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

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

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

Cartastrophe in the Produce Section

Cartastrophe in the Produce Section

Backstory: This was in the summer of 2016. I worked most days – the girls – Hannah, 12 years old and Caitlin, 5 years old, went to their grandparents (my parents) while I was at work. An aide from a local agency would come and pick up our autistic oldest son.

Jacob’s aide walks in the door: “Good morning!”

Caitlin: “I fell off a grocery cart and I have a bruise! See? Continue reading

Those Who Get It

Those Who Get It

Realistically, I traded my ability to run or walk well for another daughter.

Totally worth it, I would do it again in a heartbeat (read more on that in my previous blog post here).

That being said, I have pretty much said goodbye Continue reading

My Fun Ride with Multiple Sclerosis {Part 3}

(If you haven’t read them yet – here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2)

Spring 2010: When I Was ‘That’ Patient
My new neurologist, Dr. Bakker, is literally quite lovely and not that much older than I am. Between her and her nurses Bonnie and Shivaun I knew I was in good hands.

First appointment:  Continue reading