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