A Moment of Reflection On Parenting and Autism

A few weeks ago Isaac and I went to San Diego for a quick weekend trip. We’ve had nights away here and there but had not been on a trip alone since having kids. As a parent it’s hard leaving your kids but it’s always nice to take a breath of air.  Even better toContinue reading “A Moment of Reflection On Parenting and Autism”

The Day She Realizes Her Brother Is Autistic

Somedays I wonder about the day she’ll realize how different their relationship is. Realize most little sisters didn’t speak for their almost 7 year old brothers, or explain things to them, at only 3 years old. Realize her friends did not usually make sure someone was holding their older sibling’s hand, when crossing the street.Continue reading “The Day She Realizes Her Brother Is Autistic”

This Holiday Season I See You, My Autistic Son

The snow, the decorations, the family. I know you love it all with every fiber of your being.  Sometimes, as I explain to others how hard the holidays are for you, I listen to my own words and I know that it sounds like you can’t stand this time of year. But that couldn’t beContinue reading “This Holiday Season I See You, My Autistic Son”

Something for The Unseen Mom

Disclosure: This is a partnership with, and has been compensated, by The Pampered Parent, LLC. All opinions are mine alone. Through our journey into the autism world over the past few years, I have met some incredible moms. Not only moms of autistic children but a myriad of disabilities. No matter who they are orContinue reading “Something for The Unseen Mom”

Like my Son, I was an IEP Kid

Today I cried on the way home from dropping my six year old son off at his autism therapy center. Last week, we found out that his morning therapist would be replaced. We love her. She’s been Johnny’s therapist since we started there almost a year ago. Over the past year they have developed aContinue reading “Like my Son, I was an IEP Kid”

I’ll Sit With You In The Dark

It was 3 am. White noise screamed in my ears. Besides the small glaring red light of a baby monitor I was engulfed in darkness. My body was so tired my bones ached. All this as I held onto a small tiny human praying for him to sleep. The five hours before I had beenContinue reading “I’ll Sit With You In The Dark”

You and Me, Kid

To my Johnny, I can see it now; The chaos, the fear, the love, the moment you entered the world. It was 10:31pm and the room was full. Nurses and staff running about, Dad, Grammy and your Aunt Shauna cheering with joy, machines beeping and a baby crying. In a strangely unceremonious way you wereContinue reading “You and Me, Kid”

Worry vs Wonder

Oh to wonder. I miss it. It’s a little over a year since my six year old son, Johnny, was diagnosed with autism and I can’t even imagine wondering about his future. From the beginning of pregnancy up until age two I wondered a lot. Who’d he be, where life would take, everything a parentContinue reading “Worry vs Wonder”

Football and Half an Apple

By Isaac J. Ramos I love football. I don’t remember ever not loving football. I can’t tell you when that love started because it has always been part of my life.  Growing up, Sundays consisted of going to church, making a great Sunday dinner, getting together with family and watching the Denver Broncos. One ofContinue reading “Football and Half an Apple”