Jul 17 2015

Jake’s A Man Because …

He’s got big muscles like Dad.   He’s getting all grown up big and tall.   He’s got hair in his armpits.   See?     He really wanted to share.   My apologies…

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Jul 17 2015

It’s A Brand New Day

Gabe came running into our bedroom this morning and confidently declared, “I’m going!”   He credits the power or prayer and the nearly 12 hours of sleep he got last night for his recovery.  He’s already eaten a half a loaf of toast as I write this at 6:30, and says it’s the first time …

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Jul 16 2015

The Eve Of … Disaster?

Here I sit on the beach at South Twin, watching Jake and Liv swim and kayak with Aiden and Brock.   Where’s Gabe, you ask?  Good question.  He’s up on a cot, trying to shake this summer bug he’s been fighting all week.  On/off fever, on/off diarrhea.  Feeling lousy!   Tomorrow we head down to …

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Jul 15 2015


I don’t know if it’s the 12 weeks of hormone-fueled growth, the change in weather, the fact that he’s now officially THIRTEEN, or the cute blonde painter that made the difference, but check this out: Approximately 12 weeks ago, Jake came with us to an autism resource fair.  He allowed someone to paint his face …

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Jul 13 2015


A look back at an interview with Liv about Jake that I filmed two years ago, and one that I filmed Sunday night.

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Jul 12 2015

Saturday With My Boys

Our girls had a bridal shower to attend, so after watching Liv participate in her first Color Run, the boys and I packed a cooler, grabbed the dogs, and headed to the woods to find refuge from the blistering heat.   The dogs were practically bouncing in the back of the van, so we stopped …

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Jul 10 2015


So I had a talk with Liv about Jake.   It started as a tangential conversation after Jake brought home the tree.  We were talking about how he was becoming more “normal” all the time.  A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I could send him to the pool without adult supervision beyond that …

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Jul 09 2015

The Case of The Giant Stick

Today was supposed to represent a giant leap forward in Jacob’s development and our trust in his abilities.  The kids asked to go to “night swim” at the local pool, and since Jake has been there a lot lately, and since he knows the processes and expectations, we decided to let him give it a …

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Jul 08 2015


  I read all the time, but I have to be honest, it’s been an awfully long time since anything has really blown me away.   I want a knock-your-socks-off kind of book!   The last two books to do this for me were To Kill A Mockingbird and The Martian.   I just finished Finders …

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Nov 22 2014

Autism In The Workplace: A First Person Perspective {Guest Post}

Part of the reason I own and author this particular website is to shine light into corners that others might miss.  I try to use my voice in ways that Jacob cannot.  When I heard of a problem a young man with autism had at his workplace, I asked if I could write about it.  …

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Nov 05 2014

Roll Up Your Sleeves

I don’t discuss politics on BigCalfGuy for a lot of reasons, but mostly because that’s not really what I’m about.  I will continue that tradition by NOT discussing political parties, political affiliations, or specific results of any race. What I DO want to talk about, however, is a recurrent theme I’m becoming more and more …

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Oct 27 2014

Confessions Of An Autism Dad: I’m Making This Stuff Up As I Go Along

The other day I gave Gabe some advice I’m conflicted about. Beth and I took different cars to church, as we were headed in different directions when it was over. Jake rode with Beth and Liv; Gabe came with me. Before we could pull out of the driveway fully (we had already begun), Jake jumped …

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