When the boys first met my husband, we were at Disneyland. How’s that for stacking the deck? Clearly they loved him… like immediately. In fact, I was freaking out because my youngest son took his hand and started walking around Adventure Land with him like he’d known him for years after about 7 seconds. I… Continue reading To the Step Dad on Fathers Day
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
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
“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
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?
The radio in my car hasn’t worked in years. My son had a massive meltdown on the side of the road one day and broke the car antenna. (He also dented the bumper, scratched the paint, and drew the attention of a suspicious police officer driving by as he tried to punch me the face.… Continue reading Can You Hear The Hope? – A podcast about parenting and autism
I heard her say it. I couldn’t respond because I was too busy trying to get to “that boy” to help him calm down. We were in a craft store (enough to cause me to lose it) and my son was starting to melt down because he couldn’t find the size frame he needed, couldn’t… Continue reading Who is That Boy’s Mother?
Three years ago this week, the boys and I officially moved in with Mick. We were already married – we had been for a couple of months. We intentionally took some time after the wedding for the boys to grow accustomed to having a man in the house, sleeping in the bed with mommy, being… Continue reading Blending This Family
“Why is he doing this?” my husband yelled, in evident frustration, after seeing another hole punched into the wall, and scattered remains of the bookcase on the bedroom floor. “I think it might be because he has autism,” I answered sarcastically (because, you know, I’m super gracious like that). This marriage thing…it’s not for the… Continue reading Our “Special Needs” Marriage – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
When the boys first met my husband, we were at Disneyland. How’s that for stacking the deck? Clearly they loved him… like immediately. In fact, I was freaking out because Bacon took his hand and started walking around Adventure Land with him like he’d known him for years after about 7 seconds. I distinctly remember… Continue reading Happy Fathers Day To The Stepdad