Lessons I’ve learned about marriage while raising a child with special needs.

“We’ve spent so much of our time and marriage teaching our son how to communicate somewhere along the way my husband and I forgot how to effectively do that with each other.”

A love letter to my fellow autism mom.

The love language for a special needs parent to feel seen, accepted, and understood is as simple as a head nod, and a “me too” on a zoom call or a quick chat on the phone. Or maybe even in the grocery store where your child is having a hard time. If you’ve ever beenContinue reading “A love letter to my fellow autism mom.”

A letter to the struggling autism mom.

Mama, I see you, and I feel your heartache. I understand that every single day is a back and forth balance of finding the joy and grieving the life you thought your child would have. Your days are now filled with therapy appointments, IEP meetings, arguments with insurance and sleep deprivation. You are now leadingContinue reading “A letter to the struggling autism mom.”

My love for him, and my love for the holidays

My love for him and my love for the holidays had to be kept separate before this year. My sister and I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve, we would cuddle up together in our matching pajamas but we were always too excited to sleep. We would wake before the sun, “sneak” down the stepsContinue reading “My love for him, and my love for the holidays”

I’m ready for forever

This morning I thought about forever, as we woke up before the sun, and hurried to get ready to go find trains. This is what we do. When you first find out you’re going to become a parent you think about raising a child, sending them off to college, and watching them get married andContinue reading “I’m ready for forever”

I’m thankful for grandparents

When I stop to count my blessings I never forget to say thank you seven times for the grand parents. Being a special needs grandparent is it’s own arena. They’ve learned how to meet Jackson where he is, fall in love with trains, find their way into his world. And we’ve been lucky enough toContinue reading “I’m thankful for grandparents”

Success in special needs parenting

Success in special needs parenting follows its own set of rules. It isn’t measured by little league trophies, or karate belts, classroom awards, or Boy Scout badges. Success is never giving up when you’re told all the “cant’s”. It’s that your child tried one new food this year. It’s never settling for less than whatContinue reading “Success in special needs parenting”

The evolution of communication

When I think back on this journey of parenting a child on the autism spectrum certain bullet point topics stand out to me that will define your journey as a parent, your child’s journey as a person with autism, and the journey for those who can selflessly join in for the ride. What stands outContinue reading “The evolution of communication”

Mama, you are not alone.

Mama, you are not alone. I have lost sleep too, and I don’t have all the answers. I also don’t have a crystal ball with what this back to school season will look like. My special needs kiddo also can’t wear a mask, and he can’t communicate when he’s feeling sick. He still puts thingsContinue reading “Mama, you are not alone.”