I have heard so many stories lately. Stories from moms of unique little ones, just like mine. Stories of pain, misunderstanding, harsh criticism, and sorrow. Stories about church. Three years ago this week, I had a post go viral for the very first time. I wrote When Church Hurts, to describe the experience of church… Continue reading What Do I Do When Church Hurts?
I have been feeling it for a while now. The nagging worry. A tiny flicker of fear. The desire to head to Mexico and have a drink by the pool. Summer is coming. When you have a child who requires a consistent routine and struggles with change, summer break is not something you look forward… Continue reading Summer Break For The Child Who Needs Structure
“Where do all these diagnoses come from? Are your children adopted?” I hung up the phone with the doctor a few minutes later and thought, “Well, add that to the list of awkward moments as a mom of children with special needs.” There have been so many questions and comments over the years that have… Continue reading Things Doctors Just Shouldn’t Say To A Special Needs Mom
He takes a shower without too much fuss, but the steps required to actually bathe are something we are still working on. He is still struggling with basic introductions and goodbyes. Any process involving more than two steps or simultaneous actions is not easy for him. Last week, he stood outside the car with the… Continue reading Life Skills Matter (so why do I treat them like extras?)
I overheard my youngest son talking to his friend last week. “My biggest dream, besides being able to feel better and not have all my medical issues because that’s really my biggest dream – my second biggest dream is that the owl from Hogwarts got lost on my birthday and it’s still going to show… Continue reading This Side Of Heaven (when we are forced to watch our children suffer)
Before I had children, I spent most of my time working in big cities. New York. Boston. San Francisco. Seattle. Los Angeles. If I walked, it was a few blocks to the office, to the coffee shop, or to the nail salon. I enjoyed that life. It suited me. I haven’t gone camping since I was… Continue reading Nature Study For The Not So “Outdoorsy” Mom
I am really struggling with everything right now. The constant meltdowns are just getting to be too much. I am not sure I can do this much longer. How do you do all this and not feel like you want to quit? A sweet mom emailed me this question last week. I receive a variation… Continue reading When You Want To Quit (and you will want to quit)