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.

The Face We Call Pace

Our first child, Brynn, is adopted. Going through the adoption process is one of the most beautiful, memorable of experiences of my life. I will share more about it another day, but today I write about our boy. After years of Mark trying to impregnate me, we presumed we would never ride the pregnancy wave. … Continue reading The Face We Call Pace

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