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  • What Are You Thinking Allowing Him To Wear A Dress

    We sat on the couch in his living room. I hadn’t seen him in ages, so I was trying to catch him up on our life. I showed him photo after photo of our family.   Sawyer hitting a baseball off a tee in the backyard. Cooper splashing in a pool. Sawyer holding his fishing pole. Jamie and I drinking…

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  • The Power of Perspective

    A recent conversation left me thinking about the power of perspective. While at a child’s birthday party with my daughter, a dear friend asked me how Jack is doing. Jack… Read More

  • A Nonverbal Thank You

    Cooper has never asked me for a birthday present. He’s never asked me for anything really. If I was to show him something cool or ask him a question about… Read More

  • A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

    Trips to the grocery store. Simple right? Well, this mama didn’t know if we’d ever be able to successfully visit one. Groceries stores are loud. And crowded. And full of… Read More

  • Someday, You’ll Tell Me

    Cooper, this morning was just like every other morning. You woke up happy as usual. Had breakfast, got dressed with Dad’s help, put your shoes (all by yourself!) and your… Read More

  • Please Make Room For Us

    Last Tuesday started like every other day. I woke up way too early, tried to coax my son Ben back to sleep for an hour and lost that battle. Then,… Read More

  • The Hardest Thing You Will Ever Wait For

    We all wait for things. Waiting is a normal part of every day life. Sometimes the waiting is fun and exciting. But sometimes, it’s agonizing. Maybe you are waiting to… Read More

  • I Sorry I Did That

    We had a few years as a family that were extremely difficult. It used to make me cry any time I talked about it, so I usually didn’t. Leland’s toddler… Read More

  • Five Years…Thank You Village

    When my son was born I kept hearing the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child”.  I never understood it until my son was diagnosed with autism. When… Read More

  • A Disorderly Night Before Christmas

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a creature was stimming, still this mom pouts;Her stockings were flung to the floor without care,In hopes this year’s Christmas… Read More

  • A Letter to my Son on his 9th Birthday…

    My sweet boy, today is your birthday. 9 years old. I know it sounds silly, but I almost can’t believe it. All moms say that I suppose. But with you,… Read More

  • Mom, Dad, You have not Failed

    I had the honor of meeting with a doctor today. A very important doctor. I was telling him all about my Cooper. What we’ve been through. I started at the… Read More

  • What is a Brother?

    What is a brother? Funny question right? Do brothers have to play together? Or talk? Or spend time together? Do they have to do those things? For the first three… Read More

  • A Third Baby

    Yesterday morning, as my two boys were snuggling, I asked my 6-year-old son a few questions. ‘Sawyer, are you happy we had another baby?’ ‘Yes mama.’ ‘What do you love… Read More

  • You will Never Understand

    To the mom in the grocery store, who stares while my child is screaming, and your child is calmly walking alongside of you…you will never understand. What you don’t see,… Read More

  • Help STOP Infantile Spasms

    Nearly 1,200 infants every year are diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder called infantile spasms, yet many health care providers have never heard of this disease. There is a great… Read More

  • It Was Against the Health Policy

    Today, we went to the library. It’s the same library I used to visit as a child. I’ve taken the boys several times in the hope of instilling a love… Read More

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Finding Cooper's Voice is a safe, humorous, caring and honest place where you can celebrate the unique challenges of parenting a special needs child. Because you're never alone in the struggles you face. And once you find your people, your allies, your village....all the challenges and struggles will seem just a little bit easier. Welcome to my page!

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