1. Pura Vida Hikes
    October 25, 2021 @ 10:53 am

    This is so painfully beautiful. Thank you.


  2. Suz
    October 25, 2021 @ 12:23 pm

    Grab onto the goodness with both hands, and hold it as tightly as you can.

    This is where the work is.

    ^this is the uncomfortable truth, I guess. There is no real good without slog. I miss mine and my husband’s younger days even though we were clueless idiots! Good question about knowing what you know now would you walk away. I think the idea of what was going to happen would have blown my 19 year old mind. Ignorance is often bliss. So easy to think you grow apart, and things definitely get in the way of marriage, but when you look at what you’ve given your heart to and realise you are pulling in the same direction it makes a bit more sense. I miss the easy days though.


  3. Thomas V. Whelan
    October 25, 2021 @ 6:11 pm

    Carrie: Please accept my heartfelt ‘thank you’ for so generously sharing your candid portrayal of the wide gamut of feelings and thoughts you experience. The core of what you offer, to those of us blessed to read your sensitive writings, is how boundless your LOVE is for Jack, your husband and family, and for those of us who have been positively affected by your glorious insights into “life” with a child diagnosed as having ASD. Me, I’m merely an empathetic grandparent of my daughter’s child with an ASD diagnosis…or is it known now as neurodivergence? Anyway, my six year old grandson, who “carries” this diagnosis, gives the most loving hugs and cuddles; shows me that time and material objects are not truly important; and with a bit of guidance can create paintings that would make Van Gogh or Picasso jealous. So what is really “normal?” All that said, may you and your family be blessed and rewarded, no matter how, for everything you have given and will always provide for your beloved son, Jack. May Jack find his ‘way’ and may that bring him happiness, contentment, and peace.


  4. Kathy Janessa
    October 25, 2021 @ 6:25 pm

    Beautifully put. God bless you both with strength and love.


    October 28, 2021 @ 2:06 pm

    Again, sweet Carrie, from the bottom of my heart I can only say “Wow, and thank you”. At times I wish I’d been able to keep my marriage together, but in the long run looking back, it’s better for my girl that I didn’t. God knew what He was doing. Blessings to you and your entire family.


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