Autism · Chronic Illness · Lupus

Seen and Unseen Disabilities (what I learned when my son used a wheelchair)

The day I ordered my son’s wheelchair was not a good one. Just pressing the “ship now” button made my heart hurt. After years of autism therapies and anxiety medications. After years of doctor’s appointments and educational evaluations. After years of learning everything possible about his sensory system and urgent need for tactile input. After… Continue reading Seen and Unseen Disabilities (what I learned when my son used a wheelchair)

Autism · Dyslexia · Homemaking · Lupus · Prayer

How To Turn Around A Bad Day

It has been a tough few weeks around here. Like, really tough. Both of my children are off. The time change certainly didn’t help, but the reality is that we were already a hot mess long before we lost that hour. My oldest has been having complications from his chronic illness. Mouth sores and rashes… Continue reading How To Turn Around A Bad Day

Autism · Chronic Illness · Church · Grace · Grief · Lupus · Marriage · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Stepfather

Looking Back on 2015

It is so hard to believe that another year has passed. It’s been a doozy for our family. 2015 brought us five hospital visits, and two additional diagnoses. It brought new pets and aquariums (I really, really don’t want to actually figure out how many. It’s best if I stay in denial). It brought progress… Continue reading Looking Back on 2015

Chronic Illness · Doctors · Lupus · Parenting · Survival Mode

Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child

“Now, I don’t want you to worry. Not yet. These results can mean any number of things.” When the doctor starts out with “I don’t want you to worry,” the first thing you do is worry. It has been a year since we got back test results that revealed my son had something wrong –… Continue reading Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child

Autism · Brothers · Family · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Lupus · Parenting · Survival Mode

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

Autism · Doctors · Lupus · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Everyday Lessons

It has been a perfect storm kind of week for us. The boys returned Tuesday night after a trip to see their dad. (Read: Flights with uncomfortable seats – especially when you have an arthritic hip – crowded airports, babies crying, not eating well until we got home, and stress over the transition back.) Wednesday… Continue reading Everyday Lessons

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

Autism · Grief · Lupus · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Everyday Autism Awareness: A Momma’s Thank You

She smiled at me, when I opened the door, and immediately said, “I’ll start making it while you order and pay.” So, they know me at Jamba Juice these days. They know me because the only way I can get my son to take his new medicine, all 20mL’s of it, is to mix it… Continue reading Everyday Autism Awareness: A Momma’s Thank You

Autism · Doctors · Family · Lupus · Parenting · Redemption · Sensory Processing Disorder

Moment By Moment – This Is How We Live

There are a few moments in my life that cannot be undone. The ones that stick with me, stand out…the ones that no matter how much time passes, I can still remember vividly, what I wore, her voice, what he looked like, how I felt. There are a handful of these moments that I carry… Continue reading Moment By Moment – This Is How We Live