Being Imitators

Because Cadence is profoundly autistic, her skill set is pretty small.  As she grows into a woman her level of independence continues to grow, but it has taken years.  One thing, however, that she has always loved to do is color and draw.  At first she would just color randomly, just lines and blobs.  As…

Running out of Margin

I remember the first time Cadence, my profoundly autistic daughter, wrote her name completely on her own.  She was about 10 years old and time stood still in that moment. We had been working on that for years. Since that monumental day, her name writing has become a regular part of her life.  She writes…

Taking the High Road

My family and I were recently in NC and were looking for something to do. When we need to find something to do, we always look at TripAdvisor which mentioned a spot called Shunkawauken Falls. It said it was right on the side of the road. Easy peasy right? Wrong. Way, way, way wrong. I…

Not Letting Go

Yesterday was a day of adventure and misadventure. It was be-au-ti-ful! in SC in the early part of the day. The kids were sitting around playing on their devices and hubby and I decided they needed to get out of the house. We dragged the bikes out of the garage and pumped up the tires…

Why?

“Why does she do that? ” my 10-year-old asked me recently, while watching her 15-year-old autistic sister draw a picture.  The question wasn’t why she was drawing a picture.  It was why she had just drawn the same exact picture 15 times in 15 different colors and stacked them neatly in a pile. I wish…

A Part of Your World

My middle daughter was desperate to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie so she and I had a girl’s night out and enjoyed it immensely.  Watching this movie caused us to start talking about other Disney movies.  I have 4 daughters, so we have seen all the princess movies, some over and over….

What Winning Looks Like

She didn’t roam around the store or try to take off with 15 pair of socks or shred all the price tags into tiny pieces on the floor…

The Quirky Kid’s Guide to Eternity

As most of you know, my oldest daughter is profoundly Autistic and I often share lessons we learn from our journey as her parents.  Something I do not talk about very often, however, is that my only son, my 15-year-old firstborn, has Asperger Syndrome.  Although there are some similarities with their conditions from time to…

Storms that Bring Blessing

I was at a friend’s house this week for a visit and she showed me some damage that had been done to her house by a recent storm.  Some of the brickwork was busted around her porch, as well as posts needed to be replaced.  In addition, they were going to need a new roof. …

When Life Gets Crazy

Crazy.  That’s what we do at our house.  We do it pretty well.  We’re gifted at crazy.  We even have a dog that I’m convinced has a split personality.  I recently told the story of getting a 2nd degree burn in my kitchen.  What I didn’t tell was that a spaghetti squash exploded on me. …

Don’t Judge Me

I have a couple littles at my house that are crazy about bacon.  It’s an unnatural love for pork that I find somewhat disturbing, but nonetheless, it is what it is.  Recently I cooked a plate of bacon for breakfast and one of my littles, who gets up before the rest of the house, “called…

A Lifetime of Moments in an Evening

Sunday night was an incredible evening for my family.  Our 13 year old daughter with Autism and an Intellectual Disability was baptized.  In our church tradition we only bring individuals into full membership of our church after they have taken the step of baptism based on their belief in the saving knowledge of Christ. There…