1. Tabitha O'Connor
    July 3, 2017 @ 7:04 am

    Carrie, you always leave me inspired. Our Aspies are 17 and 25, and we started asking the questions a little late. Day by day we move forward into the world, fighting for what they CAN do. 25 still lives at home. We are still adjusting our expectations, shifting our methods with 25. Trying to help him achieve his dream of working with airplanes. The FAA doesn’t make accommodations. 17 will start his sophomore year in high school in the fall. We’ve home schooled him always. We found his learning differences late – I didn’t know what to look for and leaned on assumptions that made perfect sense to me. He has terrible anxiety, although medication has helped in the last year. He has no idea what he wants to do when he grows up. We live life one day at a time, trying to focus on folding laundry and emptying the dishwasher and browning a pound of ground beef. And then there is 21, our NT in the middle. His dreams, too, were shattered after an accident when he was 19. Adjustments to make even in the “normal” world. We’ve added a daughter-in-love and a granddaughter to our family, and they all live with us. One day at a time, we all move forward together, asking the questions, adjusting the answers, knowing that only God really knows the ending. Thank you for sharing your family with us.


  2. Terry
    July 3, 2017 @ 7:08 am

    Your children will remember those nightly family dinners and the play times in the yard. Those are the precious memories they will carry forever. They will know they were loved.


  3. Mary Beth Danielson
    July 3, 2017 @ 10:46 am

    This is beautiful parenting for all your kids. Someday, when you know how to say it (I’m not sure if I could) can we hear how the two of you help Jack and the others know that they are God’s children as well as yours?


  4. Janet A. (Grandmother)
    July 6, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

    My grandson just graduated from high school. Walking across the stage brought both tears and happiness in my heart. He graduated, walked across the stage on to a new beginning. With much help and love the service he is afforded will help him with finding a job, the possibility of taking a class or two at a community college. It won’t be easy for him, it never has been. His first disappointment of this stage was not passing the driving test (on the road). Grandma told him no problem you can try again.

    We know God is by his side deciding what is best for him.and always will be. Like you with Jack, we don’t know what lies ahead. Your parenting is a gift and your love of family is unconditional. God Bless all God’s children.


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