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The Cottage Proposal

I took some time to edit and rewrite this short story and I invite you to read this in its newness ūüôā


The Cottage Proposal

Lord David Redman, the Earl of Redman Manor stood at his study window watching his daughter canter up on one of her many prized horses. He loved her as only a devoted father could love their daughter, but Elisa was a hoyden child. Her hair was a long lovely shade of silver blonde, her eyes a fantastic sharp baby blue, with high aristocratic cheekbones, and full pink lips. She was beautiful, just as her mother had been. Even as fair as she looked, his daughter was nothing short of a handful. She was always speaking her mind and running off to her precious stables. Never was she found sitting nice and ladylike in a parlor at tea time. He was truly at his wit’s end on handling this child of his! His late wife had been so kind and very sweet, a real people pleasing person. When their daughter…

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Never Give Up

Over the years my husband and I have stressed out, we all do. With my son sometimes just going to the store can be very stressful! In the past my husband has carried our son when we were out, but he’s 12y¬†old now so that just isn’t happening anymore. We have things on hand for his sensory issues like special objects to squeeze or chew on. Sometimes nothing helps our son and we are forced to remain home or one of us sit out in the car. I never thought about finding something to carry our ambulatory son around in, but man I am seriously glad we did!¬†A stroller, how simple can that be. Now we can go anywhere and have zero behaviors. No more flopping to the ground like a boned fish and screaming until we kart him back to the car. We have gone on a picnic, a McDonalds play area, and even the zoo thanks to that very handy stroller.

Its considered adaptive equipment for an older child unable to walk, but in our case it became a key to getting out of the house. Are there things you can’t do because of something like my situation? Don’t give up!! I did for a long time, I thought I had no alternative. My sons classroom last year had a stroller donated to them by chance, and Mr. Christian fell in love! I had to make some phone calls, such as my insurance company and the pediatrician. That’s all it took to get the ball rolling, and of course we had an evaluation with the OT folks. Now my kid has what he needs to be outside safely and thank goodness. Being at home and never getting to go out is tedious. Sometimes finding the answer requires help, and finding help is easy enough on the web.

Call the doctor and bounce the problem off of them. Maybe ask to have an appointment with a OT. They have a wealth of equipment on hand that you and your loved one and play around with. We’d never thought to check out a stroller for my son because I had no idea they actually made them that big. I decided to get a subscription for a OT equipment magazine. If you get in touch with any occupational therapist they can get you a magazine that has a subscription card inside it. Even easier you can find them online too. Sit down and really think about what you really need help with.

Sometimes pica is the issue (eating non edible things) or maybe other more physical self-injurious things are making life difficult, there is help. Don’t let things go and think there is nothing you can do because there is. Ask for help, search on your computer, or call the doc. Sometimes the solution isn’t something you would have ever thought of on your own.

An upcoming event!

I’m going to be in downtown Lafayette, IN at the old movie house on the corner of N. 6th st and Main st on December 8th, 2013! I will have a table set from 12 pm to 5 pm ūüôā for details on getting your signed copy of either a paperback and a hardback and introducing an ecard for digital download of The Chadwick Bride go to¬†!!


The Chadwick Bride!

I’m ecstatic to announce my latest historical romance is officially available for purchase! Feel free to hop on over to my website to buy a copy today¬†or head over to my facebook page to keep up on all the details¬†¬†ūüôā I will be updating my autism awareness blog with a new blog on the benifits of thinking outside the box on adaptive equipment use! keep well all

Pre-order is now available!

Head to my website to pre-order The Chadwick Bride, I will still be donating to the autism society part of my book sales, thanks everyone! My website is located at 

The Chadwick Bride cover!

The Chadwick Bride cover!

Here is the cover reveal for my book set for release next month!

My imagination

My imagination

Dare to dream and learn to live them!

I Don’t Search For A Cure

There is no cure for what is not sick nor can you can you fix what is not broken. That sounds really simple. It is complicated, this motherhood job of mine. I am compelled to protect my children, but the world is at times stacked against me. My oldest is bipolar with more than just a touch of ADHD. The second child was landed with that same diagnosis but believe me when I tell you those two are night and day! The third son he seemed to be hit the heaviest with the severe autism, severe MR, and yep go figure ADHD as well. The fourth son is only six and I hate to think he will end up diagnosed with anything other than being a goofball like his mom. So being mommy in my house calls for something more than the average mommy abilities.

We go to countless¬†doctor appointments, endless pharmacy runs, and the money we spend on adaptive equipment can really take a toll. I have to be honest and admit I have moments I think I’m falling all apart. Happy to say¬†those moments are few and far between because being a mommy is something I always wanted to be. I’m not disappointed that my kids are who they are (I believe God doesn’t make mistakes!). Even though things can get hard I never find myself ready to quit (scream yes, quit no). Bad days may come but they’re gone just as fast.

This is my life and these are my strapping boys. I wouldn’t have it any¬†other way.¬†My oldest had the most difficult time behaving in school, but he graduated all the same! At present he is combing over what trade schools interest him the most. My second son learns at a bit slower pace, but he’s an A B student ¬†with a¬†near perfect behavior record in class. He has his future planned out all neat and tidy. My third son may be autistic but he brings so much love to my life. Just when I think I’m all out of what it takes he reminds me why I can’t give up. My youngest is six so you know¬†he’s all over everything all at one time. Its sheer chaos but it is my life and I wouldn’t change it for gold.

I don’t search for a cure because we don’t need one. Maybe having so much going on at the same time is the only way¬†we would have it. I can’t wrap my mind around quiet; I like all this¬†noise. I don’t mind my son getting up almost every night long before the dawn because¬†I’m a raging insomniac; so meh¬†it’s okeydokey. I don’t regret having to advocate for my oldest sons education because I learned how to fight a well oiled¬†machine. That same fight has prepared me to ensure my second son has a great education even with his special needs. Having Christian in my life gives me an unconditional love that most people only dream about. And the youngest? Well who doesn’t adore a six-year-old with big fatty cheeks!!

We don’t want a cure, we don’t need a cure, we want awareness, and we need acceptance ūüôā Just smile when we walk past you. Don’t offer advice if I didn’t ask you for any. Support the people around you who have a handicapped loved one and¬†ask yourself if there is something you could do to REALLY HELP them. It is¬†doubtful that a genuine cure will ever be found. If we¬†harness¬†all our energy and¬†time imagine how many great things we could achieve in this world together.