Towards the end of preschool Parker made a rainbow painting at school with streamers hanging down from the end of each color. My love for rainbows hung it no where but the best place. It sways from a hook up high in our kitchen so we can walk under it often because hanging out under […]

I will not be a broken record

candle light vigil

With April comes Autism Awareness month. In the past I was the first mom to wave my puzzle piece ribbon while shining my blue light but I’m just not there anymore. Everyone knows someone with autism. I don’t need to remind you that the numbers have now risen to 1 in every 68 children. I’m […]

I’m with the band

Special Olympics

There’s this strange argument I used to have with myself and I’ve always wondered if other parents did the same. As the mom of a special needs child, I looked for every opportunity for her to be with her “peers.” I wanted her to be treated like them. I wanted her to be included in […]

Just what he needed

kids hugging

My husband is not a jewelry wearer and he’s not a lover of framed quotes. I’ve looked for something meaningful to get for him for years. I wanted to find something he can carry with him every day that is a reminder of Hadley. Something more subtle than a necklace with her name on it […]

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

diy St. Patrick's Day garland

We’ve been snowed in long enough to attempt crafts. I’ve even handed over the stapler to people under the age of 18. The kids and I made the cutest St. Patrick’s Day garland and they loved hanging it up above our fireplace almost as much as they loved using the stapler. It was a great […]

What you can call me

My little brothers who might have called me bossy a time or two.

My 30 second caffeine gulping this morning coincided with Good Morning America’s preview of a new campaign to end the word “bossy.” Female celebrities and politicians and businesswomen flashed across the screen and the GMA anchor teased the segment that would land somewhere between my explanation of the necessity of toothpaste and why two socks […]

Stop Saying It

end the r word

Today is the official day of the End the R word campaign. There is a story I could share about how this word was directed towards someone I love dearly. But I won’t. I heard what was muttered and the person it was directed towards did not. Putting it in print will not help either […]

This is how you do it

photo 4 (1)

I took a risk and handed my phone to the teenager two rows in front of us. I wanted a better picture of the sign with her name on it. “You know one of those kids?” the man standing next to me ask. “I do. The one second from the coach? That’s my daughter.” I […]

The kids are going to be just fine

kids in snow

On the way to pick up Parker I lodged our SUV firmly in a diagonal position in the driveway. I had already run back in the house ten times to find the perfect snack/drink combo to keep Sawyer quiet for the ride so I was left with about 15 minutes to complete the 20 minute […]

How to get inspired

advice on getting rid of writers block

Sometime after Christmas but long before Easter I’ve usually had enough winter. This year, with quadruple the amount of snow and a decrease in the temperature by roughly 2 million percent, my winter slump is even worse. This winter slump has led to a case of writer’s block that may be my payback for saying […]