I often think of my son’s autism as a journey. A journey with many, many steep mountains. And holes and cliffs. And of course it’s slippery. The hills have jagged rocks and most of the time I feel like I am hanging on for dear life. There is no safety harness or map. I typically … More Have a Kid with Autism? Avoid These Mistakes.
Hiya there friend, Your child has just been diagnosed with Autism. I heard about you from a friend of a friend. Or maybe you found me on Instagram. Or you emailed me at 1 am as you were frantically googling autism in the middle of the night. I see you. I understand what you’re feeling. … More Advice to the Newly Diagnosed Autism Parent
“Why do you talk like that?” I heard the question come from behind me as I helped another child in the Sunday school class. “It’s just the way I am.” I heard my sister-in-law wisely answer the curious boy. My sister-in-law, Kara, was born with Cerebral Palsy. She was helping me in the classroom that … More Talking to Kids About Disabilities
Sometimes, as a Special Mama, it’s very easy to feel invisible. Sometimes, it’s like you’ve lost your identity and the person you were before life changed forever. You may now never get the opportunity to tut in scorn (but inwardly smile, because you know you’ve still “got it”) at builders or tradesmen in vans who … More Hey Special Needs Mom, I See You
Dear Santa, As another Christmas approaches, I think back to one special meeting we had a few years ago. It was a visit with you that changed how my daughter (and myself) saw Christmas and helped her enjoy what can be a stressful time of year full of changes. Back in 2012, we came to … More I’m Grateful For the Santa Who Saw How Special My Special Girl Is
What is it about babies’ feet that’s so adorable? Is it their tiny toes, the pure baby smell, or the fact that they are completely unblemished? When Livy was born, the nurses created a foot impression ornament for us. They gently placed her foot in plaster, added her name to it, and painted it pink. … More These Little Piggies
Nothing says Christmas more than a group of children dressed up and ready to present their version of the Nativity. And what says Nativity more than a dog, a lion, a tiger, and a skunk? Oh, my! When our church does something, we don’t skimp on anything. Between the larger-than-life angel wings, the full band … More Holidays: My New Normal