Lord, Hear The Boy’s Cry

One of the most amazing experiences in our 12 years together. Read about Max’s desperate cry for help.

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Time For A Check Up

I’ve spent the last two weeks putting this message together. It’s actually pretty comical how much energy I’ve put into it in relation to how simple it is now that it’s here. But that’s OK. This message is for everyone – not just parents like us. The Backstory If you’re following us on Facebook, you […]

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Autism Doesn’t Follow The Rules

Our family’s version of autism is a little like Wheel of Fortune. Every morning, we spin the big wheel and watch in anticipation as all of Max’s attitudes spin round and round. Whatever attitude it lands on usually dictates how the whole family’s day will go. I will say that most days we land on […]

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The Fog – Looking at Depression and Autism

I took a break from writing for a couple months. I’d love to say that I’ve been too busy, or my computer was broken, or some other excuse. But the truth is this – my head has been in a fog and it’s been tough to concentrate. It would be nice to point to one […]

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The Chains That Bind

For a long time, when trying to explain communication, interaction, and understanding with Max to those around me, I’ve used the imagery of an invisible set of chains wrapped tightly around his head. They’re thick, heavy chains, and no matter how hard Jamie and I try, no proverbial crow bar or bolt cutter can remove […]

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Grace

As a blogger, I can write posts and leave them in my drafts folder to edit and post later. This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a really long time. Too long. Especially since I’ve been pondering this idea for many years. This post has gone through several iterations, and I’m just […]

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Engaging In Your Child’s Education

It’s that time of year again! Kids are back in school and there’s plenty of things to be anxious about as a parent. For us, the big one this year is that this is Max’s first year at middle school. He no longer has his elementary special education teacher and her classroom as a safe […]

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To Friends And Family Of Those Parenting An Autistic Child

In my upcoming book, I Wish Someone Had Told Me, a whole chapter is dedicated to how parents of an autistic child experience change, good and bad, in their social landscape. The general premise is that parenting an autistic child can be hard to experience as a parent, therefore can be hard to watch for […]

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Fear Has No Place

A formal autism diagnosis brings a wide range of emotions. On one hand, there’s a sense of relief. You don’t have to wonder anymore. You don’t have to explain your situation by a set of idiosyncrasies. You can call it what it’s formally known as. And maybe best of all, you can put together a […]

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In The Quiet Hours

As Max has grown older, his ability to know, understand, and discuss autism has grown with him. He’s almost 12 now, and he has known he is autistic for a little more than a year. He recognizes that autism is an underlying reason behind his anger, and he also knows that it has provided him […]

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Date Night!

We got a gift this last weekend. A whole weekend with no kids! Just the two of us! It was the first time in a really long time. Really long time. On Saturday, we went to a concert at maybe the most beautiful amphitheater in the world. On Sunday, we went on a hike in […]

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