Never-Empty Nest

A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence.  My Mom is finally an empty-nester.  She has had children at home for the past 32 years.  32 years.  She obviously was a tad excited as she spared no time changing my sister’s bedroom into her new craft room.  But I know she felt sad and a bit lost as well.  She wasn’t sure what to do with herself without actively playing the role of Mom all the time.I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be....more

The Protector

I was riding the ferry with my younger brother, on our way to see our Mom who lived on an island.  A boy, one with a reputation of being a tough-guy bully kept poking fun at my brother.I was a shy, little thing.  I never spoke to anyone unless they spoke to me first.  I was meek and anxious.  I sat there, pretending I didn’t hear the bully’s words....more

Ten Birthday Wishes

Yesterday was my birthday.It was a wonderful day being thoroughly surprised by my husband, cupcakes at work, and lots of hugs from my amazing boys....more

This is OUR Autism

If you meet one child with autism, you have met one child with autism.This is our autism.It’s the sweet morning cuddles every single morning- be it 7 AM or on a full moon- 4AM....more

What I Learned At AAC Camp

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Seeking Independence

This past year has been a real growing year for my oldest son and his path to independence.  It started with allowing him to ride his bike to the library (the next street over) and grew to walking home from school one day a week with our neighbors.  It’s been a learning curve for the both of us.  I’ve had to have internal arguments with myself and remind myself not to hover like a helicopter....more

Bittersweet Birthdays

Tomorrow my baby turns ten. Like any Mom, I love watching my children grow and become these amazing little people. And like any Mom, I also just want them to stay little forever. However, unlike some (most?) Moms, I actually get sad on my son’s birthday. Birthdays for the past few years with Brian have felt bittersweet to me. ...more
OMG this is so sweet....made my sonmore

What is Wrong With Him?

"What is wrong with him?"It's not the first time I've been asked this question by an innocent child at the playground. It doesn't get any easier to hear though.  Each time I choke on my own spit, my heart enlarges and pounds, and at the base of my amygdala I can feel the Mama Bear just wanting to come out and ask the little brat what's wrong with him..But it passes....more

My Biggest Fear Became A Reality

We were the only ones in the park, as park season hasn't officially started, and all enjoying ourselves after another successful Walk for Autism event.I went over to the grill to see how the spare ribs and chicken were coming and chatted with my husband, aka: the grillmaster, for two minutes.Walked back to the picnic table where I had left Brian among family.And he wasn't there.I frantically started asking my family, "Where's Brian?".  Everyone looked around and responded with the similar phrase, "He was just here"....more

These Moments.

We were standing at the bathroom sinks brushing our teeth when Brian started stomping his feet in a rhythmic manner. I watched him and when he stopped he smiled at me....more