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. …

It is Still Raining

Last fall our area experienced what was called a 100 year flood.  It rained for days and days.  My kids looked out the windows often and reported incredulously, “It. Is. STILL. Raining!” It was really unbelievable how much water was dumped on parts of our state in a very short period of time, causing a…

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…

Dry Branches

A couple weeks ago we had a really big storm in our area.  It brought on big thunder and lightening and my little people ended up in my bed waiting for it to pass.  After it settled down we all went to sleep, but the whole county woke up the next morning to find limbs…

Independence Day

Two-hundred and forty years ago The United States of America was willed into existence as our forefathers adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring us a new nation free from the chains of England.  But it took much more than the Declaration to give us our freedoms.  It took a war.  A very high price was…

In Over Your Head

My family and I recently set out on an adventure and went tubing down a river in Tennessee.  It was a beautiful trip.  All 7 of us were floating along laughing and having a good time.  We relaxed during the slow spots and held on during the fast parts and really enjoyed ourselves.  All in…

To be Understood

Because my oldest girl is autistic she is, for the most part, non-verbal.  She can repeat words, but rarely ever uses them to actually communicate.  Cadence is 13 now and I have always tried to be a good student of who she is so I can discern her wants and needs.  If you have children,…

The Problem with Bathtubs

Yesterday morning was crazy.  I couldn’t get my kids to wake up and get ready for school and the morning got off to a rough start.  And then got rougher.  My kids leave for school in shifts and after getting the first set off I went to check on Cadence to make sure she was…

The Scoreboard Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

My middle girl started 6th grade this year and began playing basketball this season. I love basketball. My husband and I both played basketball in school, so we are thrilled to be basketball parents for as long as we have kids interested in playing. We load up the whole family for all the home games…

Mama Needs a New Pair of Shoes

I recently had a flare up of Plantar Fasciitis.  For those of you who have experienced this, you know it is no fun at all and can be quite painful.  I started having trouble a few months back when I started a new job and began wearing a shoe with a small heel. Now mind…