autism · Family · Writing

Unexpected Magic

We’ve been planning this trip ever since we knew we’d be living this close. As we entered the gates and I saw the spires of the castle, the familiar characters, the Christmas carols playing over the sound system, I was overwhelmed. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been here. Magic Kingdom - Holiday Season There… Continue reading Unexpected Magic

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Fragile

Be careful with my heart. I know how you look at me when I'm wth my children. I see you watching. I'm aware. I know what it looks like. I'm a fragile mom, yes, but a mom who is battle-tested and will no longer shy away from meeting your eyes. I will not be shamed. I… Continue reading Fragile

Family

It’s Happened…

It has officially happened. I woke up this morning and realized: I am a parent. Beyond simply giving birth and raising a family, I've become that parent. You know what I'm talking about. Driving my minivan, crumbs all over the floor from breakfast on the way to school, and on our way to (drum roll… Continue reading It’s Happened…

Faith and Personal Growth · Family

Parenting: Are We Over Thinking It?

I've been told that I "read too much" or "think too much" or "worry too much" when it comes to parenting. Not by anyone person, but in general - by a couple of people. Shaking their heads from side to side with that look that says "there's just too much information out there".  We read books,… Continue reading Parenting: Are We Over Thinking It?

Family

Oh No! Here We Go Again…

Whoever said two's were "terrible" were liars! I'd take two's back any day. Terrible 3's is more like it. (Okay - call it "Terrific 3's" if we're gonna be all PC about it.) In our house, it's beginning again. We have a 2 1/2 year old and she's got the full on 3's. Bring on… Continue reading Oh No! Here We Go Again…

Family · Photography

Wonder-full Wednesday

I have never been so grateful to sleep in my own bed as I am after a stay in a hotel. Yes, more FWPs (First World Problems) but I have to say - if you are thinking of buying a Tempurpedic (or a Select Comfort, I've heard) really consider all options. They are the BEST… Continue reading Wonder-full Wednesday

Family · Food

An Answered Prayer

Since my son was born in 2008 he has been his own little person. He lets his needs be known. Sometimes loudly. He was not verbal until he was 3. Of course because of this (and many other behaviors such as only eating a narrow window of foods, extreme fear of doctors - to the… Continue reading An Answered Prayer

Family

An Experiment

I've noticed lately that more often than not, I am saying "No." to the kids. All the time. Or I'm saying "not right now", "later", "in a minute", etc. I don't want to be that mom. The negative mom that you hear in the store that sounds angry, hurried and just bothered by being a… Continue reading An Experiment

Family

Day.

We woke up (yes "we"- they migrated during the night) this morning to a phone call from Eric. That is always nice, but it happened to be a rare occasion where Hannah was still sacked at 6:30 and Jake might have been cajoled into playing quietly in his room for 15-20 minutes. The phone rang… Continue reading Day.