Anxiety · Autism · Parenting

When Being Thankful Feels Impossible

It is officially the week we collectively give thanks. It’s good. It’s right. It’s tradition. And sometimes…it feels completely impossible.   (This post originally¬†appeared here on Not The Former Things in November of 2014. It feels like much has changed, and yet, as I read own words below, I am struck by how much is… Continue reading When Being Thankful Feels Impossible

Church · Dyslexia · Parenting

Why Does Sunday School Have to be School?

It’s Sunday morning. How many families are fighting to get their kids out the door today, and into that Sunday school classroom? When I was a single mom, I used to look at the clock on a Sunday morning and count down the hours and minutes until my sons would be checked in to their… Continue reading Why Does Sunday School Have to be School?

Parenting · Reading

Love Letters and Children’s Literacy

I love hearing about other women’s passions and interests. There is something motivating and inspiring about another momma, trying to impact the world, doing the best she can to make a difference. Luckily, being a blogger means that I am often introduced to and impressed with some pretty amazing moms. It keeps me going. It… Continue reading Love Letters and Children’s Literacy

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

Homeschooling · Parenting

The Ups And Downs Of A New School Year

And just like that, summer is almost over. I’m not sure how it happened. I think time somehow speeds up when we are swimming, making s’mores, and eating Popsicles. It’s still warm outside. We are still swimming, still playing, still clinging to the last bits of summer. But the calendar tells me it’s time. We… Continue reading The Ups And Downs Of A New School Year

Grace · Motherhood · Parenting

When Motherhood Doesn’t Go As Planned

I was never a better mother than before I actually had children. I seriously thought I had it all figured out. I thought there were some basic things I could just count on. I assumed my children would sleep when I needed them to, eat when I needed them to, smile for the camera when… Continue reading When Motherhood Doesn’t Go As Planned

Anxiety · Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

I celebrated my birthday last weekend. My family blessed me with exactly the right gift – two nights away to get caught up on sleep. (I know. Can you believe it? They’re awesome!) This was literally the only gift I really wanted. After several years of one sleep battle after another (really 13 years, but… Continue reading Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

Anxiety · Depression · Parenting

Special Needs Motherhood Is Lonely Work

I have amazing friends. I do. They are generous and encouraging. They are willing to overlook how many times I ignore their text messages. They make me food, pour me tea, and offer me wine. They are the difference between me completely losing it, and me just partially losing it. They love me, well. And… Continue reading Special Needs Motherhood Is Lonely Work

Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Summer and Sensory Processing Disorder

When my children want to say a bad word, they “bleep” themselves. Things like, “Oh bleep,” and “That really bleeped me off.” It’s cute, although sometimes concerning – legality vs. our hearts is kind of big topic around here. But today, I am going to follow their lead and say – Summer is really kicking… Continue reading Summer and Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning

Parenting children with learning differences can be an immense challenge. For me, part of this challenge is that my sons’ learning differences also (necessarily) mean mothering differences for me. Eating, sleeping, showering, playing and yes, learning – all require a different approach in order for my sons to thrive. I have spent years trying to… Continue reading 25 Resources for Out of the Box Learning

Homeschooling · Parenting

Sometimes Summer Break Isn’t A Break At All

I remember summer vacations so well. When I was a child, summer break meant eating way too many popsicles, not having to get up in the morning, swimming for as long as I wanted, impromptu trips to the lake, and absolutely no real plans. The summer break of my youth was glorious. The summer break… Continue reading Sometimes Summer Break Isn’t A Break At All