The most excellent back to school giveaway — win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

I love giveaways. I’ve won lots of things online and I think it’s great fun to offer them. In honor of back to school, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! All you have to do is click on the different ways to enter below, follow the directions and you’re entered! Contest ends September 1. I’ll post the winner …

Back to school

I’m waxing nostalgic about the twins going back to school on Tuesday. I resent that classes start so early in the summer. Seems to me they should take less days off during the year for teacher in-services. Why can’t they do those before the school year begins? Why cut a kid’s summer short? One of the reasons this is an …

Autism and First Place Chili

We’ve had a chili-cook-off tradition at our church for the past seven years or so. For the past three years my twin sons with autism have won first place! The first year, they used my recipe and I guided them through the process. The second year their Dad’s recipe was used and Dad entered with them. Last night they entered …

Hallelujah! We have poop!

Hey, when you live with autism, you get excited about some strange stuff. This week I’m jumping for joy about poop. I’m not saying that when Isaiah woke me up first thing Friday with — “Mom! I pooped in the hat!” that it’s my favorite way to wake up. But let me tell you, it was a long-awaited event. Isaiah …

Autism weekends

Weekends and autism are a challenge. Weekends mean less structure. And Saturdays usually end up with the twins fighting. Even though they’re 18, they still fight. Developmentally they are only about 8 or 9 years old. And I have to remember that.  Add autism to the mix and it’s just not the kind of dynamic that’s by any means “normal” …