Why Is My Child So Explosive?

When my son kicked the windshield, I didn't think it would break. I was wrong. Apparently, the force of losing all rational thought and ability was enough to crack it from end to end. He was crying, flailing and screaming at me. "I can't do it. Mommmmeeeeeeeee. I can't.  I can't go in." We were in the parking lot of his doctor's office -...Read More

When Mommy Is The Problem

I heard a friend say once that if it wasn't for her children, she would be the best mom. Ha! and Yes! Too often I find myself thinking, "If he would only ______________." If he would only stop melting down in public, then things would be easier. If he would only take a shower, then I wouldn't worry so much about his future." If...Read More

What Has Surprised Me Most Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

I have been thinking a lot lately, about the day we received my son's autism diagnosis. The anniversary was August 1st. I don't celebrate the date. I don't mourn the date. But I do note it, every year. I am amazed at how far we have come. Daily, out of control meltdowns have become infrequent and manageable. My son can communicate his needs to...Read More

Everyday Hope

I hope I can be the momma they need. I hope I can be the wife he needs. I hope that one day, I will be able to pay for all the medical bills, and still be able to save something for the future. I hope that my son will be able to make it through the next week without any real need for...Read More

When Worksheets Don’t Work – Simple Homeschool

[caption id="attachment_2387" align="alignnone" width="660"] Because usually home school is more like couch school.[/caption] I have often said that discussing homeschooling publicly is more terrifying to me than spilling my guts about my children, my marriage, my faith, or any other topic. And I know exactly why… I used to be extremely opposed/judgy/uninformed/militantly against it. (I was once so rude and condescending to a homeschooling...Read More