Monday, January 15, 2018

Help Yourself

It’s been a rough few months with Justin, our severely autistic teenaged son, but even as I’m writing this I know it could be worse, much worse. In my idle moments (there aren’t many, but what woman today has a lot of these) I surf through comments made on Facebook support groups, and despite what’s […]

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Things (Not Whiskers on Kittens)

This is a Listicle Friday post. It’s the prompt for Week 2 of the newly formatted Finish the Sentence Friday writing community. I’m cohosting with Kenya Johnson of Sporadically Yours. This week we’re sharing 10 of our favorite things. I don’t much care for whiskers on kittens as I’m unable to breathe if I’m anywhere near a cat. […]

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Exciting Announcement about Finish the Sentence Friday Improvements and a New Host!

Hey friends. I know you’re confused about why I’m publishing on a Tuesday when I’ve been such a slacker reliable weekly writer of Finish the Sentence Friday. But guess what? That’s exactly why I’m posting. I have a super duper exciting announcement about Finish the Sentence Friday improvements and a new host! I know! I’m bouncing too! […]

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Monday, January 8, 2018

My Son’s Autism Diagnosis

Over the years people have asked me about how and when Justin was diagnosed with autism. My boy got an official diagnosis at seventeen months from a developmental pediatrician, received a spectrum diagnosis at a tender age that was very unusual back in 2004. I remember the pronouncement as being anti-climactic, as just a month […]

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hope for the New Year

As I sing the tune to “Whistle While You Work” which just played on my son’s DVD I see his ebullient smile as he gifts me with his gaze, and as I wrap him tightly in his towel I pull him in closer for a hug. These precious moments of connection have been fleeting in […]

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Most Unforgettable Moments of 2017 (The Best, The Worst)

The calendar did that flip, flip, swish, swish thing again, and it’s almost 2018. And so, tonight, I look at the most unforgettable moments of 2017 (the best, the worst). 2017 holds wonder and light, and also intense grief and loss. I suppose all years do, although some are better than worse. 2017 was the […]

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Getting Help

I am always thinking about ways to make Justin’s life better, to give him a more independent existence. I’m hoping this goes on my tombstone along with “he ate broccoli and lettuce and liked them.” It’s good to have goals. In an effort to bring about said independence I was able to call in the […]