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5 Fabulous Reasons to Complain

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to focus on gratitude. Life doesn’t always go the way I want, and so I was working on shifting focus to what is good and right in my life. I was making an effort to notice how often I complain, including all the murmuring to myself in my head, and change that. Do you know what? That takes a lot of self-control.

Well, I’m done. All those people that go around talking about gratitude–they’re full of it. They must have perfect lives. I’m tired of being stuck inside in this winter vortex junk. Tired of life’s challenges. I’m going back to complaining.

I’ve come up with five, yes, five awesome reasons to complain. Who’ll join me? Continue reading

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The Power of One Attitude

I hope you’ve been enjoying my Power of One series. I’ve enjoyed writing it! We’ve been thinking about how the number one can improve our lives. Today, one attitude is next. Continue reading

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The Power of One Victory

I almost cried in the library last Thursday. My seven-year-old son agreed with a happy willing spirit to try wearing the name tag on yarn around his neck at story time. He doesn’t like the feeling of the yarn on his neck. Frankly, he doesn’t like to wear anything around his neck. For three years he has not worn a name tag around his neck. In the beginning it caused great grief, tears, and anguish. Then we just found other ways to wear the name tag and our kind children’s librarian was ok with that. Continue reading


Merry Christmas!

Wow, November and December have been crazy. They were very hard. We were all sick in November, and then Dr. J ended up in the hospital over Thanksgiving. He will be ok, but it was very draining, and his illness (HSP) could return. He has experienced some regression as a result of being sick, and this mommy was in lock down survival mode. Period. Continue reading


Overwhelmed? Write It Down & Choose Gratitude

In nice words, November kind of stunk. I was sick for most of it, and still am as I’m writing this. Other stuff happened, ending  with spending Thanksgiving in the hospital with Dr. J.


Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed. When you have a month like that, you just get behind in pretty much everything. So, after crying, eating chocolate, and taking a shower, I came up with a plan. Continue reading


Thanks, Ms. J!

“I have a present for you,” I said as I slid the wrapped item across the counter. Just a slight moment of hesitation, and then understanding washed over her features. A smile spread across her face. She knew what a special moment this was for me. She oh-so-carefully unwrapped the package, and I could hardly contain myself. I think the others at the counter wondered what was going on. Continue reading


Little Warrior

I am honored to have my Twitter buddy @OMum22 as our guest for the Growing up with Autism series today. Also known as Deanne, she’s been a great encouragement to me. Join in her celebration today…

When Jenny asked me if I would like to write something about the achievements one or both of my boys had made lately, I jumped at the chance. Then I realized that unless she wanted me to write something the length of War and Peace, I’d have to do some winnowing! Both Oliver and Owen have been making such huge strides lately that I agonized for a while over what to write about – so many good stories, so many things that make me both smile and feel so proud.

I decided to focus on Owen because Oliver’s gains are easy to see, while Owen’s are more subtle but in many ways, much more profound. Please indulge me for a moment as I tell you a little about Owen. Continue reading