Thinking all the thinks

My girl is three today.  I am, admittedly, a bit of a disaster. Teetering on a tightrope between relief as she becomes older and more self-sufficient, and a deep sense of fear for what this next stage of life will throw at her. I felt guilty writing this. Like it was inappropriate, somehow, to not focus only on the positive milestones reached. But I’m just … Continue reading Thinking all the thinks

do good work and be nice to people

Each morning before my husband leaves for work, he asks our son the same question… “What are we going to do today?” “Good work and be nice to people!” Sam repeats with pride. Occasionally, “and listen to mama” gets added on for good measure.  Do good work and be nice to people. It’s simple, straightforward, yet a message need not be complex to be profound, right? … Continue reading do good work and be nice to people

what about brother?

In the days and weeks after Maggie’s regression, as the words “autism” and “on the spectrum” became part of our every day vocabulary, I spent a lot of time reworking my expectations. I expected our priorities would need to shift. I expected to worry for Maggie in all sorts of new ways. I expected that we would get our heads wrapped around it all and … Continue reading what about brother?

i will worry with you

How did you know? This has been the most common question I’ve gotten since opening up about Maggie’s recent autism diagnosis. And I’m so grateful for it, because it shows a genuine interest and desire to understand. Maggie’s relatively quick diagnosis can be attributed to some pretty glaring “red flags” and a vigilant pediatrician. And research supports early intervention for these kiddos to improve long … Continue reading i will worry with you

how was your day, can you tell me about it?

Whenever we sit down to a meal, Sam asks us this question, word-for-word, same cadence and inflection, without fail. “How was your day, can you tell me about it?” I love that this interest in others is being cultivated by his wonderful teachers at school… and hopefully substantially reinforced at home. At breakfast, when it seems that “nothing” has yet been accomplished, one is not … Continue reading how was your day, can you tell me about it?

punkins, boos & spiders, oh my!

*originally published on my old blog in fall of 2015; it feels particularly fitting to republish this in honor of little Miss Haylee’s 2nd Birthday today! And can you believe little Boo Maggie was barely in my belly then?!   It’s been a while! We knew we had to get back on the blogging bandwagon somehow, and what better way to make that happen than with a … Continue reading punkins, boos & spiders, oh my!

work in progress: when leaves listen

When Leaves Listen, the first book in a planned series, blends the magic of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, the metaphysical undertones of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and a flare of the dystopian adventure found in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. The reader follows fourteen-year-old Dorothy May Noles as she finds her average life upended by a not-so-average disaster. Dottie must navigate the … Continue reading work in progress: when leaves listen