September 2020

  • ‘Very Nice Boy You Have Here’

    Yesterday my son rode the bus for the first time to school. I was nervous. I thought about getting in my car and following but didn’t because I knew it… Read More

  • Three “Simple” Words

    I love you. Three simple words. Most of us throw them around loosely. Take them for granted. We say them when we hang up the phone. When a loved one… Read More

  • This Is Independence

    Two weeks ago, this kid asked me to ride the bus. Sorta out of the blue. He verbalized it…’H-U-SSS.’ (B’s are hard for him.) He showed me busses on YouTube.… Read More

  • He Did His Best

    Today was a big day for this kid and our family. We went to the Afton Apple Orchard. You know the kind with lots of noise and people and waiting… Read More

  • We Are More

    You must be sad… I’ve heard that phrase a few times over the past couple weeks. You must be sad your son rides the shorter bus… You must be sad… Read More

  • The Stories We Share

    We are just a few weeks away from celebrating the 6th anniversary Henry’s autism diagnosis.  We celebrate now, but back then it was a different story. Six years ago, I… Read More

  • You Will Be His Best Advocate

    Sawyer, I am writing down the stories of you so that someday, when you are older, we can look back together at them. Sawyer, your brother Cooper started at your… Read More

  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Label

    My son, Chase, started school a couple of weeks before his fifth birthday. He had never been in a school setting before. Had never been in a “structured” environment.  That… Read More

  • Did I Do Enough For Her?

    When I found out my third baby was going to be a girl, I was really excited. I had two boys already and was curious how adding a little girl… Read More

  • Five Things I Wish I Knew Before An Autism Diagnosis

    If you are new to this autism journey and are wondering how to process all the information out there, here are some things I wish I had known while going… Read More

  • Every Autism Mama

    I’d like to take a moment, and introduce you to an autism mama. You’ve seen her before, pushing a cart in the grocery store, or holding hands with a teenager… Read More

  • An Apology to My Children

    To my children – my little marvels, I am writing you this letter to tell you how sorry I am. But first and foremost I want you to know that… Read More

  • Look For the Silver Lining

    So many things could be said about the lack of “sunshine” surrounding a diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s labeled as rigid. And scary. And lonely. And most people… Read More

  • Somewhere in the Middle Of Hope

    Most days you can find me somewhere in the middle of hope at the intersection of not knowing what I’m doing nor where I’m going. This is the life I’ve grown… Read More

  • “You Need To Calm Down”

    Yesterday I decided we needed to get out for one last summer weekend…take a chance with masks, and take a chance with the world. Going out is never simple. Johnny’s… Read More

  • Silence

    Early this morning, I took my middle son, one of the twins who is Autistic, with me to run some errands. I did my usual commute to town which is… Read More

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