I have often overlooked the little milestones made by J. Not for not looking, but because his development has plateaued for quite some time (years), or because I’m just too close to see the little changes. Other times it takes me a while to realize that this “new thing” he’s doing (whatever it may be) is actually a ‘typical’ developmental milestone that I should be [...]
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 107,000 children and youth are currently waiting for homes in the U.S. foster care system. That doesn’t take into account the number of pregnant women looking to give their babies up for adoption or the children and youth around the globe who are in foster care of one kind or [...]
“Whose dog tags are these?” A young man visiting our home asked as he stood beside my front door, holding a set of dog tags. I keep them hanging on my key holder for quick snatching on the way out. “John’s see, one has his name and that he is non-verbal the other has contact information so I can be contacted if he is lost. [...]
My cell phone rang, it was my oldest son Aaron. “Mom I just saw us, not us as we are today, but us, like life used to be.” He said in one quick breath, I knew he was trying hard not to cry. “What did you see?” He took a deep breath, let it out slowly and told me about his encounter. “Well I went [...]
The wind hurts my skin One of the things you get used to with a child that is fairly non-verbal or at least, non-communicative, is not asking questions that are too complex to answer. Simple, concrete, yes / no type questions are good. Not theoretical. Not taking too much consideration or imagination. Or, quite simply, not asking any questions that are outside the realm of [...]
After I got to know a lady who had a Down’s child, I ask her if she knew before her son was born or learned at birth. “At birth” she remarked, “Same time we learned he was a boy and a red head, a lot to take in at once!” She broke into a huge smile. “Just having a red head was a shock.” This [...]
When I began blogging so many years ago… so many formats ago, I had no idea where my life was heading. I began writing as I do now, to share experiences, opinions, resources. I shared our family’s struggles and triumphs so that others would not feel alone in their journey. No one should ever feel that… though we all do. I never imagined I’d make [...]
I stood in the women’s restroom of Walmart waiting to see the results of the home pregnancy test. It was well after 10 p.m. and my husband was at home with the boys. When I saw a plus sign appear, a part of me rejoiced and a part of me panicked. I was 40 years old, the mother of a 16 year old teenager with [...]
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You don’t prepare for the moment you realize something’s “wrong” with your child. No one expects that their joy from one of the happiest days of their lives will be overshadowed with pain. No one ever tells us, as parents of special children, that one of many the things we will find ourselves doing is grieving….a lot. When discovering our children have disabilities, what “normal” [...]
This post was originally written in 2011, but still brings tears to my eyes today. PLEASE, give it a read...absorb what I say for my J. • This is what Autism is to me... He rages. Has meltdowns on an unearthly scale. Personally I’ve been punched in the back of the head, about my back...my hair pulled, constantly head butted. I’ve been bitten numerous times. [...]
An Open Letter to all who Support the Greater Good Concept, I am labeled a fear monger. I am told I am misguided. I am told the government knows more about how to keep my child safe from illness than I do. I am told to trust in vaccines. I did. They destroyed my son’s life. I found myself in a world where deny the [...]