Sometimes It’s OK To Hide

As always with Griffin’s permission I wanted to share this moment that recently happened. I apologize for the video being long, there was just so much that happened and I didn’t want to miss including any of it. The message is important. Thank you for taking the time to watch it, I hope you’ll be glad that you did 🙂 Just think “Netflix and Chill” 😉


The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

I’ve loved the musical “Annie” ever since I saw a stage production of it when I was in the third grade.  While I was singing “Tomorrow” I realized how important the lyrics are to me in my everyday life.  I try to remind myself to live in the moment, but sometimes you just need to have a good cry, watch an old movie while having a nice glass of red wine, and go to bed. Each day is a new beginning and no matter what you’re going through (in our case Griffin starting the teenage years) “the sun will come out tomorrow…”


13 Years Ago Today

13 Years ago on a warm spring day we were blessed by your entrance into the world

13 Years ago I couldn’t stop looking at you, wondering who you would become, never imagining this day would come so quickly

13 Years ago I didn’t know the challenges we would face or the amount of strength, love, and humor we would be blessed with that would help us get through it all

13 Years ago I couldn’t comprehend how amazing, complex, and unique you would be. I always want you to be proud of who you are, of all of who you are. I want you to share with the world your amazing insight and spirit

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13 Years ago I couldn’t imagine that I would spend my days talking with someone so passionate about things like retro video games, classical music, and nature

13 Years ago I couldn’t prepare myself for the lessons I would learn from being your mom. Some of those lessons: be yourself, see the beauty in the everyday moments, never stop trying, go at your own pace

13 Years ago today, I love you even more than 13 years ago. I pray we continue to live through the challenges with grace, humor, and unconditional love. So far that combination has worked out for us


A Portrait Of A Beta Tester As A Young Man

I wanted to share this project that we’ve been working on for awhile with the help of our friends Maya, Tom, and Nick. Special thanks to Natalie and David, our friends at Level 257.

Thank you for watching!

This is a short documentary that gives a glimpse into the lives of two parents and their son who is on the Autism Spectrum


Don’t Ever Give Up!

Today while we were at the playground, Griffin once again reminded me of a very important lesson, DON”T EVER GIVE UP!  He is an amazing teacher that also reminds me to keep going at my own pace. This one is a real challenge for me because I feel like I should be doing more, I feel like I should have accomplished more by now.

Griffin doesn’t worry about what he “should” being doing when it comes to target achievements, those physical ones that we’re told children should be doing by a certain age. He is joyful in every milestone and when he does do something his peers may have done years ago, that joy is all the more sweeter and meaningful.

Griffin is the best teacher and I love that I get to witness these moments. The joy he expresses is so beautiful. The confidence he gains is something I know he will take to the next challenge he faces.

 Griffin has been working on climbing this tree for awhile. He’s gone from not wanting to even be placed on it, to being willing to be placed on it, to being spotted climbing it, to this!!

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Mom, I Think I Have….

Tonight at dinner:

Griffin: “Mom, I think I have phobophobia”

Me: “What in the world is that?”

Griffin: “It’s the fear of having a fear”

Me: “What are you afraid of?”

Griffin: ” I’m afraid to try dinner. I’m afraid I won’t like it. I’m afraid of being afraid of being afraid to try dinner”

I give Griffin credit, after some encouragement he did try dinner. He then told me after taking only a few bites that he was full. He’s always trying to break it to me gently when he doesn’t like something I make but this takes the cake.

Cake, maybe that’s what I’ll try making next…



Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday I wanted to share this short, VERY Griffin conversation I had with him this past summer.

We were hiking through Yellowstone National Park, when out of the blue…

Griffin says, “Martin Luther King Jr. should have been President.”

“I agree,” I said, “I think he would have made a great president, but there were people back then and there are even people now that wouldn’t have accepted him as president”

” Well those people are butt-holes!”

And with that, we say Happy Birthday Mr. Martin Luther King Jr.!


Dear Grandma

With my mom and Griffin’s permission, I wanted to share this note Griffin wrote for her on her recent visit with us.

For years my mom and I have written each other notes and then hid them in the other one’s luggage or home to be read once we said goodbye. I love how Griffin is now part of this, it makes the goodbyes a little easier!


Griffin’s note to his Grandma, I love the details! (Click on it to read what he wrote)