Autism, I Am Aware


April is/was (depending on when this finally goes live) Autism Awareness Month.  meandbearSince I’m the parent of a child who has autism, I felt compelled to write a blog about Autism Awareness.  I feel a great responsibility when I write about autism, because we all have our own story.  I speak for myself and for my family, but not the autism community as a whole.  As with anything, there’s good and bad with autism and most people who know me will tell you that I don’t like talking about the bad – I choose to focus on the good.  Believe me, this has been an evolution on our journey.  For the sake of authenticity, I have to address the bad, but I’m not going to dwell on it.  And honestly, the good is so much more fun to share.

I’m aware that autism, as with most permanent medical conditions, is life changing.  So far, hearing the words “your son has autism,” is the single worst moment of my life (and there have been some bad ones).  Back when we received our diagnosis, I didn’t know where to turn, what to do or what to think.  My only reference point was Rainman.   It was a very hopeless time in my life – one I really don’t like to revisit, lucky for you!   Continue reading Autism, I Am Aware

Cammy the Inventor


So my Cammy kind of has me in the palm of his hand (and I’m in big trouble when he figures it out).  When I got home from our trip to Seattle, he was very excited to show me his invention.  I was excited to see it.

He held up a hanger with a pair of his underwear hanging on it and gushed, “Ta da!” Cammyinvention

“You invented that?” I asked.


“What is it?”

With excitement, he declared, “It’s an undershirt!”

Say what?  Continue reading Cammy the Inventor

Things To Be Excited About – April 2013

Only four more weeks of school!  I’m tired, kids are tired, we’re all ready to be[1]

Rich and I are heading west – Seattle – to see the Chamblins.  Emerald City – look out!

Wedding fever!  We have friends getting married next month and all the pretty invitations to their various wedding festivities have made me giddy with excitement – and a bit nostalgic.   I remember all the aticipation I felt leading up to my wedding, so I’ve been having many flashbacks.  I can’t believe how much time has passed.   It’s been so long since we’ve been involved in (Rich is in the wedding), or even attended a big wedding.  When I was in my twenties, it seemed like I had a wedding every month – I was a bridesmaid 12 times!  There’s been a drought in the last decade though, which makes this all the more fun.  So excited!

Books that are about to be published, that I’m excited to read:

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Going to the Ice Capades, or rather Disney on Ice, with my girl in two weeks.

Just found out the Patriots are coming to Atlanta – September 29th and we’re taking the kids to their first NFL game!

Road Trip!!!  The planning is almost complete.  All the hotels are booked and friends and family have been warned.  I just need to plan our excursions and pray that gas prices keep dropping!

Season Finale of The Good Wife – What is Alicia going to do?!?!?!?  I’m so torn!

The month of May is wicked busy – heart palpitations busy – but I’m excited to see all the dance recitals, band concerts, field days, awards ceremonies, and the “graduations” of Bear (5th) & Cammy (preK).  We are blessed.

Merryland Girl Blog Interview

My friend Melissa interviewed me on her blog, Merryland Girl.  She’s featuring a series inspired by Cecelia Ahern’s  One Hundred Names.   I was lucky to be one of the 52!  She titled my interview, On the Road Again.  So appropriate, since that’s the song I play for the kids, each morning on our road trips.  You can read the interview here: