1. Natalie
    March 28, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    Each time I read one of these posts it reminds me how many other mothers deal with similar things. And how we have a lot of the same thoughts. Autism moms can be some of the loneliest women. You can feel secluded. You can feel forgotten. And we feel that for ourselves at times, then the pain is tripled when we feel that for our kids.


  2. Lori
    March 28, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    Thank you so much Carrie! I love all of the smiles in this collection, behind many other emotions. The smile remains!


  3. cbspira
    March 28, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    It’s Monday and I’m reading your blog so of course I’m sitting here crying – and laughing too.

    I need to print out that list and frame it

    Oh, and FWIW, my son has a belt that looks like a buckle but it’s really velcro underneath. He’s only 4yo, though – I don’t know if it comes in Jack’s size.


  4. Kelly Gryglewic
    March 28, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

    Beautiful post and video Carrie!


  5. GP
    March 28, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

    Maybe you could get Jack his very own extracurricular activity. Therapeutic riding, adaptive sports, lego club, robot club, chorus, swimming, drama, or something else he may like?


  6. P.Perkins
    March 28, 2016 @ 2:50 pm



  7. RT
    March 28, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

    Carrie, another great post! They provide an additional boost to start the week off smiling. Thank you once again, can’t wait until next Monday’s post.


  8. rocketbotmom
    March 28, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

    Love, love, love this post. You are such a talented writer that makes me feel like you are writing this just for the little autistic guy I am a nanny for. I look forward to seeing your post each Monday!
    I pray you soon get your “old” Jack back and things start to get better. What wonderful friends Jack has in class and the fact they told him he couldn’t be replaced is so sweet!

    Good luck!


  9. Sarah R.
    March 28, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

    Beautiful post. I don’t follow your post regularly as things are so busy around here, but it seems lately your posts have been showing up in my newsfeed on FB. I reached out to you a few years ago and I don’t quite remember why it was. Today I had a few moments between running and errand and picking kids up from school so I clicked and came over to read.
    Life is tough with these kids on the spectrum and so beautifully rewarding as well. My twins (both with autism) are 14 now and I know all about them changing because of puberty. The way they try to sass me and almost get it right. I also have a six year old with autism and he is going through his own changes as well. I spent the better part of last week crying every night about my best behaved little guy not being that way anymore. His sass has reached new heights and he’s only 6. I tell people it’s like he finally hit the terrible two’s and three’s only he’s in this big six year old body and the public doesn’t understand. Maybe I need to take a trip to the PD and let them know about this one. I never worried so much with the other two. My other son turns 11 this week and the older he gets the more frustrated he becomes over being the only one of his siblings who doesn’t have autism.
    There are so many faces of autism. I live with three of them and while two of them are identical twins, even their face of autism is different.
    Thank you for being such a great voice for autism.


  10. Scott Wilcox
    March 28, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

    And of course, each of the descriptions you received applies to every one of our kids in total.


    • Beth Mayberry
      March 28, 2016 @ 11:57 pm

      Very true, Scott.


  11. Dawn
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:23 am



  12. Jan Anderson
    March 29, 2016 @ 4:24 pm

    Pictures speak a thousand words, Thank-you once again for all the love and hope you send out every Monday


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