Sounds Like Love

Sounds Like Love

“I don’t want to go to a carnival. Who will play with me? I don’t want people to say I’m weird.”

So says my girl, out of the blue but not unexpected. She is six years old. I wondered when it would happen: when Continue reading

Our New Way to Vacation

Our New Way to Vacation

Both my husband and I grew up camping in RVs with our families.

When we had our first baby we were super excited to take him camping, so when he was little we got a tent and camped in that.. a couple times.

Turns out that, even in our early twenties, Continue reading

Conversations With People With Chronic Illnesses (Invisibly or Not-So-Invisibly Disabled)

Conversations With People With Chronic Illnesses (Invisibly or Not-So-Invisibly Disabled)

There are a lot of ‘What Not to Say to (specific demographic)’ articles out there, and they kind of make me cringe.

I have this theory.

I’m fairly certain the only people who Continue reading

Letter To My Daughter About Critical Thinking

Letter To My Daughter About Critical Thinking

You heard that antiperspirant causes breast cancer? Oh wow. Great. I thought I had until you were on Facebook before we’d have to have ‘The Talk’. You know, the one about learning to fact-check information as told by friends, family, sometimes even teachers, and dig out the truth instead. Continue reading

This Can Only Go Well: LGBTQ Edition

This Can Only Go Well: LGBTQ Edition

I had this pretty much finished when I handed it to my teenage daughter to proofread and to ask her permission to include an anecdote about her… then I had to tweak it. A lot.

It’s not that she didn’t give me permission, it’s that she gave me valuable insight. Continue reading

Open Letter to Parents of Newly-Diagnosed Autistic Kids

Open Letter to Parents of Newly-Diagnosed Autistic Kids

Putting this first: For an explanation on why I (and many autistic people) use Identity First Language (‘autistic person’) rather than Person First Language (‘person with autism’), see this great article.

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I’ve been an ‘autism parent’ for a lot of years now; I love when friends send new autism parents my way for advice seeing as I have all the answers.

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!

😂😂😂😂!!!

Okay, all right..

When we started out at this parenting thing we had all the answers, as you do. Then we had our autistic child first and suddenly were in the deep end of the Continue reading

This Can Only Go Well: Christianity and Abortion Edition (please don’t yell at me)

This Can Only Go Well: Christianity and Abortion Edition (please don’t yell at me)

I say this all with grace and love and a deep appreciation that we are all people, every one of us worthwhile and deserving of the same rights, with the same responsibility to be decent, respectable people to each other.

In case that’s not clear enough, it is code for, ‘I expect you to act like an adult’.

My background is evangelical Christian; I know how much we Christians like stories. Parables. Anecdotes and narratives to give us a compass of what Continue reading