Autism · Depression · Dyslexia · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Prayer · Survival Mode

When I Don’t Know How To Help My Child

It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon when it started. My son had been outside, working on a pond project in our backyard. He came inside, clearly overheated and tired. About 30 minutes later, he began speaking really fast, in sentences that didn’t quite make sense. He kept talking, in an endless stream of consciousness,… Continue reading When I Don’t Know How To Help My Child

Autism · Dyslexia · Family · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now

It is now February and, as much as I hate to admit it,  we are still recovering from the holidays. The lack of routine, the lack of sleep, the lack of control – it has left a lot lacking in our daily lives. Add to the chaos, a trip to the hospital for my son,… Continue reading 5 Things That Are Making Life Easier Right Now

Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Survival Mode

My Love-Hate Relationship With Routines

Y’all, the holiday season took. its. toll. I mean really. After a road trip that lasted two weeks, all the fun that comes with seeing family, kids being spoiled rotten, and eating whatever and whenever, we returned home. Then we promptly all got the stomach flu. In succession. One right after the other, all week-long.… Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationship With Routines

Autism · Family · Grace · Homemaking · Parenting · Survival Mode

Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

I am starting to feel the pressure. It was subtle at first. Like a vague feeling of stress, mixed with the whisper that I am forgetting something. Then, as the holiday season progressed, it grew. The shopping, the wrapping, the traditions, the parties – the holiday season is in full force. And this morning, I… Continue reading Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

Autism · Family · Just For Fun · Stepfather · Survival Mode

Things We Never Thought We’d Say ‘Thank You’ For

“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

Autism · Guest Post · Survival Mode

I Think My Child Has Autism; What Now?

I had no idea when I started writing here, that so many of you would say, “Me too.” Isn’t that just the way of things?  We think we are so alone, the only one. For me, nothing makes the load feel lighter than another momma sharing her experience and saying, “Me too.” This post was… Continue reading I Think My Child Has Autism; What Now?

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 · Homemaking · Survival Mode

What No One Told Me About Being A Stay At Home Mom

Being a working mom was HARD. Like for realz. Working outside the home in an executive level, management position meant every single day felt like a mad dash to achieve, perform, manage, and mother – all at the same time. But the truth is, working outside the home was predictable. It was steady. It was… Continue reading What No One Told Me About Being A Stay At Home Mom

Autism · Grief · Parenting · Survival Mode

Hypervigilance and Mothering a Child With Autism

I had a dream last night. In it, my son was in pain, but I couldn’t understand where, or what was causing it. I was calm, but focused. I kept trying to ask him questions about his body in a different way, hoping he would be able to communicate what was bothering him. I asked… Continue reading Hypervigilance and Mothering a Child With Autism

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

Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

My son has never been one for baths. It was evident from the start. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was admitted to a children’s hospital. He was desperately ill, and no one knew why. We were there for more than a month. At some point a nurse came in, took… Continue reading Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

Autism · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting · Survival Mode

The Definition of Insanity and Motherhood

My first serious boss, at my first serious job, used to repeat it over and over. It was a mantra to try new approaches, to work harder, to get the job done. A few years later, when I was now the serious boss, I used to say the same thing to my team, expecting creativity,… Continue reading The Definition of Insanity and Motherhood