 100% sure of my son’s diagnoses, but were pretty sure they were coming, I stumbled upon Life Rearranged. It has nothing to do with autism. It does have everything to do with a momma’s heart for her child and family, no matter what their needs and requirements. So reading it felt familiar,… Continue reading When Our Lives Are Rearranged