lean deep into joy

I willingly admit that I don’t focus on the joy every moment.  Or even every day.  I know I should look for the joy in the meltdowns over a missing Lego piece, the turkey bacon being too cold, or my own cup of coffee spilling down the front of my blouse.  Truly, there has to…

so much responsibility

Hans Asperger once said, The good and bad in a person, their potential for success or failure, their aptitudes and deficits – they are mutually conditional, arising from the same source. Our therapeutic goal must be to teach the person how to bear their difficulties. Not to eliminate them for him [or her], but to…

hurts so good

Green and silver cleats, lime green soccer ball, a jersey, and lots of electrolytes.  The heat for his first game was unbearable: 92 degrees and no shade.  Just that beautiful green field, a miniature version of the real deal.  Boys his age, bigger and taller, running in a group after each kick of the ball. …

happy birthday – that is my cupcake

  Birthday celebrations are a sacred, fun, and an important part in my life.  Celebrations always include a birthday cake, the candles, homemade cards, and a special meal.  My mom showed me as a child the importance of celebrating those you love.  There is never a wrong moment to pop the confetti and dig into…

finding your parked car

Yesterday I ventured into the wilderness to find some quite space.  I responsibly texted my sister to let her know where I was headed.  Her response to me, “Please don’t fall,” and my rebuttal, “I promise.”  I packed my protein bar, filled my water backpack, and grabbed my hiking shoes.   I was excited for my…

he responds with love

About once per week, we drive to one (of three) favorite spots for some edamame (without salt), white rice (with no sesame seeds on top) and apples.  I’ve thought about asking the owner to create a standard order for my family because the order never changes (at least until now).  We sit in the same…

my lil’ girl

When I peer into the future, I see my daughter advocating for the rights of special needs humans.  I see her spreading her love through song, through dance, through her witty story-telling.  She is a light that shines bright in my life.  Whatever she does – and whomever she becomes, I do know a few…