The Guilt That Doesn’t Go Away

A smile plastered to my face, I silently scout the room. Quietly, I observe. I watch faces, I listen for whispers, I note reactions. My instincts are heightened in any social situation, especially ones involving interactions with other families and other children. I am a protective mama bear watching over her cub like a hawk.Continue reading “The Guilt That Doesn’t Go Away”

Typically Atypical

“Your son has autism.” This will probably piss a lot of people off, but those words felt like a death sentence to me. The lump I felt in my throat and the heat I felt behind my eyes gave way, and the tears fell quickly and freely down my cheeks. My husband, Justin, grabbed myContinue reading “Typically Atypical”

Same Storm, Different Boat

I had a session today with a client, and like most therapists working with clients during this season, we were discussing survival, of course. This amazing client made the comment that “we are all in the same boat.” I nodded my head, but it really got me thinking. Are we all in the same boat?Continue reading “Same Storm, Different Boat”

Smile at a Stranger!

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned thatContinue reading “Smile at a Stranger!”

A Reason for the Season

“Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good.  Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb.  And the earlier you start in your life, the better.  The minute anybody makes you feel weird and non-included, or not supported- you know- either beat it or tell them toContinue reading “A Reason for the Season”

Daily Reminder

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life isContinue reading “Daily Reminder”

New Year, Same Old Me

I’m not going to vow to create a new me. That’s impossible… a waste of my time. I will not even try to recreate myself. Instead, I will better myself. I will grow. I will learn. I will laugh, cry, maybe punch a wall or two, and laugh more. I can’t be ME without everythingContinue reading “New Year, Same Old Me”

Turning Enemies into Friends

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate;  only love can do that.” “Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals.Continue reading “Turning Enemies into Friends”

What are you Thankful for?

I’m thankful for the mini van my parents made me drive my senior year in high school because it makes me appreciate the car I drive now (haha!). I’m thankful FOR a car to drive, gas in my tank, and hearing my favorite song come on in the radio. I’m thankful for the season inContinue reading “What are you Thankful for?”