Month: April 2018

Renewal

I’ve been thinking about progress, like how it happens and so forth. Part of this is because I have been looking at my life through the lens of We Are Now One Year Out From Jack Leaving Our Home; part of it is because the other boys are growing and changing, too. Behold, a few examples: I weigh less than…

This Post Doesn’t Say Much

Yesterday, Jack’s support coordinator called after visiting him at his new home. His report jived with mine from our visit a few weeks ago. He said Jack was as relaxed and calm as he’s ever seen him. There is a lot of thankfulness flowing through me, for the positives we are seeing since Jack moved to a new placement. He…

I Heart Books

And so begins another installment of Posts Where I Write About the Books I’m Reading. *clears throat* Books Tangential to Classic Books That I Love Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker This is a retelling of Jane Eyre (best book ever–BBE) from the perspective of Edward Fairfax Rochester. Written in autobiographical form, it does a nice job of humanizing and fleshing out…

Suffer the Little Children

Last night I dreamed about Jack. He was at his new house doing Jack things. He was playing and was happy. That was the entire dream. Short and fuzzy, as far as my dreams go. Nevertheless, it was kind of a little gift. My visit last week with Jack was brief, but thoroughly peaceful. When we got there and I…

Adjustment Period

Do you ever take a meditative step back from the busy parts of your life and wonder, “How did I get here?” Because I am doing this as I look around at the evolution of life as I know it. My heart has been asking my brain, “How did my life evolve into this thing where my super vibrant not-old…

Autism Parenting in Three Vignettes

First In St. George last week, we went to buy the boys some shoes. Charlie tried on a few pairs, vacillating between black and white checkerboard Vans and Nike high tops, finally settling on the Nikes. Done. I mean, definitely opinionated, but he liked all his options, so basically easy. Meanwhile, Truman tried on fifteen pairs of shoes, each which…

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

In no particular order: 1. Lipstick. I heart a bold lip, tho. 2. When the sun shines and the trees bud. All seasonal change is magical. 3. The ability for humans to change. I’m now in decent shape, I eat more vegetables, I spend more time reading than on social media, and I’m hopeful for the future. All of this…