October 8, 2018

Last week I had a mole removed from my foot. It was so itchy! I went to bed that night with my wholly socks on, to protect the bandage. It was so itchy there was nothing else I could focus on. (I found out later that I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia.) But dang! I remember thinking about how hard it was to do anything with all that itching.   Itching   I was forgetful and struggled to… Read more

September 11, 2018

Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. I still remember where I was when I heard about the first plane hitting the first tower. My brother had worked in tower 2, and was supposed to be at work there that day. But through a miracle, he had been kept from the building that day, and that saved his life. He lost co-workers and friends. But we were spared the grief that so many others have endured.   As I’ve been… Read more

September 7, 2018

Our ridiculous political environment just got worse.  I have respect for the office of President of the United States. And for the sake of American unity I have kept my mouth shut up till this point. But I can’t take it anymore. We have had so many great presidents in the past. These were men who worked to remind the American people that we are a team, and that only when we are united, will the UNITED states of America… Read more

September 2, 2018

You know that John McCain passed away last week. A couple days ago was his funeral service in Washington DC. I listened to it, and want to share some great things I learned. Needless to say, I have a new hero and it’s John McCain. Several years ago, when he ran for President, I voted for him. I remember that I was a registered Democrat living in Philadelphia at the time. Everyone was voting for Obama in his second term, and… Read more

August 24, 2018

I’ve got some controversial things to say, and I hope you’ll listen. It’s about the LGBTQ community, and how we are treating them.   We have a problem   We have a problem in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Christian community at large. More specifically we have a problem in the hearts of some of the people in the Church. We teach that we are all children of God, and that He loves us and… Read more

August 17, 2018

In so many ways we are all connected. I was reminded of that this week when a sweet woman posted something on a FB group I belong to. She said that she was hurting as she saw a bumper sticker that read “The best Moms get promoted to Grandma.”  I have seen that phrase before and thought it was cute. But this woman had a different perspective. She lamented that her severely autistic child will likely never live an independent… Read more

August 10, 2018

I know that most people want to be there for their friends and family when they are going through a hard time.  But sometimes we say some hurtful things to each other. We may be trying to be supportive, or we may seriously have no idea what we are talking about. In an effort to help us all get along better, and be a true support to one another, I have compiled a list of some of the things autism… Read more

August 4, 2018

This article was previously published on Abby’s page at LDSblogs.com.    I’ve seen Heaven. And it’s beyond beautiful. No, I didn’t have a near death experience. I was given this brief glimpse in a dream. I firmly believe that God speaks to us in dreams. And this time, He was giving me a vision of hope. Let me explain.   I had been feeling lost for a long time. I wasn’t sure what to do with my life, and I… Read more

July 27, 2018

My son is starting a new school. He has a lot of anxiety with any new things. So I got some tips from the professionals that really made a big difference, and I wanted to share. These tips can be used for any new experience your child will have. We use them for Scout Camp, family vacations, and even play dates sometimes. Just adapt the examples to your specific needs. Not all the things I list here will apply to… Read more

July 20, 2018

I have a confession to make. For years, as the teachers and therapists have been talking about the importance of social skills for my cute little Asperger’s boy, I didn’t understand what they really meant. I thought that social skills meant socializing. Like, chatting with people, being polite, etc. But I had a huge realization this week, that I have been WAY OFF!   I stumbled onto this image on Pinterest (LOVE Pinterest!) and it outlined so clearly what social… Read more

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