Disney World – Our First REAL Vacation

Over the last three years vacationing hasn’t been easy for our family. Recently, our older daughter, Kendall, kept begging us to take a trip to Disney World. We believed as a family with a child on the autism spectrum, Disney World would be too much of a challenge. Oftentimes our vacations are simple family trips without…

Good Things Take Time

Three years ago, when Gavin was diagnosed, we were advised to make a new road map for him. It was recommended that we move forward with our expectations of his growth cautiously. We needed to be aware that everything we had planned for him may or may not happen. I watched friends post on social…

Special Needs Parenting on the Fourth of July

I can vividly remember the excitement I had as a child, waiting all day on the 4th of July, to watch the fireworks. After a fun filled day, of hanging out with friends and our extended family, we would finally drive off in the early evening to our viewing location. We would lay our blanket down to…

Early Testing – Autism Awareness Month

Three years ago I started a process for Gavin that I thought only involved a simple speech delay. My beautiful 17-month old baby boy wasn’t communicating at all. In fact, he had regressed in speech and stopped cooing and making sounds altogether. I wasn’t overly worried or concerned at the time because Kendall also had…

Who am I?

Do you ever have guilt?  Guilt so bad that every thought you have of doing something for yourself makes you think that somehow it will negatively affect your son/daughter or someone else you care for daily. I often wonder when we, as a society, started putting so much pressure on ourselves to be the best parents, that we…

Fearing Autism Is Not The Answer

  When I reflect on the past year I remember vividly how painful Gavin’s IEP process was last year. I had a lot of fears about what it meant for Gavin to enter school. We had no idea how many service hours he would receive or what type of classroom they would place him in. I…

Awareness and Acceptance

Today was hard. There is no other way to put it into words. I can’t tell you the frustration and disappointment that I felt when we were told Gavin would not be able to get his haircut today. The stylist did try and sugarcoat his refusal with an attempt to convince us that it was for Gavin’s…

My Kids’ Superhero

This Sunday, June 21, 2015, I will wake-up and celebrate Father’s Day with my family. We will shower Doug with homemade gifts from coffee filter art, to cards, to possibly even more tie-dyed socks! I will sprinkle in some other gifts just to show him how much we appreciate him and then we will head…

Too good to be true

Doug and I recently had an IEP meeting for Gavin with his school. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the option of adding home services to Gavin’s plan. The option of home services would provide Doug and I an opportunity to learn different skills to work with Gavin that would help him both at…

Autism Awareness Month – Light It Up Blue

A year ago, on April 1, 2014, I let my guard down and allowed everyone in my social network to have a glimpse into our life with Autism. I had been uneasy about putting anything on social media. There were already people who knew he was diagnosed, because they were family, friends, or co-workers, who…

The Quirky Princess

My blog for the last year and a half has focused mainly on Gavin. Today though, I’m going to tell the story of my beautiful quirky princess, Kendall.Four years ago I thought, without question, that Kendall was demonstrating red flags on the Autism spectrum. I remember clearly, the frustrating weeks that were ahead, mostly because…