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You've Got A Friend

When I became a parent for the first time, I sought out many different mothers who had been there before, learning all I could from them in an attempt to become a better mother myself.

When I became a parent of a special needs child, I only sought out one.

Let me tell you about this friend of mine.

And even though I have chosen to share our story publicly, she has not. So for the purposes of this post, I will call her “Hope”.

I met Hope on the first day of…

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Added by akbutler on July 19, 2010 at 8:12am — No Comments

Clean Up

I am currently overseeing an epic NASCAR-style race through my house.



I am supposed to be furiously cleaning. Every year for my birthday, my mother gives me the present of having my house cleaned. And finally, exactly six months after my birthday, I have it scheduled for

tomorrow. It is sorely needed, as the house has become a disgusting

combination of a movie theater (with those sticky floors) and a public

bathroom (I blame that one on the fact that I live…

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Added by akbutler on July 16, 2010 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Taking Chances

It was another one of those nights when I couldn’t sleep. By 2am, one kid had woken up once, another twice, and I was wide awake from my efforts to get everyone back to sleep again. So, as I usually do, I

just laid there in bed thinking. Sometimes I think about what to pack

the kids for snacks for camp. Or I wonder if I forgot to put the

laundry in the dryer. Sometimes I think about the long list of things I

haven’t been able to get to. This was one of those…

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Added by akbutler on July 13, 2010 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

Our Lips Are Sealed

I’m a pretty private person.

I know that seems weird to say, considering I write this blog now, but in the non-virtual world I’m pretty good at keeping things about me to myself, only sharing with close family and a few select friends.

This need for privacy is certainly something I learned from my parents, and especially my father. Despite his very public political life, our family life was kept behind closed doors. Nothing

illustrated this more than when he got sick with…

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Added by akbutler on July 5, 2010 at 8:38am — No Comments

Lean On Me

Last night I spent some time in the company of some amazing women. All mothers, all with school age kids under the age of 10, all of whom “get it”.



About a month ago, a friend and I had the idea to start a small support group. The original idea was for mothers or fathers of kids who are on the spectrum, and with the help of the school district, we

reached out to parents to see if anyone wanted to meet, just to talk.

Our first meeting last month was so nice that…

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Added by akbutler on June 12, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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