5 Things I Learned in Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling

After my daughter had been in the hospital the first time and then the second time, I decided that it was time for my husband and I to see a marriage counselor. We weren't on the brink of divorce and our marriage wasn't "in trouble." It's just that we were having a hard time dealing with the all the stress that had happened in a few month's time. My son has special needs, then my daughter was born and it was one thing after another. I finally realized that we needed a little help or we were … [Read more...]

What I Learned From: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I know, I know. This is a strange topic for me to bring up on my blog. I don't normally talk about music and movies on my blog, but after seeing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on a last minute date night in the theaters with my husband, I just had to put my jumbled thoughts about the movie down somewhere. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a drama and a science-fiction movie. It is the sequel to the first movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. If you have not seen this movie, but are planning … [Read more...]

On Autism Families and Having Fewer Kids

Autism Families

I came across two similar, interesting articles last night and I wanted to take a little time to share my thoughts on it. The first was, Families Affected by Autism Have Fewer Children. The second was very similar: Autism Families Tend to Have Fewer Children Than Their Peers. We are an autism family. My son was diagnosed with autism at age two, and for us it was not a shock. He had had problems since birth and we knew that autism was probably what we were looking at. Autism, Sensory … [Read more...]

Stephen’s Journey to Tube-Free

Fleming Family

This cause is near and dear to my heart because of my own little girl with a feeding tube. Having a child with a feeding tube is hard to see as a parent, because you want your child to have their best chance at everything, especially when it comes to eating. It's been quote the roller coaster having a little girl with a feeding tube. A lot of work and upkeep goes into it, more than I ever would have imagined. But the little time my little girl has been on a feeding tube, does not compare with … [Read more...]

Back From Boston…


We our back from our medical trip to Boston and are glad to be home. We spent about a week up in Boston and although we did not find the answers we were looking for, it was one of the best things we ever did. The hospital and staff up there was amazing. We saw about 15 different doctors and specialists, who reviewed her case and records thoroughly and were very patient with the time that they gave us. After two tests: a stomach emptying scan and an x-ray, the doctors told us there is … [Read more...]

Our Medical Journey to Boston


You may have followed our journey with my daughter, Elizabeth and all of her health issues. She's had three hospital stays in her 7 months that she's been alive and now we are leaving tomorrow to go to Boston. The doctors here are at a loss of what else to do, so we are taking her to Mass General Children's Hospital in Boston. We are hoping for a team of doctors who can help diagnose Elizabeth and get her to where she should be. While the posts listed below do not have the most recent … [Read more...]

Why Father’s Day is Hard, but Also Good

Father's Day

I don't talk about my father much. I don't mention him on Facebook, or post pictures of me and him together growing up. I don't think about him often like a good daughter should, in fact I try not to think about him and the past. My parents divorced when I was 15, and it was one of the hardest times of my life. My father was verbally and emotionally abusive, but there was so much more than just that. So much more that no one ever knew. As the years have unfolded, we started to realize that … [Read more...]

Why Birthstone Jewelry is so Special


I have a special place in my heart for birthstone jewelry. I remember as as child cuddling with my mom, and looking at the rings on her hands. She had her wedding ring and engagement ring on of course, but the one I remember the most was the one she wore with the different colored stones. What are the different colors for? I remember asking. She explained that each stone represented each birth month that me and my brothers were born in. One for January, one for October, and one for March. I … [Read more...]

8 Encouraging Posts From Other Bloggers


For awhile now I have had a Pinterest board of posts that really stood out to me personally or encouraged me. Awhile back I decided to share some of those with you, and I had so many people who enjoyed it and asked me to do it on a regular basis. I agreed, and so here are 8 more that have moved me, convicted me, made me think and more!   8 Posts From Other Bloggers: 1. The 5 Habits of the Girl Who Won't Give Up "Her feet are firmly positioned into the day’s tasks. While quitting … [Read more...]

The One Year Tour


Two days after we got home from our second two-week hospital visit with my daughter, we received the news: my husband would be deploying. He wouldn't be leaving for a long while yet, and it shouldn't have been that shocking, but the timing was just terrible. We were exhausted; emotionally, mentally, and physically and receiving the news at that time was just not good. But hey, we are a military family right? We are supposed to be able to adapt and survive. And adapt we did. My mind was … [Read more...]