Gretchen’s fundraising


I don’t blog enough.  Sometimes the words just won’t come…  Sometimes my brain moves too fast.  Too fast for me to catch the streaming thoughts. There have been lots of thoughts, lots of changes.  I was laid off this week.  But through this I am learning so much.  I know I will be okay.  I […]

Twisted Grief


I wanted to write more about how it is exhausting to fight but then something happened that I had to write about… And then I realized it actually is really related… It is homecoming weekend. On my regular Facebook account my newsfeed is full of pictures posted by proud parents. The one that stings is […]

When he can’t speak


My house has been rather chaotic yet also some wonderful strides have been made. My husband had to do some juggling with work vehicle & his home vehicle. So all weekend a couple weeks ago my husband kept saying about me dropping him off at work to get the work van. Blah blah. We decide […]

Can’t hide from ignorance


GRRRR been hiding & trying to stay away from all the angst & drama of social media.   Been on facebook as my regular self but not in a lot of the discussions or debates about autism.  Been enjoying the break.  But there is really no break from advocating or from ignorance. A friend posted a […]

#Autism – please listen to adult autistics!


I had a few stories rattling around in my brain working on a potential blog post when I stopped in at pinterest. I love pinterest. If you haven’t checked it out yet you really should.  If you click on the P looking thing all the way up on right hand corner of blog you can […]

Accepting Self & Advocating for Self


Advocating for your own needs is so very important yet also so very hard.  I personally know I want so much to be accepted so then I sacrifice my own needs for the sake of others.  No.  Not anymore. I have even struggled with that in my own house.  My husband changed careers a few […]

Focus on Positives


Progress is sometimes so slow we don’t even see it.  Sometimes it is huge and it just jumps out at you.  Sometimes it is things other parents take for granted and sometimes it really goes unnoticed or unappreciated.  And I hate when that happens.  I hated when I would argue with the teachers about the […]

Finding Support so Important


I feel like I have lost so much time.  I don’t know how it got to be October already!  I know most of the lost time was in the hospital and then on medications.  Then I just felt like I was in a fog.  I finally feel like I am coming out of that fog.  […]

Balancing act- opinionated, fairness, argumentative


As far back as I can remember I have always been opinionated. I have always had a very strong need for things to be fair, right, and just. I have always had perfect memory of what people say and do. If you say x and then say no you didn’t I will call you on […]

What does “Cure” mean to you?


Recently at work we had some disagreements about an issue.  In the end we realized that some of the disagreement was because we were using terms that we thought meant the same thing to everyone in the conversation.  As it turned the two sides of the argument were using a different definition.  Both definitions could […]