Easy-Shmeezy

For us, it wasn’t just a matter of wanting to be parents. We were meant to be parents, which made our years of infertility difficult to endure. We went to doctors, weighed our options, and seemed to always conclude we’d rather adopt than go through IVF. Adoption has touched our families on mine and Mark’s … Continue reading Easy-Shmeezy

A Pandemic, A Quarantine, and Autism

It’s fascinating how quickly the world can change. Among those who behave inappropriately during a pandemic, there are far more who show kindness and provide humanitarian efforts. These are the happenings I choose to cherish during this uncertain time. As of late, I smile to myself as I jog by a house in our neighborhood. … Continue reading A Pandemic, A Quarantine, and Autism

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

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

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

I need you to fight.

There are few places on this Earth where the separation of before, now and after is as thin and obvious as what you may find in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of your local hospital. Call it what you will – religious, spiritual or even scientific – but there is something unexplainable and beyond … Continue reading I need you to fight.

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