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Normal Brothers?

"Mom, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a normal brother that wasn't autistic," Jordan (17) commented to me a couple of days ago. He elaborated by telling me how fun it would be to be able…

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It’s All About “Being Fair”

"But it's not fair! He has more than I do!" commented my daughter Noelle.  What was she talking about? Box Tops.  In this "fair" world, I had to make sure that she and Jacob BOTH had equal amounts of Box…

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White Shirt Casualties!

We had two white shirt casualties this weekend! My husband spilled some V8 juice on his white shirt while throwing it in the trash on Sunday morning, and my oldest son got some red dye on his brand new white…

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Working All Night, Boats & Nets

Yesterday in Sunday School we discussed Luke 5:1-11 where Simon Peter and those who worked with him had been fishing all night and hadn't caught anything.  Jesus came with a crowd of people and asked Peter (as he was cleaning…

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Haircuts!

"What do you do about haircuts?" the other mom of a child with autism asked me the other day.  Oh yes, haircuts:).When Nathan was little he did NOT like getting his hair cut and wouldn't hold still either--I think it…

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Answering Hard Questions

"Mom, do you think I will ever get married?" How do you answer a 12-year-old with high-functioning autism when he asks you that question?As I tucked my sweet Jacob in bed last night, that was what he wanted to know.…

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Using Them Bones!

Don't throw those chicken bones away quite yet! For years I have been using chicken and turkey bones/skin to make broth...and it is so delicious compared to the stuff they sell at the store.  You may think, yeah right, Tamara.…

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Sweet 16 Going on 4 and 1/2

My son Nathan turned 16 this past weekend, but you won't see him in the line at the DMV to get his license this week.  No, Nathan will never drive a car because he has low-functioning autism.  He is about…

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Super Bowl Monday Morning

You'll probably think we're nuts, but even though my kids are HUGE Patriot fans we didn't watch the Super Bowl yesterday, at yet they are going to school this morning having watched the whole thing. They got up at 4:00…

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Traveling Without Kids

Today I am boarding an airplane to Arizona to go to my cousin's funeral, and I am going by myself. The times I have traveled by myself since I had kids can be counted on one hand.  Usually a family…

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Unpacking Boxes in the Closet

Two weeks ago on Saturday my hubby and I undertook a MAJOR project:  Looking through all those moving boxes in the closets that we haven't unpacked yet.  Yes, I know we have lived in Utah for 2 and 1/2 years…

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Shaving the “Stache”

Confession:  In the winter time I am not very good at keeping my legs shaved.  I figure I have pants on so my legs don't see the light of day anyway.  Why bother, right?Well, unfortunately you can't put pants on…

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