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Will we be able to stay in Maine?

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A few days ago, Dawn Gagnon wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about a family with a 19 year old autistic son named Michael.  Michael, like my daughter Hallee, is autistic.  Michael’s parents are moving out of Maine in order to provide their son with the support and opportunities he needs that aren’t available […]

I had my child served with legal documents.

This is what it looks like to have your heart walking around outside of your body...this girl right here.

Did she break the law?  Join a biker gang and shoot up a parking lot down in Texas?  Leave wet towels on the floor too many times?  Nope, nothing like that.  She’s just turning 18 next month.  When you have a child with severe special needs and said kiddo turns 18 and becomes a legal adult in […]

Growing up is overrated.

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My 12 year old and I went to Bangor Comic & Toy Con this past weekend at the Cross Insurance Center and had so much fun!  So many expressive, creative & talented people sharing what they love..it was really great.   Seeing Mad there (cosplaying Mabel Pines) and seeing all of the cool collectibles and artwork got me […]

Want to see what I found at Target last week?

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There was clearance everywhere at Target this past week.  I could have shopped every day of the week and still found great deals to bring home.  I started off with Tena pantyliners priced at $3.49 each.  Thru 3/21 the purchase of 2 triggered a $5 gift card.  I used (2) $2/1 printable coupons and paid […]

I found myself in a hairy situation.

Miss Thang getting her cookie making on.

Ask any parent of an autistic child about getting their kid’s hair cut and be ready for some epic eye-rolling, chest-clutching and possibly some weeping.  I’m sure that out there somewhere in the world, there’s an autistic kid who doesn’t mind getting their lid done, but I’ll be damned if I’ve ever met one. I […]

When secondhand becomes my second choice.

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Goodwill came into my life for the first time in 1997, when my oldest daughter Hallee was born.  I wanted a baby swing and got my doors blown off by the price at Toys R Us.  A neighborhood mom mentioned Goodwill and all of the great deals she got there and I immediately recoiled.  Eeewww…used stuff? […]

I’m officially over winter.

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Remember when snow was fun?  Yeah, me either.  When it’s -10 and howling winds, it’s not like I can send the kids outside to play and it’s.  getting.  old. I lived “away” for lots of years.  I lived where it was hot and snow was something that people sprayed on their windows out of a […]

Yay sporting event with $4m commercials!

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So here’s the truth.  The Super Bowl holds zero interest for me.  None.  Not sure how or when this came to be, but there you have it.  My mother loved sports..I grew up with Arthur Ashe and Wayne Gretzky posters on my walls.  My sisters and brother love sports…to a probably unhealthy degree. (freaks)  And then […]

So. Much. Stuff.

The calm before the storm.

Do you guys ever struggle with how much to give your children on Christmas?  You know…how much “stuff” is enough?  My girls are pretty good about picking just one main gift that they want the most, and then I add some fun filler items to round it out.  But this year we seem to have […]