Untouched

My 12 year old son just surpassed a decade of living and thriving with an autism diagnosis. A freaking decade. I sort of feel like balloons and confetti should be falling from the ceiling. As I reminisce over the past 10 years, the autism has bestowed upon Zion a laundry list of obsessions. Most of which are related to TV or…

Normal

Raising kids is hard. Raising a child with any kind of special needs is harder. Even when there are two supportive and loving parents, it is tough. I’m not just a single parent, I’m actually an only parent…meaning that I have raised two kids without the other parent being involved. I have always been very concerned about the long-term effect…

Connection

Thursday morning at 5:31 a.m., I received a text that woke me up. It was from one of my best friends. She informed me that Chris Cornell had died. I sat up in bed and stared at that message for a good 5 minutes before it registered. And then I just flopped myself back into my pile of pillows and…

From Rory to Lorelai

If I could only watch one TV show for the rest of my life, it would be the Gilmore Girls. No contest. I started watching it in the year 2000 when it aired. I was immediately hooked. I loved everything about it. The sarcasm. The quick banter. The bestie relationship between mother and daughter, Lorelai and Rory. I imagined having…

Removed

It was summer 2009. I remember so little anymore, but I remember that summer so well. I was freshly divorced and trying hard to put my life back together. To add insult to injury, I was trying to learn how to manage raising two kids, one of whom has autism, on my own. So I attended Zion’s IEP meeting with…

Gifted

A few days ago, one of my old blogs popped up in my Facebook feed. It was the blog I wrote exactly one year ago this weekend. I wrote about how I had lost my voice, due to not using it for so long. What they say is true….if you don’t use it, you lose it. This is true with many things.…

What love means

This past weekend was wonderful. But it went by so quickly, it was almost a blur. Isn’t that always the way when we are with the ones we love? Saturday evening, my kids and I attended an outdoor barbecue at the home of some dear friends. It also served as a surprise engagement party, where I was asked to give…