A friend to the lonely

"I don't want to go to school! I.Dont.Want.To!" This wasn't a cry I hadn't heard before from this child. In fact, it's often uttered daily. He doesn't want to get dressed. He mumbles and grumbles many days all the way through the morning routine. But this cry was different. It was a gut-wrenching cry that…

So that no one walks alone

“I’m bored.” “She’s an idiot. Why does she want to go to the pool so much.” “You are the worst brother ever. You don’t ever want to do anything” “You are stupid. I am sick of sitting by this stupid, stupid pool, stupid head.” When they are not fighting over who gets the hour of…

battling little boy giants

So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.  1 Samuel 17:50 David and Goliath. One of my favorite Bible stories. Every time I read, tell, or hear this story I get excited. I am reminded of so many of God's truths. It is a reminder to…

Courage when things go bump in the night

"Don't be afraid," he said, "take courage, I am here." Matthew 14:27 Recently, we moved out of the house we had lived in for nine years. For those years we were comforted and secure inside its walls. We had time to get used to every noise. The environment around us. Every creek. Every dark corner.…

Don’t Dismiss Our Struggles

This post will be a little different then those prior to it. While I have spoken on several occasions how autism has affected our family, and written about our many struggles and triumphs, I have not always shared how the misunderstandings of others can often make us feel. We have had many a success. Many…

The Moments in Between

Routines. Structure. Plans. We all need them. We all make them. And, well...sometimes we don't stick to them. Most of us can handle a bit of spontaneity. And, well...others can't. Routines. Structure. Plans. We are a family that must make plans. We must have a routine. A finely structured plan to get through the day.…

His Everlasting Arms

The eternal God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are around you. Deuteronomy 33:27 It's 10 in the morning. The kids are home again. The snow has pushed them outside of their routine, inside the house, and after only two hours they are bored. Cranky. Hungry. Frustrated. And everything in between. And in desperate…

For He Has Taught Me More

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. James 1:17 "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" I hear the screams in the wee hours of the morning. The screams that have woken me from a state of sleep I seemed to have just…

Autism Came to Play

Autism came out to play today. It accompanied my boy down the steps of the bus. Followed its afternoon routine perfectly, never altering his course, until some unknown thing slowly created a fuss. Autism came home with Hunter, even though he wasn't invited to stay. Smiles quickly turned to tears. Tears to wails. Why? Who knows.…