1. Kristin Rinko
    August 16, 2021 @ 8:15 am

    Ohhhh, he will do great things. And our mother’s hearts will somehow survive. Sending you a big hug ❤️


  2. Betsy Jenkins
    August 16, 2021 @ 9:41 am

    He is DARLING! Thinking of you as you go through this cycle of life…


  3. Peg
    August 16, 2021 @ 10:51 am

    Many tears. What an amazing brother he is.


  4. Cyndy
    August 16, 2021 @ 11:40 am

    He is SO handsome, but more importantly SO good! To let go is one of the hardest things a mother has to do. I read your blog religiously and cry every week. I used to think the hardest phase of motherhood is of adult children but you’ve taught me it’s of “forever children “.
    Much love and prayers to you.


  5. marybish3
    August 16, 2021 @ 11:48 am

    I have a lump in my throat just reading this.
    What a wonderful son and eldest brother! He is so handsome too.
    You have a different road to walk than I did but in some ways I feel the same as you, I wish I had done more for and with my four sons..
    I let the small things bother me. My four sons are long past college age but I know that I did the best I could at the time.

    I am certain that you are an amazing and loving mother, who is doing her best under difficult circumstances.


  6. Pam Zercher
    August 16, 2021 @ 6:19 pm

    Oh my goodness! Been there but you expressed the feelings so well. He’s gorgeous and you have so much to be proud of, Mama. You can do this!


  7. Amy Goldstein
    August 16, 2021 @ 8:51 pm

    Beautiful….beautiful son….beautiful Mom…beautiful way you express what you are feeling. Thank you for sharing with us.


  8. Vicki K
    August 16, 2021 @ 11:36 pm

    I was in your shoes last year when my middle daughter went off to college. My oldest and youngest both have autism. There was so much guilt about not doing enough for her and what she gave up and went through for her sisters. She saw a new world without autism at college and loves it. It’s hard for her to come home to the autism world again. I take her back to college Friday. There are a few less tears now and maybe not so much guilt, but such a mixture of emotions. It’s very hard. Hugs to you.


    August 19, 2021 @ 1:09 am

    Carrie, you are so good with your kids, husband, and words. Thank you, from a forever dad, again.


  10. Julia Parent
    September 5, 2021 @ 4:06 pm

    Beautiful story! I have a 13 year old boy with Autism. I see a lot of similarities, the biggest was when yours gets upset, such as loses something and you try to help him it’s like a chemical reaction takes place and everything blows up! That has always happened between my Joey and me. I think that is actually proof of the bond you have with your son and all you will ever need to know you are a great Mom!


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