Change

I've been thinking about all the changes that have been happening in my life in the last couple months. And I got to thinking about how my life has changed from what I thought it would be. And how I have changed from the person I was before autism. Some parts I am sad about…

Am I doing the right things?

A question I'm sure every parent asks themselves at some point in their parenting journey. But I think as a special needs parent, you ask this a lot more - about a lot more things. As I look at all the Facebook feeds of kids starting their first day of school, I think back to…

#grateful

At church we are doing a sermon series on #holyhashtag. The first in the series is #grateful. Our pastor asked us to write down the things we are grateful for - on Facebook, twitter, in a journal or just on a piece of paper. This has become a type of journal for me, so I…

Update!

So just wanted to update everyone on what's going on currently in our lives. We found a church that we all love. Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church in Hilliard. They have a sweet girl who stays with Carter during Sunday school (and babysits for us, so we can have a date night). They also have…

Just Mom

I remember making a conscience decision in the first 6 months after Carter's diagnosis. Well, two actually. First, that the world would not change for Carter and I would need to help Carter learn to adjust to the world. And second, that I wanted to just be mom. I remember Carter started a mother's day…

Who?

I'm sure you're asking yourself why 'who' is the most important question. Who is what helped me get to the place I am. Who is what I center my decisions, thoughts and ideas around. Who is everything. You can probably guess where I'm going with this, but I'll say it - God. God is the…

Why?

Why did this happen? To me? To my son? Probably the hardest of all the questions and the one most important to people to find the answer. But I feel like God has helped me find the answer. It took a long time, and I believe early on I wasn't ready for the answer. But…

When?

When does it get easier? I think this is a question most parents ask. As you move from one stage that you thought was so difficult, waiting for the next thing to happen, you realize that each stage comes with its own challenges. This is the same for parents of children with special needs except…

What?

What do we do now? I felt like this was the next question I was asking myself after the we got the diagnosis. After spending hours upon hours scouring the internet looking for answers to the 'where', I was onto the 'what'. As a parent to a special needs child, what did I need to…

Where?

Where do I go from here? The diagnosis aftermath. I remember when we got the official diagnosis in January of 2014. Carter had just turned 2 and a half and I was ready to hear someone actually say the words - "You're son has autism." We had been going through a particularly tough couple months…