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The Puzzle’s Sooner Respite of Epic Magnitude

The following is a tale of epic proportions – the accounting of a brave couple for which they made the intentional decision to pack their 4-year-old and 7-year-old into a minivan and travel millions of miles (OK… hundreds… but it didn’t feel that way) to visit family in a mysterious land far, far away… Oklahoma.

It cannot be said for certain if this story is true or the creative ranting of a man trying to make sense of reality through the practice of fictitious storytelling, but perhaps you will find your own truth in the text that follows… the truth is out there…. (Fox, don’t sue me…)

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Whoa! It IS alive!

Yes, yes… we haven’t posted anything in a while. Kelli’s been trying to gear herself up for getting back in the habit by posting older blog articles on Facebook and I simply haven’t had time. It’s been a busy six months! (Yes… it’s been six months…)

So, what’s been happening, you ask? Michaela finished her 1st grade year and Melanie finished her first year of pre-school. I’m busy at work (as usual) and Kelli keeps busy with church and raising the girls (as usual.)

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Wow…that went by way to fast!

First day in kindergarten

Today is Michaela’s last day of kindergarten. I don’t know about you but for me, this school year has flown by! Michaela had the most wonderful and understanding kindergarten teacher this year. We couldn’t of asked for anyone better.

When Michaela goes to school, she has is infectious personality that everyone wants to be around and everyone in school knows her. Getting Michaela’s IEP in place was one of the reasons this school year was successful along with all the support she has received. (more…)

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A Mother’s Day Story: Michaela style

I can’t believe it is almost Mother’s Day. Does anyone else feel like it was just Christmas?!! This year is just flying by for me.

Michaela has been telling a lot of stories to Chris and I. It’s fascinating to take a look in to her world to see how she views everything and to make sense of it. Lately, Michaela has been obsessing about going to the doctor, hospital and getting shots. Every little boo-boo Michaela wants to go to the hospital. I asked Michaela if she remembers when she has been to the hospital (1 1/2 years old for throwing up blood and 3 years old when she got hit in the head with a handicap swing.) Thankfully, Michaela only remembered going to the hospital when she was 3 years old and not when she was 1 1/2 years old. (more…)

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“Sensory Overload” — an artful perspective

A friend on Twitter (@gretchenleary) created the artwork below. She is 26 years old and has Asperger’s Syndrome. I love it — it really captures in a visual way how those with autism perceive the world around them. Even as a NT (that’s “neuro-typical” within autism circles) I get a real feeling of overstimulation in a visual sense. You can read more about Gretchen on her blog at gretchenleary.wordpress.com

Sensory Overload by Gretchen Leary

"Sensory Overload" by Gretchen Leary

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