• To the Woman I Saw Crying in the Parking Lot of the OBGYN’s Office:

    To the woman I saw crying in the parking lot of the OBGYN’s office this morning: I saw you in the waiting room first. Maybe even before you saw me.… Read More

  • A Friday Smile

    All three of my boys have fallen in love with random objects throughout their life. And also, slept with them. Cooper used to sleep with 8×10 photos of our family.… Read More

  • Progress Over Perfection

    Progress over Perfection. That’s a phrase I think about a lot. In the most challenging years of our son’s life, post autism diagnosis, it felt like we were frozen in… Read More

  • The Mistakes I’ve Made

    I’m going to tell you a not-so-secret secret. I have made some mistakes over the years in my parenting journey. Shocker, right? Not really I suppose. There are no perfect… Read More

  • Real Joy

    Can I tell you about a boy and his secret, amazing world. And joy. He is ten years old. His name is Cooper, although we mostly call him Snoopy Joe.… Read More

  • He is Made of the Wind

    ‘It’s a wondrous thing how the wild calms the child.’ – unknown There is something about being outside that makes life better. For all of Cooper’s life, we have made… Read More

  • What I Can Control

    One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me came from a pediatrician when my third son was 7 days old. I sat in the exam room, dirty… Read More

  • ‘I’m Here Buddy’

    Cooper has always reached for a hand to hold when we are in the community. But not just any hand. Typically mom or dad. He likes the comfort of us… Read More

  • We Just Want to Help Our Son

    I don’t understand anxiety but I’m trying. Most nights, after my son has fallen asleep, and I’ve tucked him in for the last time, I study his features and listen… Read More

  • Waiting For Sister

    Our fourth baby is due in 93 days. Not that I’m counting or anything. Although pregnancy in your late 30’s during a pandemic and a Minnesota winter with three wild… Read More

  • Our Silent Journey

    My sweet boy, We just got back from a car ride. We do that sometimes. You and me. We used to ride around to help you calm down. A much… Read More

  • We Wanted More

    Did you know that someone once told me that our third son, the one in the middle, was a replacement child for Cooper? I assume they wrote that comment to… Read More

  • The World Needs Your Story

    Here are 12 of the now nearly 100 members of Finding Cooper’s Voice Blog Squad. Daily they inspire, advocate, educate, and give hope to others going through the special needs… Read More

  • Dear Anxiety

    Dear anxiety, You and me need to have a talk. Because this co-existing crap isn’t working anymore. We need to set up some rules. You have been with my son… Read More

  • It’s Okay to Ask For Help

    I’m really bad at asking for help. And I don’t mean that in a job interview sorta way where you say your biggest weakness is ‘doing too much’ because you… Read More

  • Happy Valentine’s Day to My Best Friend

    My sweet husband, You and I have never been big Valentine’s people. Or gift givers really. Ever since we had kids we always say we will take a day together… 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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