• Beauty Even Now

    Beauty Even Now: Guest Post

    I have a beautiful yard. I don’t feel bad bragging about it because I don’t deserve credit for any of it. My husband takes care of all our plants. A lot of work goes into the planning, the planting, the pruning, and everything else that has to happen to make it look the way it does, but he enjoys doing it and is happy to let me reap the benefits of it all. I occasionally help him, but it’s under his guidance. He clearly knows more about plants than I do, so I happily yield to him. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t take long for me to ruin our yard…

  • Love Languages of Children

    The Love Languages of Children

    The 5 Love Languages closes out with a chapter about the Love Languages of Children. It was a chapter I was especially interested in as I’m fully aware of the benefit of keeping your child’s emotional love tank full. This is especially true where my foster/adopted children are concerned. Their early start in life didn’t afford them all the best and this rough beginning is evident in their present. Admittedly, I’ve struggled to identify their love languages and commit energy to pouring into them in that way. First, because love languages of children, especially young children, are difficult to really pinpoint, as Gary Chapman notes. Second, I’m so exhausted by…

  • To My Husband Who Chose to Stay (Guest Post)

    To my husband who chose to stay: That sounds so ridiculous to say out loud, some people are currently scratching their heads because why would I say that? I say it because it’s true….. Thank you for loving me when the diagnosis of autism consumed me, and changed who I was. I was no longer in my mid-twenties trying to figure out how to be a first time mom. I was an autism mom and services for our son was my only priority. We said good-bye to date nights, weekend get-aways, and replaced our free time with conferences, research, and intake appointments. Thank you for loving me through the grief,…