The Flying, Healing Gift I Received When We Nearly Lost Our Son

My husband and I watched the movie About Time a few nights ago. It’s the story about a guy who can travel back in time whenever he wants, and he does so to get the girl of his dreams and the outcome he wants in certain life situations. I was ...more

Use These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I ...more

I Can't Remember My Son's First Words

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation ...more

Can We Survive a Low-Tech Summer?

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many ...more

New House Rules!

Ridiculous in light of more important rules we need around here, but hey, a girl can dream. Funny thing is, we don't actually even HAVE any official household rules. It's on my list to thoughtfully draft some one day soon. I probably would have done ...more

BlogHer, Huffington Post Join Forces to Address Work/Life Conflict. Join Us!

We have all been there. Or, more accurately, not been there. We have missed a soccer game, an important day at school, a key doctor appointment for a sick parent. Or we have had to make impossible choices: sending a feverish child to school, fingers crossed he won't get worse, so you can go to work; putting off doctor appointments you know you need because you don't know how to fit them into your work schedule; going back to work just weeks after your baby is born because your family simply cannot afford to go without your salary....more
Love this. I'm glad to see these topics promoted in such a very public and comprehensive manner ...more

We All Want to Raise Strong, Brave Girls

First of all, just writing that title made me go “AHJHJKJgajgdajsgdjhagdhja” because we all want this for our daughters, don’t we? We all want our daughters to grow up brave and empowered, able to stick up for themselves in an unpressured environment that, frankly, does not exist. And that’s really the root of all of this, isn’t it? The world is a rollercoaster. How do we help our girls ride without puking? Is there an antidote? An emotional Dramamine we can prescribe to keep them from feeling sick as they go up and down and upside down and backwards? ...more
Girls are not always neat and sweet. They don't always measure up to an idealized, version of ...more

Beyond Disneyland: California Destinations My Autistic Son Loves

"We love it when our guests are happy!" That's what the red-coated Monterey Bay Aquarium official told me, as she and I stood next to my son Leo, who was blissfully sprawled out on the the floor looking up at a tank full of sparkling anchovies. I had just explained to her that Leo was enraptured rather than upset or injured, and I hoped it was OK for him to be on the floor since his sisters and I were ringing him and he wasn't in anyone's way. Autism acceptance as guest relations policy. What a wonder. What a gift. ...more
Laurend1985 it is common for autistic kids to have an aversion to other autistic kids' presence ...more

happy tuesday people...

i used to get dramatic about monday blues. and daniel, that sweetheart, will tell me that the only reason why mondays are particularly difficult is because the weekend was out-of-this-world good! and that he'd rather have a bad monday than to miss out on an awesome weekend ....more

I bet Max is really glad to be home

As is so often the case of children with divorced parents, Max has spent the majority of the summer with his dad. He did go on a four day tour of Mississippi and Louisiana with Grace and I where, at the Vicksburg Battleground, he told Grace and I if Tammy was real it would be us...more

These are a few of my favorite ($10) things

I am joining up with Erika and Andrea again for their very excellent Favorite Things Party! After five years of blogging, sometimes I am just flat out of topics. So I definitely appreciate their link ups, new topics and connecting with new readers via the blog hops ....more

Introducing: Baby Lincoln!

Lincoln Scott Davis July 23, 2014 12:52 am 9 lbs, 21.5 inches (Doesn’t that baby look like the baby model that came with the announcement? THAT’S MY ACTUAL BABY.) Birth story disclaimer: It’s a birth story, read at your own risk. Also looooong ....more

What I Learned This Week

So, it’s Tuesday… And if my recent past behavior is any indication, that also means it’s blog day. Once school starts back up in a few short weeks, I have made a personal promise to myself that I’m going to get back into the bloggy groove. It seems like my summer has been filled with pure busy and straight-up crazy, and the blog has suffered ....more

With Grateful Hearts

“Wait, what did you say?” ...more

The Tim McGraw Smack Heard ‘Round The World…and other Randomness: RTT Rebel

July is wrapping up nicely – weather wise and otherwise. Hard to fathom how fast this month has gone by – only a little over a month before the kids start school again! I can’t wait ....more

Reforming Play-dough: What to Do with Other Peoples' Expectations???

We all do it, we expect things from other people and when we don’t get what we were expecting we feel disappointed. Now this blog isn’t about how we need to keep our expectations in check although that is true, it’s about other people’s expectations of us??? How should we handle what others think about us and expect from us???...more

Remembering The Good For When I'll Need It

Cheer season is in full swing, which means I spend a significant amount of time waiting for Alexis to finish shooting school spirit out of her every pore. There's a big difference this year, though. I have company while I sit around and wait ....more

Symptoms

"I have a little bit of a sore throat," I announced to my husband today."Hmm.""Did you know that Ebola is a thing again? What if I caught Ebola while we were in Miami? Miami seems like the type of place that I could catch Ebola.""Ebola, Ashley? ...more