Smiles and Strikes

A few months ago, Brian had written a post about how Collier had enjoyed the martial arts portion of his monthly class day. Well he has had so much fun with that little part of his class day, that we decided to let him try out real classes for a month to see if heContinue reading “Smiles and Strikes”

My New Year’s UnResolutions

Last year, Amye and I came up with our own version of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for Collier, complete with goals for him academically, socially, and functionally. Earlier this week, we sat down to look at how we did on reaching those goals last year. There were several that we met, and quite a few thatContinue reading “My New Year’s UnResolutions”

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh? Not Exactly

Over the last few days, Brian has started asking what I want for Christmas…yeah he’s a last minute guy. I came up with a few things, but for some reason that question has settled in my soul, what do I REALLY want for Christmas. As I’ve been thinking about it, I came up with myContinue reading “Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh? Not Exactly”

Christmas in Joyland

This past Sunday was our children’s play at church. The title was Christmas in Joyland.  It had everything that makes a great kid’s play: cute kids who tried hard to get their lines correct (but were actually cuter when they didn’t), songs that fluctuated between kind of quiet and incredibly loud depending on how funContinue reading “Christmas in Joyland”

Fruitful Fears

The sermon series this month at our church is called “No Fear November,” which is not just a catchy alliterative title, but one about a healthy fear of God, and how that translates into fully accepting the love of God. Two weeks ago, over the course of one sermon, the pastor posed this question: whatContinue reading “Fruitful Fears”

I’m Thankful

Remember a few years ago when everyone on Facebook would do the 30 days of “thanks” during November on Facebook? Well, I have admission…I never did it. That trend started while we were still adjusting to the word “autism” and, if I’m being honest, I thought I’d never really have anything to be thankful forContinue reading “I’m Thankful”

Bald Spots and Overgrowth

Ahh… the crunch of the lawnmower as I cut what’s left of my grass in the current drought – is there any better feeling than knowing you just cut grass for the last time for perhaps six months? I know I’m waxing poetic here, but I truly, truly hate cutting grass. After I win theContinue reading “Bald Spots and Overgrowth”

Basements and Blow-ups

This past Friday during one of our walks around the campground, Collier asked me if I would teach his kids the way Nana and Pop teach him. I smiled and told him of course I would. But as we continued around the campground I let my mind wander to the place that always terrifies specialContinue reading “Basements and Blow-ups”

Blue Drops and Karate Chops

The past week has been a long one, with some highs and lows. My uncle passed away as well as a former colleague from my first career, who happened to be very near to my own age, so the week  had the potential to be miserable, but there were also a couple of bright spotsContinue reading “Blue Drops and Karate Chops”

Happy Fall Y’all….

…….okay, okay, I know it was 97 degrees yesterday and that most of the season we call “fall” in the south is really just summer with pumpkins and apple cider. But…..dang it is after September 1st so to me it’s still fall, and one of our family’s absolute favorite times of the year. Why isContinue reading “Happy Fall Y’all….”

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