Doctors · Motherhood · Survival Mode

For The Waiting Room Mom

A sweet friend texted me last week from a waiting room. Her son was in the room next door, undergoing additional neuropsychological evaluations. She said she knew I would understand. The waiting. The mounting fear. The worry. The silence. The beige decor. The straining to hear what was being said on the other side of the… Continue reading For The Waiting Room Mom

Motherhood · Prayer · Survival Mode

When You’re Not The Mom You Want To Be

I have not been the mom I want to be today…not at all. I am so tired. I am increasingly resentful of all the care my children require. I am overwhelmed by a week that seems like it Just. Won’t. End. It feels like there is not enough coffee in the world. The floors are… Continue reading When You’re Not The Mom You Want To Be

Motherhood · Parenting · Survival Mode

Blaming Parents Of Children With Special Needs

Since the day my first baby was born, I have felt responsible for my children’s differences. Not responsible in the “I’m the momma so I need to help my child” kinda way (although I certainly feel that too). Responsible in the “Why do you let him sleep with you instead of in the crib, eat… Continue reading Blaming Parents Of Children With Special Needs

Family · Podcasts · Survival Mode

Sometimes, You Just Need To Hear It From Another Mom

She looked at me and said, “It will get easier. I know it’s hard right now. You are figuring it out and it will get easier.” My eyes welled up with tears. I just needed to hear it from another mom. Another mom who has been there. Another mom who has managed a meltdown. Another… Continue reading Sometimes, You Just Need To Hear It From Another Mom

Frugal Living · Homemaking · Survival Mode

When Life Gets Messy, So Does My Budget

I sat down today to finish out the month’s financial paperwork, both for my husband’s business and our household. Once again, one thing is clear – When my life gets out of control, my spending soon follows. There is a direct, proportional, undeniable link between the two (unfortunately!). We have had a stressful month… and… Continue reading When Life Gets Messy, So Does My Budget

Motherhood · Survival Mode

When Mom Needs To Get Back On Track

My house is a disaster area. For reals. I am afraid to look in dust bunny-ridden corners, and the bathrooms make me want to wave a white flag. My approach to school has been hit or miss, at best. The number of doctor appointments, dentist appointments and therapist appointments we have each week is just… Continue reading When Mom Needs To Get Back On Track

Friendships · Grief · Survival Mode

When Life Feels Unfamiliar

It was a matter of days, after my oldest son’s first diagnosis, that the emails and Facebook links began pouring in. Welcome to Holland, by Emily Pearl Kingsley, is like required reading for a mom with a newly diagnosed child. I read it. I liked it. I identified with it. I nodded my head a… Continue reading When Life Feels Unfamiliar

Depression · Grief · Survival Mode

Depression and Mothering A Child With Special Needs

It’s been coming on for a while now. And with good reason. The list of diagnoses and medicines. The boys’ meltdowns and anxiety attacks. The constant hypervigilance. The lack of sleep. The loss of any real personal time. And, the intense grief that my youngest is spinning out of control in a mood disorder that… Continue reading Depression and Mothering A Child With Special Needs

Family · Just For Fun · Survival Mode

3d Summer Fun (Without Screens!)

Please know, although I  was compensated for my time reviewing this product and hosting the giveaway, the opinions expressed within are 100% my own. Thank you for your continued support of my family! Summer and I have an on again, off again relationship. I love the slower pace. I love the night swims. I love the… Continue reading 3d Summer Fun (Without Screens!)

Homemaking · Parenting · Survival Mode

Calming The Chaos Of Motherhood (one list at a time)

A few years ago, my best friend asked if I would be willing to stay at her house for the weekend and babysit. She and her husband wanted to get away, and she knew I wanted some time to spoil her preschooler and baby girl rotten. (Incidentally, I am always the auntie or friend that… Continue reading Calming The Chaos Of Motherhood (one list at a time)

Autism · Parenting · Survival Mode

Daylight Savings Time and Children with Special Needs

It’s that time again. No pun intended. Spring forward. Daylight Savings Time. Or, as we like to call it here in my house, twice yearly crazy time. Changing the time is a big deal around here. Really big. It seems like such a simple thing – it’s only an hour. I have been asked more… Continue reading Daylight Savings Time and Children with Special Needs

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Top 10 Tips For Sensory Kids and Their Parents

Please do not get me started. I just read another article, with another ‘expert’ stating that sensory processing disorder isn’t a real thing. I can’t even. If you are a mom of a child with sensory processing disorder, you knew it far before anyone ever suggested there might be an actual medical term for it. … Continue reading Top 10 Tips For Sensory Kids and Their Parents