Our First Date Was 22 Years Ago. I knew you would be someone who changed my life when I met you, I just didn’t know what that change would be or how huge it would end up being. It would be almost a full year later that we would start dating. I was married when…

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As we are wont to do, we are moving again. Our family is moving back to the Sunshine State this summer! We are super excited to be back in the land of beaches, Mickey & Minnie, swamps, gators, Spanish moss, creepy crawly bugs, and lots of family. It’s been 11 long years since we’ve lived…

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Autism Awareness Month is every day for me April is National Autism Awareness month and while I celebrate Autism Awareness every day, I thought it would be nice to share with all of you what Autism means to my family. My son, Jamie, is almost 16 years old. He was born 5.5 weeks early and…

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Let’s talk about sex, baby. I am a firm believer in telling our kids the truth, minus the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy – but that’s a blog for another day. So when my daughter started asking questions at age 5 about where babies came from, we told her just enough to…

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Well, it’s negative 10 degrees today in the Twin Cities and Mama is just about over this freakin’ cold. Okay, I’m seriously over it. I won’t lie, it has done a number on my psyche this year. (Currently, I am not earning anything off the links I am supplying here. These are not affiliate links.)

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I recently had a Mama Meltdown. You know the kind. You’re stressed. You’re under pressure from the day and one tiny little thing just sets you off. For me, it was my adult-sized son pooping in his pants. He didn’t make a huge mess. It certainly could’ve been worse but the code brown, while I…

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We are traveling again. Soon, our family of four will be packing up and heading out to a family wedding. This entails us (me) packing for four people, planning the dog’s stay at Grandma’s house while we’re gone, and of course, making all of the travel arrangements. The hubs tries to help, but honestly, he’s…

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A Family Trip I Don’t Enjoy Sometimes, family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I mean, I absolutely LOVE my family. I would do anything for my husband, kids, sister, brother, the in-laws, nieces, and nephews. This includes the family I’ve chosen for myself, the friends who are family, or framily. But there are…

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One of my children has special needs. One of my children does not. Ri is completely neurotypical and goes through everything 10-year-old girls do. Because my kids are so developmentally different, I struggle to parent my youngest without losing my patience. I find that with my oldest, Jamie, I have an infinite amount of patience…

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Dads of kids with special needs are often forgotten in the special family dynamic. I’m lucky enough to know several fathers of amazing kids with special needs. These dads are the best of the best. They go above and beyond typical parenting. Just like moms of kids with special needs, the dads have extraordinary jobs put…

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New School, New Assessments Two weeks ago, Jamie started at his new school, bringing along a whole slew of issues that we have faced in the past and are pretty much used to. For instance, there is always the phone call from the nurse asking all sorts of questions about his health history and how…

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The Overwhelming Moments of Motherhood Most days I feel like I have it together…pretty much. I get up, get my kids ready for school with the help of my awesome husband, get breakfast ready, make the coffee, get myself ready for work, and send everyone off for their busy days. I’m no different than millions…

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Oh, Summer. That fleeting time where it’s warm and sunny and the need for sunblock and bug spray abounds. Before you know it, the kids are heading back to school and I don’t know about you, but I’m happy about that. I love when my kids are home and we get to do fun stuff…

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Last summer I was scrolling through Facebook while Jamie and Ri watched a show. I came across a post by the Laurie Berkner Band. If you haven’t heard of them, you’re probably living under a rock and probably not reading this right now because you don’t have wifi under said rock. The Kids’ First Concert!…

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There are many things that let us know we have special kids who happen to have special needs. Since some of our friends and loved ones don’t know a lot of them, I thought I’d give them a little Cliff’s Note into what identifies us.  If you agree with any of these or would like…

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