The Attack

The first time it happened it pained me deeply. As it continued to occur, I felt utterly distraught, helpless, and bewildered. You see, when my daughter with autism attacks, she seems like a different person. She’s not the sweet, loving girl we know. To put it frankly, she’s scary. I hate the Jekyll and Hyde … Continue reading The Attack

Parenting Style?

Sometimes I think it’s easy to get caught up in parenting books, articles and/or groups on social media. Don’t get me started on “mom” groups on Facebook. Simply put, they’re the worst. I can’t AND won’t ever subject myself to such negativity and judgement. Anyway, a common question that seems to come up in these … Continue reading Parenting Style?

“Darling, the world doesn’t owe you anything”

I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself as I read a post on my Nextdoor app. The title, “4th of July Fireworks.” Oh, this should be good. In short, the poster was asking her neighbors to limit the fireworks for her highly anxious dog. Okay, first, it’s March, so why are we talking about the … Continue reading “Darling, the world doesn’t owe you anything”

Holiday Time and Autism

I love seeing all the darling family pictures from Christmas Sunday services. It's embarrassing to say I even envy them a bit. Our Sunday service today in retrospect was, well, comical. We usually try our darnedest to arrive to church at least 10 minutes early, allowing us to get the spot we want. We prefer … Continue reading Holiday Time and Autism

The “Coddling” Parent

Recently, I had a peculiar conversation with a woman waiting to pick up her grandchild while I waited for my daughter at her school. I usually get to avoid the awkward parent pick-up small talk because I have my glorious buffer in the form of my son with me. He runs around like a mad … Continue reading The “Coddling” Parent

A Tale of a Special Needs Parent

Take one Kids can be embarrassing, am I right?! Nothing gets you over embarrassment than being a parent, especially of a special needs child. Let me explain. Yesterday began just fine. Nothing out of the norm. We did have a blissful weekend of lazy mornings, so maybe being back in the swing of things made … Continue reading A Tale of a Special Needs Parent

THE LETTER NEVER SENT

I’m hard on myself. I’m sure if I visited a therapist, they would say even to an extreme. My sweet husband witnessed the degree of my self-loathing when I became a mom. Brynn, our daughter, was colicky on top of having medical issues, so she essentially cried most days and nights. My emotions overruled any … Continue reading THE LETTER NEVER SENT

Choose Life, Choose Adoption, Choose Love

The anticipation of the coming of a new baby into this world is almost too much to bear. Often eagerness and anxiety overwhelm the thoughts of the parents-to-be. Then, something remarkable happens. When they hold their baby for the first time, the fear fades. Instead, they are overcome with adoration and love for their tiny … Continue reading Choose Life, Choose Adoption, Choose Love

Our Magic Formula

This is just a regular old day for most of you. For us, it’s our wedding anniversary AND our amazing friend, Tricia’s birthday AND the former Mr. and Mrs. Federline’s anniversary. That’s right, we got married on the same day as Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. I’m happy to proclaim our marriage has surpassed the … Continue reading Our Magic Formula