Ryan recently celebrated his birthday. Because he’s all about social media these days, he was very excited to receive birthday best wishes on Instagram. I got in on the act early, quickly searching my phone at breakfast for an old photo of the two of us that I could post with a birthday message for him. […]Read more "Trust Me, They Hear Your"
It was just a simple cargo net, made of chain, bridging perhaps five feet from the ground to a platform on the playground equipment of one of our local parks. I hated that cargo net. I hated it because Ryan could not, would not (and I know now, was not ready to) climb it. The […]Read more "Conquering the Cargo Net"
It was Christmas in July this week, as Riley and Ryan finally got to enjoy their big gifts from last Christmas: Taylor Swift tickets for her, and for Ryan, tickets to see U2. The concerts just so happened to fall on back-to-back Saturdays. Riley had her big night with Veronica at MetLife Stadium a week […]Read more "Tonight, We Can Be as One"
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Much like Thanksgiving, it is focused around three Fs — food, family and fireworks (whereas “football” serves as the third F for Thanksgiving). We usually check off the first two Fs rather easily, spending the day […]Read more "Putting the ‘Works’ in Fireworks"
Sometimes it seems like the only that is consistent about our autism journey is change. It’s an odd thing to call consistent, of course, but it’s true. While we focus on the present, we sometimes miss the bigger-picture changes that are happening right in front of our eyes. That is, until some milestone, event, or […]Read more "Set ‘Em Up, Knock ‘Em Down"