Welcome to Embracing the Spectrum. Have a seat, grab a cup of coffee, tea, wine, or whatever gets you relaxed, join my family. We don’t always have it easy, but who does?. I can’t promise rays of sunshine every day. We’re a family and there’s plenty of love here. Living life on the spectrum with oldest my son, Squeaker, and my three year old, Big Guy, presents all sorts of challenges, but it also presents us with all sorts of opportunities for growth and learning.
This blog’s original intent was to spread the message that living with Autism and having a child on the spectrum doesn’t mean that we’re any less of a family. What it has come to mean to me is more than that. As I’ve grown as a mother, a wife, and a special educator, this blog has become not just a place for me to reflect on things when times get rough, but a place to locate other families going through the same thing. It has become a place to reach out when I’ve seen the deepest wrongs and hear my voice heard. Here, I can become an advocate not just for my children, but for all.
I’ve come to realize my son and other people like him are truly special and that I am blessed to know them as individuals. I am learning to know them as people, not as their disabilities. My biggest message is that every day I get to Embrace both of my children, I feel blessed as a mother. Through the ups and the downs, I always try to see their beauty shining back at me.
Though the journey isn’t always pretty, I hope that you’ll take it with me. I hope you’ll learn what embracing the spectrum means to me.