• Hello Again!

    Hello again friends & readers!  It is hard to believe that February is coming to an end already, but time waits for no one, does it? I have taken some downtime in a lot of areas in my life – and have taken a step back to reconsider many of the activities, goals, dreams, and responsibilities that I have absorbed for quite some time.  Some of these things I have had to just let go – some of them, I have had to fight to keep in perspective.  I often thought of sharing this here on my blog, but one of my problems has been that I sorta “lost my…

  • Shifting Gears Used to Be Easier

    So I guess one sign of old age is slowing down, right?  Or maybe that’s just me.  I have kinda always been “fast-paced” in general, but am noticing that more time is required of late to shift with the inevitable changes in life.  Shifting gears used to be easier for sure.  I feel like things have been shifting faster than I could handle for the past 6 weeks or so.  Here’s the latest… Health Update:  I was on my Vitamin D regimen for several weeks, and honestly I really noticed a difference.  I definitely had more energy, my hair grew like crazy (?), and I slept so much better.  Having…

  • Sometimes I Just Don’t Get It!

    So I have been working on a post or two, but have run into something I can’t quite figure out!  (FYI – Blogging used to be so much easier, before it became a “thing” and some of the advancements have only complicated the process…)  I have a post with multiple links – only when I want to post it, the links don’t look like LINKS!  It’s hard to know what to click when the link isn’t obvious, right? I have been a little bit frustrated and haven’t figured out the problem.  I have googled.  I have checked with my blog theme source.  I am still researching.  So I have been…

  • Quick Family Updates

    Hey all.  I have been working a part time 10-hr per week job since September.  My previous part-time job was 12-15 hours, and I hoped the extra few hours at home would be beneficial.  I think they have been and I appreciate the ability to work part-time at this point. We have had a lot of ups and downs with Curly of late.  Is it puberty?  Is it tween angst?  Is it just that school is about to end and the major transition from regularly scheduled days to summer days is approaching?  Who knows.  This morning – she was all sunshine and rainbows, up at 5:30 a.m.   That is…

  • Autism and Gender

    It used to be that the general thought was that Autism was a boy-only disorder.  In fact, because of the primary symptoms, the disorder was originally thought to be related to schizophrenia.  Before that, people with mutism and stimming were often put into asylums because they could not relate to “normal” society and obviously had difficulty with communication.  How incredibly unfortunate! As research grew, the broad spectrum of identified symptoms also grew.  The idea that girls could exhibit features of autism was not entirely ignored, but it often appeared that the obvious social behaviors were more severe in boys. Verbal delays.  Stimming.  Repetitive behavior. Restricted interests. Girls were often given…

  • Free Printables for Your Daily Routines

    We all want what’s best, don’t we?  The best food, the best service, the best internet speed (Oh.  Is that just me?).  Many of us try to be our best and do our best in what we accomplish.  But sometimes, I find myself at the end of the day, wondering if it was all enough.  Did I DO enough today?  Could I have done more? This is one reason God gave me the word “Enough” for 2017…  He wants to be ENOUGH for me and to let me know that I am Enough for the life He has given to me… Sometimes, my best comes down in the planning for…

  • Mom’s Tools for Back to School

    As we race toward the finish line of summer, after experiencing a terribly HOT several weeks, I have been in gear to get some planning methods established during this Back to School time!  I have been putting together some Mom Tools to help me get things organized.  Frankly, I’ve been a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kind of mom during school and it has been Messy to say the very least… it has probably helped that I have been regularly taking a homeopathic nerve tonic, applying my essential oils regularly, and using planners + my Pinterest boards to get it all together Now maybe some of you have it all together or don’t struggle…

  • It’s a Busy Season

    I have felt like writing MORE in the past month than I have in the past several months, but due to the busyness of life, have NOT been able to get here. Just wanted to quickly update and touch base. I gave my notice at my job at the end of April, fully intending to stay home full-time due to a number of reasons.  Thankfully, my supervisor was willing to work with me, as I really needed to reduce hours and spend more time in summer at home with the kids.  So, I am working a reduced number of hours during summer, with the intent to increase hours (only slightly)…

  • On This Day. I Will Tell My Children.

    I didn’t originally intend to post anything today.  Sometimes, it’s enough to just be silent and remember. But I felt like I needed to say that I DO REMEMBER this day.  This day 14 years ago.  My children are wearing Red, White & Blue to school for Patriot’s Day.  But they don’t remember.  And sometimes I can hardly speak the words to tell them the story of this day. The planes.  The buildings.  The horror.  The devastation.  The incredible heroism.  The real patriotism.  The sadness.  The sickness.  The relief – when phone lines finally cleared and I could talk to my relatives who lived far away.  To know that my…

  • Parenting an Out of the Box Child – Part 3

    {If you are just joining, click the links over to Part 1 and Part 2 of this series to catch up!} Can I tell you the MOST challenging part of parenting my Out of the Box Child(ren)?  it isn’t determining the root cause for each diagnosis, whether or not to use medication in our toolbox, or how diet and environment factor into the ever-changing behaviors of my children. It’s Grace. It’s knowing how and when to impart consequence and when to lavish on Grace. Much of the struggle with #1 Girl is Impulsivity.  I have to say that the impulsivity often leads to sinful choices – and balancing my response as a parent…