We Grow Flowers Not People

Melody Kramer – Autism Mom School has started, and the homework has started to come home. For my eight-year-old autistic son, he had a paper to fill out titled “about me.” I tried asking him these questions that were on this paper, but he didn’t quite understand. Usually, I have to do a lot of […]

Stress Makes a Mess

Melody Kramer – Autism Mom All my life I have been an emotional eater. I eat when I’m happy, sad, grieving, angry,  and mostly when stressed. Stress plays a huge part in my life.  Which in turn stress eating plays a more prominent role.  My stress levels of each day can rise to full capacity. […]

Before the Morning

By Melody Kraemer As I sit here in front of my laptop, with a cup of hot coffee to the right of me and next to that a notebook filled with the many things I need to accomplish.  The thought, “Oh Lord, help me make it through the day,” crosses my mind. The house is quiet, […]

Beautiful Challenges

By Melody Kramer – Autism Mom My children are autistic You may not see it from the start. If you only knew the challenges you would understand my heart. I try my best from when they wake to when they sleep, Most nights I go to bed and weep. I’m exhausted to no end and […]

Connecting With Your Spouse

By Melody Kraemer-Stillwell   I looked at my husband sitting on the couch and wondered to myself, who is that man? He almost felt like a stranger living in our house. Then it dawned on me,  when was the last time we had a meal together that didn’t involve picky eaters, feeding a child, cutting up meals, […]

Meltdowns Happen – Autism Mom

By Melody Kraemer Meltdowns are ok.  Oh wait, maybe you think I’m referring to children. I’m not! I am talking about a mommy meltdown.  In fact, today was that day that my patience ran out, and my autistic boys were in full form of being “needy.”  Have you ever heard someone say “I just can’t adult today!”  […]

Autism MOM

By Melody Kraemer Living with autism isn’t just part of my life. It’s my world. I don’t think much about it, it’ just what I do. I am a mother of 2 autistic boys.  I sometimes forget that people are not aware of what autism is. I have been asked many questions throughout the years […]

Just A Little Girl

By Anthony Saude She wasn’t from around here, here she didn’t know anybody or even speak the language, but here is where she was to stay. Her feelings or opinion about the situation were negligible at best, after all she was just a little girl and kids get over it. Life hadn’t been easy for […]

Family Troubles

By Anthony Saude Marriage will always be something different than what was imagined, no matter how “ready” we are. The family is the latest addition to a long list of manmade endangered species. This has been happening for decades now, slowly sneaking up on us like a black cloud. Telling us that things just weren’t […]

There Are Many Things

By Anthony Saude There are many things in this country and the world that will make you scratch you head and wonder, “what the heck is wrong with people.” There are many things that start working on our mind the minute we wake up every morning. There are many things that could continue to work […]

The Mexican Fisherman

By Michael Armijo   I’m convinced that deep inside our hearts we all possess the ability to be successful. I rely on a simple formula: “Confidence + Desire = Ability.” I believe that when we have confidence, and then add our desire, we find the path to ability. And I believe that each and every […]

Fear is Funny

Fear is such a strong emotion that it can actually take over our lives, until we die if we let it. Fear is funny even to talk about because we don’t really think about how many levels there are. That is why it goes undetected in our lives. Fear is funny; think about it, people […]

Train Wreck?

By Anthony Saude My job is a wreck, my marriage is a wreck, my relationship with my family is a wreck, wow I guess my entire life is a wreck. How many people are thinking one or more of those things right now? Daily? That is a lot of pressure for anybody even though it […]

I Can’t Wait!!!

By Anthony Saude I can’t wait until I am a grown up, then I will be able to do whatever I want to. What parent hasn’t spoken or heard those words multiple times in their lives. The super special secret that only the grownups are privileged enough to know that most baloney filled statement ever […]

Take That, Cancer

By Sarah Sanchez My best friend of 20 years was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  This was a huge shock to us as she is only 26-years-old and there is no history of breast cancer in her family.  She is a beautiful young woman who does not have kids yet, and has her whole life […]

Who Determines Our Path?

By Michael Armijo   While driving one day, I noticed a young man sitting on a park bench. You could tell he was in despair, the way he was just sitting there, staring at the ground.  He looked like he had given up. The man was wearing a muddy shirt, dirty tan pants, a large […]

When I Wake Up

By Anthony Saude Every day when we wake up, thoughts rush into our minds at an almost frightening pace. For some, those thoughts are sadly centered on the negative circumstances they may be experiencing in their lives. Still, for others it is quite the opposite; their thoughts are centered on the positive things happening in […]

What Can I Do?

By Anthony Saude What can I do is a very common question for myself and others. I have found that there are seasons in our lives when we are always asking it. There is always an answer or answers to this question whenever I ask it. Sometimes the answers make a lot of sense until […]

The Carpenter

By Michael Armijo   I received an email a while back that has always resonated with me.  I find myself thinking about it from time to time, as the words it contained often remind me to work hard and be proud of what I’ve accomplished.  It has encouraged me to continue to keep my heart […]

Beautifully Balanced

By Michael Armijo I remember watching an Oscar nominated movie where two characters discussed a life impacting situation: “There’s one in a million chance we’re getting over that fence” the main character said. “Then there’s a chance” said the other. When I think of this story I am reminded of special human beings who hold […]