My Letter to Autism

Dear Autism, I’ve been meaning to write to you for quite some time but thanks to you, I’ve been pretty busy as you can imagine. Today is World Autism Awareness Day so it seemed a good time to finally write this letter. Of course as the parent of a son with autism, every day is […]

The 43 Hour Vacation

Photo credit gatlingburg.qsmvrq.com “I think I will move to Australia.” So says the young boy Alexander in Judith Viorst’s award winning children’s book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” That was one of my personal favorite books as a child. Now here I was, sitting on the edge of the bed […]

The Story Teller

  Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small rural town in the South myself. Maybe it’s because I share so many of the same values, morals, and ideals that the show portrayed. Maybe it’s just because I love old-school comedy and quirky characters. For whatever reason, I have always been, and still remain, […]

A Valentine Letter to Mom

  No chocolates, no flowers, not even a card. You say to yourself “that’s OK, what I really wanted was a nap anyway.” But you didn’t get that either. The dishes still lay untouched in the sink. The baskets of unfolded clothes are stacked on top of each other like planes circling the airport. Another […]

How Long To Sing This Song?

“I waited patiently for the Lord He inclined and heard my cry He lift me up out of the pit Out of the miry clay I will sing, sing a new song I will sing, sing a new song  How long to sing this song? How long to sing this song? How long...how long...how long... […]

When hope is all you’ve got

  Pulling into the driveway I saw Becky emerging through the opening garage door. In an instant I knew she had finally received the phone call we were both looking forward to and yet dreading at the same time. “Vanderbilt Children’s just called. The test shows he is having seizures,” she said softly.” I could […]

The Thanksgiving List

    The holidays are a stressful time for special needs families. Then again, when is it not a stressful time for those of us raising a child with special needs? Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of reflection and gratitude. It’s supposed to be a time to offer up thanks for all the […]


  This weekend we attended the memorial service for the dad of my friend Steve. Steve is a pastor friend of mine, and also the father of two children with special needs himself. Steve was sharing some of his favorite stories about his dad throughout the service. His love, respect, and admiration for his late […]