Boundless energy

If I’m not mistaken, around the time of middle school is when children seem to slow down. They stop “playing” at recess, and instead they stand around talking with one another or in groups. They may go for walks. It’s quite a change when it happens. This hasn’t happened yet for Frances. She still plays,Continue reading “Boundless energy”

“I’m going through changes…”

It would seem that my posts have slowed down…But, don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my posting. (Haha, see what I did there?) Life does get busy here, but I do want to write more often. This is my goal! Anyway, I’ve been wanting to share something that I’ve just noticed and which I think isContinue reading ““I’m going through changes…””

This must be Thursday…

The weather here has been ridiculously cold. We’ve all bundled up under extra blankets for windchills in the -20s and -30s. We’re approaching the end of January, and, unfortunately, Frances has been pretty sick for much of the month which has prevented her from enjoying the snow whenever it appeared. In fact, my highly active,Continue reading “This must be Thursday…”

Purposeful activity…

I have to do a lot of convincing to get Frances on board with the idea of going to social groups. Usually, she will say things like, “I don’t mind groups; I just don’t like the people.” Though it sounds funny to us, she is quite serious. She always has at least one group ongoing.Continue reading “Purposeful activity…”

Milestones: the infancy through toddler years

So, we reached a milestone yesterday, but I really think that I should put it in some perspective, give it some context. Frances has had many milestones to reach over the years. You wouldn’t know it unless you had been around us at the time, but there was a point at which we didn’t knowContinue reading “Milestones: the infancy through toddler years”

Honesty as truth speaking…

Yesterday, we had a support worker from a respite program come to our house for an interview. We are members of an organization that offers this summer service (a support worker comes to take Frances out into the community for a few hours each week) as well as monthly opportunities to socialize at well-planned events.Continue reading “Honesty as truth speaking…”

This past week 

For so many years, as is often the case in families affected by ASD, our autism sibling has been more independent as her sister’s needs have been addressed. It has been as if she is on the Frances Show where it’s all Frances all the time.  This has recently changed, and both she and FrancesContinue reading “This past week “