Hi, my name is Amy and I am a firewife to my wonderful Firefighter Husband and a mother to two cute boys whom we affectionately call Thing 1 and Thing 2. Both of our boys are on the Autism Spectrum. Our lives are crazy to say the least. As for me, I have an obsession for crafts and anything that I can make myself. I find that this is a perfect rest stop for me when life gets crazy. I am also becoming a special education parent advocate so that I can help other parents, like us, who are trying to navigate their way along the special needs highway. I know firsthand how confusing and overwhelming this journey can be, especially at the beginning. This blog is a place for me to share what I have learned along the way about Autism, special needs and special education advocacy. You may even find some craft posts here that you can also use as a rest stop when life gets crazy.
Before becoming a stay-at-home mom I worked as a paralegal and law office manager for thirteen years. I am happy to have left that all behind to be home with my boys. At times this is the hardest job in the world but, at other times, it is the happiest and most rewarding job in the world. My boys have taken me to highs and lows that I did not even know existed.
Since our boys were born we learned that Thing 1 has Asperger’s Syndrome/high functioning autism. He was officially diagnosed 5 years ago at age 4. We have also come to learn in the last few months that Thing 2, who is 8 years old, is also on the Autism Spectrum. The boys have both presented differently which shows how diverse the spectrum can be. Austism has challenged me in ways that I never expected but it has opened my eyes to the beauty of how our minds work. These children are beautiful and have so much to offer when they are given the chance.
I love our crazy life, although there are times that I would not mind if it slowed down just a bit. We are definitely going on a ride on the special needs highway but we are on it together and we are having the time of our lives!
So, Welcome and please pull up a chair and have a cup of tea (or wine, or coffee, or whatever you prefer) and stay and visit with us for awhile.