Barrett Tales – October 2014

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It’s been a while since I shared a Bear Bear story, and I have a couple cute ones. Although Barrett is technically verbal, how and when he chooses to speak is always a mystery.  We don’t let his silence fool us – he understands what we say and he’s taking it all in.  Oh what I wouldn’t give to be inside his head for a day!

Discriminating Tastes

A few weeks ago Barrett said to his teacher Bobbi Jo, “I want water.” She got a cup and filled it with water from the sink (there’s a kitchen in his classroom).  He took a sip, but apparently didn’t like it, because he walked over to the sink and dumped it out.

Bobbi Jo said to him, “But I thought you were thirsty.   What do you want?”

Bear answered, “Water.”  Continue reading

Bloggy Boot Camp Breakdown

10462871_731410303567333_8896278600797809219_n[1]I must confess that after going to my first blogger conference a few weeks ago, I was feeling a bit discouraged. After I recapped the conference and the anxiety it caused, I received several gracious and supporting comments.  To say I was grateful is an understatement.  As I mentioned in that post, I was scheduled for the SITs Girl’s Bloggy Boot Camp, which I attended last Saturday. Continue reading

Things to be Excited About – October 2014

Lately I’ve been over-indulging (in a good way) in positive and inspirational activities. I’m immersing myself into The Skinny Dip Society (more on that in a later post), attending Bloggy Boot Camps, reading Live Happy magazine and focusing on all the good in my life.  I’m irritatingly happy and optimistic these days.  Ergo, time for a Things To Be Excited About post!  Without further ado, here they are: Continue reading

Guest Post: Finding Ninee – The Little Bus

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Years ago I started writing a memoir about our autism journey.  I’ve struggled in the process, not sure if I had the right to speak for the whole family, given so many details were intensely personal.  There are however a few chapters that I felt were really good – but didn’t know if they’d ever be read.  “The Little Bus” was one of those chapters.  When my friend Kristi, from Finding Ninee, asked me to contribute to her Our Land Series, I knew I had the piece.  I’m going to use Kristi’s words to describe Our Land:

“One day, I wrote a post called The Land of Empathy and Wonder, wondering how my little boy sees the world. In marveling at the beauty in which he looks at life, I declared that I want to live in Our Land – a place where empathy and wonder rule.  Where quirks and differences are celebrated and everybody is appreciated for his own uniqueness.

This land exists. It exists right now in some of you, if only ideally.  We, my friends, have the power to transform our worlds, our ideal places, and our homes into The Land of Empathy and Wonder.”

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So please join me over at Finding Ninee, to read The Little Bus.