When I Mourn The Mundane: Grief, Loss and Special Needs Motherhood

When I Mourn the Mundane: Grief, Loss and Special Needs Motherhood

I saw them as I drove out of the Target parking lot. Two little boys, rolling down a grassy hill, squealing in delight as their momma waited at the bus stop nearby. Such a simple little scene... But I felt like I couldn't breathe, watching the oldest boy roll with abandon and wild joy. Tears immediately began to flow, and I actually had to...Read More
10 Things We Don't Do To Celebrate Christmas #autism #specialneeds #christmas #specialneedsmom

Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

I have been feeling the pressure for a while now. 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. This morning, I woke up feeling tired, anxious and like...Read More
Navigating The Holidays With Special Needs #christmas #specialneeds #autism #adhd

Navigating The Holidays With Special Needs

I am tired. Really tired. Not so much from a lack of sleep, although I am that kind of tired too. No, I am more weary, soul tired. My limbs feel heavy as I move through my days, and find I need to tell myself to pay attention when someone is talking. It's December. I love Christmas. LOVE it. I don't want to be...Read More

Summer School That Isn’t School

  Like many of you, I am dragging my family over that school year finish line this month. I'm tired. My boys are tired. Our school has slipped into a haze of hurry up and finish just this one thing combined with science projects that I should've supervised a bit better, but instead turned my 11 year old's hands glittery purple for four days....Read More

What Do I Do When Church Hurts?

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 for my son, and to plead for a just...Read More