Giving me a “right” hand

We had put it off for a while. The dentist. The youngest needed a mouth full of work, and with anxiety and sensory needs that kept him from even liking to have his teeth cleaned...we had put it off for months. But we had prepared him for this day. Explained what would occur, how he [...]

To be known

I walked in the room, knowing I needed to apologize. Dinner in our home is definitely a time of interesting, and fiery conversation. The fiery ones center mostly on the state of virtual school. On any given night, one parent ends up being the bad cop, the good cop, or we both end up just [...]

A friend to the lonely

"I don't want to go to school! I.Dont.Want.To!" This wasn't a cry I hadn't heard before from this child. In fact, it's often uttered daily. He doesn't want to get dressed. He mumbles and grumbles many days all the way through the morning routine. But this cry was different. It was a gut-wrenching cry that [...]

Pray. Believe.

One of the toughest jobs I have ever had has been being a parent. While wildly rewarding, it can also be the most heartbreaking of tasks. I question my influence as a parent and a caretaker of many other kids daily. Some times multiple times a day. I question if they even listen. If the [...]

The memory keeper

There is this mythical parenting truth when it comes to pictures. It has often been said that when your first born comes along, you snap away. Not wanting to miss a single moment. With others that follow. Not so much. I have scrapbook upon scrapbook of my oldest. Sports scrapbooks. Scrapbooks filled with field trip [...]

Dear Weary Mama…

  Dear Weary Mama, I know the kind of day you have had. Today was one of those "nice" days. One of those days when the chill of winter was finally gone from the air. There was not a cloud in the sky. The sun was shining, and the temperature just right. After a season [...]

So that no one walks alone

“I’m bored.” “She’s an idiot. Why does she want to go to the pool so much.” “You are the worst brother ever. You don’t ever want to do anything” “You are stupid. I am sick of sitting by this stupid, stupid pool, stupid head.” When they are not fighting over who gets the hour of [...]

I am His

For we are God's masterpiece...Ephesians 2:10 Once again...I have failed. The dishes are unwashed in the sink. Nothing has been accomplished due to pain and sickness. The house is still a mess. There are still bits of the failed attempt at dinner on the floor. After months of just trying to get through homework. Of [...]

Just a Bad Moment

In my home we have something I often refer to as the "witching hour." It is the not so glorious hours between the end of the school day and dinner preparation. It consists of homework battles, grunts of hunger, bad attitudes, and meltdowns. The battle begins with a weary, emotional mom, and the attitude of [...]

Don’t Dismiss Our Struggles

This post will be a little different then those prior to it. While I have spoken on several occasions how autism has affected our family, and written about our many struggles and triumphs, I have not always shared how the misunderstandings of others can often make us feel. We have had many a success. Many [...]