Grieving My Child’s Diagnosis

When I was in high school, I learned about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief (the stages we go through when we are processing a significant loss or change). It was part of an assignment for a speech I was working on in debate class. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance I still have them memorized. One of the things I remember learning about...Read More

Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

My son showed me exactly how he planned to install a CPU into his computer yesterday. (If you don't know what that is, don't worry. You are in good company. I listen to my son tell me all about computer parts for most of the day, every day, and I am still not 100% sure I know what it really is.) He walked me...Read More

Learning To Embrace God’s Design For My Children

He really, really wanted to see that stinky flower. For months, he had walked by the "titan arum" at the gardens and told me all about it. How it's like a once in a lifetime thing to actually see it bloom, how rare of an experience it would be, how it actually smells like rotting meat, how scientists are studying it to learn more...Read More

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, and no less than four doctors appointments in three...Read More

When People Realize My Son Has Autism

She smiled at me, a mixture of pity and kindness in her eyes. My son was talking jibberish (something that sounded like a mix between a cat's meow and beeps...I am not even sure how to describe it). He was wearing his over-sized, bright orange, and looked like he could be a prisoner picking up trash on the side of the road t-shirt (he...Read More