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Take a Deep Breath Mommy - Emily's Puzzle - Feeling overwhelmed parenting a child with special needs? You aren't alone. EmilysPuzzle.com

Take a Deep Breath Mommy

Lord help me, I’m having one of those days today.  The kind of day where I worry if my parenting choices are ruining my children.  The kind of day where I question my sanity for choosing to homeschool them.  What was I thinking?  They drive me nuts!  It’s one of THOSE days today.

Accepting Autism - Emily's Puzzle - A mother's emotional journey upon receiving her sons autism diagnosis from grief to acceptance. www.emilyspuzzle.com

Accepting Autism

I never want Owen to feel that his autism is something that needs to be hidden. I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to fix him or disguise his disability because of my inability to accept his diagnosis. Acceptance helped me let go of my expectations of what our life should be and embrace what are lives are really like today.

Emily's Puzzle - the Importance of Date Night - Marriage, Parenting, Family, Autism, Love

The Importance of Date Night

Two weeks after my first child was born, the phone calls, well wishers and Facebook posts had tapered off.  I was contentedly marveling at this little being that we had created.  Then my husband says, “What do you think about having a date night Saturday?”  The music in my head stopped abruptly, I sat up in the chair and squeezed Owen a little tighter, a date night, already?  My mind started racing with excuses, “I can’t go, I can’t leave him.”

Emily's Puzzle - Why Autism Makes Me a Better Mom - From preschool to homeschool to growing up and letting go.

Why Autism Makes Me a Better Mom

My life leading up to Owen’s diagnosis was a series of events.  Life seemed to just happen to me; most of the time it felt as though I was just along for the ride.  I didn’t put much thought into the why’s or how’s of life.  I took for granted that the next step would be mapped out for me.  

Emily's Puzzle - Before Autism - Blog, Owen, Autism, Family, Marriage, Parenting Homeschooling

Before Autism

When my husband handed me my son for the first time, I felt his warmth and weight then peeled back his blanket, counted ten fingers and ten toes and breathed a sigh of relief.  

Emily's Puzzle - Life After Autism - Autism, Family Marriage, Parenting, & Acceptance

Life After Autism

I had no idea that January 22, 2013, was the day that our life's course would be forever changed.  That our outlook and perspectives on life would shift and who we were as people, parents and a family would never be the same.  All of…
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