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How Quickly Remarkable Shifts to Normal

Before I get too far down 2014, a year that has started out with an exhausted, unmotivated version of myself, I figured that I should catalog, in prose form, where we are in our “Autistic Life”. If I wait any longer to document this particular moment, it will quickly melt into the daily landscape of […]

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To My Daughter

Dear Baby D, Before I knew who you would become, I somehow selected the perfect middle name for you: Grace*. You are filled with it, even though you do not yet know this. Last week one night, while your brother raged, attempted to bite your Mommy and Daddy’s faces, pull our hair, and throw everything […]

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Maca - October 2, 2013 - 1:44 pm

This post makes it easy to fall in love with your daughter, even though I’ve never met her. Stay you, D.

Andrea - October 2, 2013 - 2:05 pm

What beautiful piece! Lovely Tribute to your daughter 🙂

Jo - October 2, 2013 - 6:47 pm

What a wonderful tribute to a little girl who’s filled with more grace than most adults.

And the photos. Be still my heart.

The Gift of His Smile

Every evening, when my son has reached his apex of energy for the day (read: screeching, opening and slamming the doors on his sister’s play kitchen, repeatedly pushing the buttons on all three of those damned refrigerator musical toys at the same time, begging/obsessing over food), we open up the doors of our kitchen and […]

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Lacey R - April 26, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Your BEST. POST. EVER!!! Loved this story and peek into your life, Maya.

Ginny - April 26, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Our autistic son – loves his trampoline too! He is 8, and has a typical sister – I so relate to your post….we spend alot of time and resources on our son, and have to make sure we don’t ignore her needs – especially an 11 year old girl! Our life changed as well when our son was diagnosed at 4….it is not an easy journey…thanks for your post!

Maya - April 26, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Thanks Lacey!

Jennie B - April 26, 2013 - 3:32 pm

“…screeching, opening and slamming the doors on his sister’s play kitchen, repeatedly pushing the buttons on all three of those damned refrigerator musical toys at the same time, begging/obsessing over food”

This is my son too.

And his smile is also perfect.

Lizbeth - April 26, 2013 - 11:10 pm

Sometimes the smile I get from my son is all it takes, when things are hard, to turn things around. Hat smile changes everything.

Sarah - April 27, 2013 - 10:22 am

such a sweet post! Smiling is magic!! PEACE

Sallie - May 7, 2013 - 10:45 pm

I’m sure you’ve probably heard of it, but on the off chance that you haven’t I wanted to pass it along — the Aid For Autistic Children Foundation, which offers debt relief for debt **already** incurred treating an autistic family member (up to $150k, I think):
http://www.aacfinc.org/understanding_autism.html

As a disclaimer, I have no link whatsoever to this foundation — and heard of it only recently, when a dear friend received literally life-changing assistance from them and thought of your blog.

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