Flexibility in Impossibility

We are still on a road trip.  That in itself is not unusual. We travel a lot. What makes this trip unusual is that we were to arrive home yesterday or be nearly there by this time today.  This trip has been unusual in other ways, too.  At the beginning of the trip, we found…

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When Things Don’t Go Well… With Family

We are on another road trip, and we have had the awesome opportunity to visit with extended family that we do not often see.  Shortly before our arrival, we found out that they’d had a sewage problem at their house, the basement was flooded with nastiness, and we, consequently, could not run any water at…

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The Briefcase

Packing up seven children to go ANYWHERE is not simple. Recently, our next door neighbors packed up all of their belongings into a truck and moved out with less drama than it takes my family to load up for a quick trip to Walmart.  There’s no sneaking around with this crowd.  In addition to the…

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IF YOU GIVE A MOM A MUFFIN

If you give a mom a muffin, you should probably give her two.  As soon as she sits down, Child 1 will come in, asking for the second muffin.  Small Child 1 will probably ask for a cup of milk.  As Mom is pouring the milk, Child 2 will come in and eat the original…

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My Worst Enemy… DOUBT

We recently found out that my husband and I are expecting our eighth baby. We are super excited! This time around, we didn’t “find out” the traditional way. After a hectic end to a busy summer and beginning homeschooling all 5 of our school age children, I really thought that being tired and muddlebrained was…

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Tarantulas, Scorpions and Birthday Parties

There is a tricky balance between knowing when to call it quits and when to push through an activity that may be over stimulating to my child on the autism spectrum.  A loud birthday party with balloons and presents and lots of loud kids and music might be overwhelming. Will PROBABLY be overwhelming.  Do we…

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Last fall, we surprised our kids with a day trip to Washington DC.  We visited three museums, including Siah’s favorite, Air and Space.   We had a picnic. We saw sculptures in a park.  We had fun scaring pigeons.  It was a great day.  On Monday, Siah had trouble concentrating on his homeschool assignments.  At…

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Gluten free.. It’s What’s For Dinner

Today’s post is a little unusual.  I had a crazy thought as I was stirring the cheese sauce for my patsitsio. “Ugh,” I thought. “I am so glad that this isn’t my first meal I’m making as a gluten free cook.  I have used every pan in my kitchen!”   I then had an imaginary…

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Plane, Trains, and … Autism

Recently, there was a story in the news about a teenager with autism. She and her family were made to leave an aircraft because the pilot was concerned that she was being disruptive.  This is not an article condemning the parents of the autistic child…. or the airline.  I am a fixer.  I see problems…

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Heroes in the Produce Department

On Autism Awareness Day, I shared in a Facebook post that my autistic son shows me beauty around me that I would have otherwise missed. Here is the story that provoked that post… Siah LOVES aviation. It started as a love for helicopters.  Moved to a love for planes. Grew to an encyclopedic knowledge of…

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