Do As I Say, Not As “I Do”

I don’t typically dole out marriage advice because I don’t set the best example, but if you want to learn from my experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly, I can offer some words of wisdom based on our first 10 years. The first year was difficult. We traveled often for work and only…

Celebrating My Sister From Kenya

I remember the day I met Anne. “Hello, I am “Ah-nee Ng’ang’a, pronounced like ‘hang’ without the ‘h’.” It was the most beautiful accent I had ever heard coming from the most stunning woman I had ever seen. Standing before me was my new work colleague. Little did I know at the time, her exterior beauty…

The Meaning Behind 11-2

I’ve said it before and I will say it again “I own this month.” Mother’s Day, followed by our anniversary, my birthday and my cancerversary. Today marks 10 years of being married to this guy. He cracks me up! When people ask, “Is this your wife?” Dan says “Well, I am legally bound to her, so…

Waiting on a Mammo, 15yrs Later

My friend texted me in a panic. I adore this friend. I wanted to put her at ease. I left work to meet her. Working for a breast cancer non-profit organization, I felt it was my job, literally, to be there for her. I know mammograms are extremely stressful. I know mammograms cause anxiety. I know…

Self Soothing Sputnik-Style

As much as I joke about my kids being “bat-sh!t crazy,” which they get from their Dad, I am amazed by them. They may talk too much, which I admit they get from me, but they are smart and funny and that sometimes compensates for the lack of quiet in our home. They are generally awesome…

Crossing the Line

I haven’t spent much time discussing Amy on this blog, but don’t think she is being neglected. As a matter of fact, she usually commands more of our time than Sam. She CANNOT. BE. STILL. She wants constant interaction and sensory feedback. According to Amy, even coloring is a partner activity. The only time she…

Big Words with a Twist of Delay

Here I am back at the blog again. For some reason, after 3 years of near silence about my children and their diagnoses, I now feel the urge to share what Dan and I have learned with the hope that it helps someone, anyone, maybe even provide me the reminders I desperately need for patience…

A Few Blocks Off Sesame Street is Reality Road

I recently wrote on my appreciation of Julia, the newest muppet on Sesame Street. In my opinion, she provides an excellent introduction to children on the autism spectrum. Clearly Julia doesn’t represent all people with autism. It’s impossible to introduce a new character to represent many individuals with a wide array of unique characteristics that make each…

Learning with Julia

I finally watched the Sesame Street episode that introduces Julia, the new kid on “the Street.” For those of you who haven’t strolled down the Street “where the air is sweet” in a while, Julia has autism. Our family is a few years and a few streets over Sesame Street, but as a parent of…

A Girl, a Dog and a House

This is the week I have been waiting for – freedom, sweet freedom! No husband and no kids for a week. Dan and the kids are at New Piasa Chautauqua. Sadie, our 11-yr old boxer, and I have the whole house to ourselves. Just like the “pre-” days. Pre-Dan, pre-kids. Just a girl, a dog and a house….

This Science Project Blows

I’ve been quiet for a while now. Things of been absolutely crazy. Between managing the children’s activities, in addition to attempting to have a life of my own, this blog has been neglected. I should have written a post a while ago entitled “What Happened to My Activities,” now that my kids are playing sports,…

My Breasts or My Heart ?

I often hear about the harm and abuse of excessive alcohol consumption (cue up Brad Paisley’s song, Alcohol), but rarely do I hear about the benefits, other than from the regularly drunk friend who is trying to justify his habit. “Everyone in Europe drinks from a young age and they are healthy.”  Yes, this may be…