Children should be seen AND heard

I’m sure many, if not all of you, have either heard of or watched the hilarious sitcom, Arrested Development. Before kids and I could watch or listen to what I want during the day, I practically had the show on a loop. The school several of the family members attended, Milford Academy, highly encouraged/mandated children … Continue reading Children should be seen AND heard

No Such Thing (as a supermom)

My son quickly corrects me when I call him by his name, reminding me he is NOT Pace, he is Spiderman. In fact, he corrects just about everyone who calls him Pace. He’s so lucky he’s cute. He, then, follows up by calling me Super Mommy. Sure, in his eyes, I am a superhero. It’s … Continue reading No Such Thing (as a supermom)

20 Years Ago

"Beyond the door there's peace I'm sureAnd I know there'll be no more tears in heaven..." - Eric Clapton - In the winter of 1998, I sat with my mom and stepsister in a theater in Mesa, AZ to watch Stepmom. Do you remember that movie? Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon are the main characters. … Continue reading 20 Years Ago

The Night We Met

I’ll be honest, I’m not the most sentimental person. My memory is terrible and I don’t remember special dates, nor do I find it extremely important. BUT, I do remember the night I met my husband. It’s probably because meeting him would changed the course of my life. So, I dedicate this post to my … Continue reading The Night We Met

The Woes of a Stay at Home Mom

I heard a comedian joke about stay at home moms once. “Oh, yah, that’s tough staying in your pajamas and watching T.V. all day.,” he said snarkily. Alright, I’m paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it. A skewed view, no doubt, but it was part of his bit. I can take a joke. Then … Continue reading The Woes of a Stay at Home Mom

Autism, Meltdowns, & Tantrums

I’m going to be very straightforward in saying one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is when parents of typical children claim they know the struggles of an autistic child’s meltdown or tantrum... The logical part of my brain realizes they’re just trying to commiserate, BUT a typical child’s meltdown is NOT the same as a … Continue reading Autism, Meltdowns, & Tantrums

Autism, Fear, & Elopement

Today, I arrived at my daughter’s school earlier than usual. I decided to surpass our normal routine of waiting in the pick up zone and parked my car in the lot. It was one of those days in the Pacific Northwest when the sun was out and temperatures mild. It’s basically mandatory to be outside … Continue reading Autism, Fear, & Elopement

Embracing & Celebrating Autism

Anyone who truly knows me, recognizes I’m not one to repress my feelings about anything. I’m especially candid about the difficulties of parenthood. Then, in our case, the addition of having a special needs child has caused me to become incredibly transparent. At times, I’ve fallen victim to pitying myself and our life. Every outing … Continue reading Embracing & Celebrating Autism

Autism Awareness

Hey guess what? April is World Autism Awareness Month AND today is World Autism Awareness Day! DUH! Okay. Okay. Maybe not everyone knows, but if you have a loved one or friend with Autism, you know all about it. In honor of this month, we celebrate our girl, Brynn. We celebrate her challenges, strengths, gifts … Continue reading Autism Awareness

The Day They Stopped Asking

The moment I dreaded the most about my wedding day was the reception. The mere thought of having everyone’s eyes on me, on us, made me queasy. Little did my amateur mind know the most shocking occurrence was incessantly hearing, “When are you two having babies?” Oh Lordy. I was not prepared for that. Mark … Continue reading The Day They Stopped Asking