Aug 13 2013

I should have known…

  Can you keep a secret? My wife is almost always right.  I’ll leave the modifier “almost” in there because, after all, she’s not perfect.  That’s a secret too.   We’ve talked about Jake’s need for familiarity and routine, correct?  He’s not the only one.  In our family of five, we have five different toothpastes.

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Aug 11 2013

Ryan and Beth, the early years

So much of who I am is grounded in my wife and three kids.  They’re truly my foundation.  I have the courage to go out and face the world each day because I know that they are always going to be there to love me when I get home and catch me when I fall. …

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Aug 10 2013

A tale of two dogs

Once upon a time there was a boy named Jacob.  When he came into our lives, we had such a plan for him and for us.  By the time he was three, he had been diagnosed with autism, and all of our carefully laid plans had changed. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sad tale.  Turns …

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Aug 08 2013

In Demand … again!

Wow! What a day. When we embarked on this journey called Autism almost 9 years ago, we had no idea where it would take us. In fact, that’s the scary part of having a child with a developmental disorder – none of the books you read when planning for your firstborn mention that he won’t …

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Aug 06 2013

Monday Movie Madness, Aug 5th, 2013

The bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6 that if we “raise up a child in the way that he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.” True story. We live in the sticks. Not a lot of outside influence to be found. I’ve always thought that Beth and I were …

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Aug 04 2013

Yeah, we’re THAT family.

You know that family that always seem to take everything a little further than is necessary? That’s us. We don’t go for a hike, we climb a mountain. We don’t just camp out in a tent in the backyard, we bivouac the kids into a lean-to for the week. So when it came time to …

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Aug 02 2013

Haircut time!

 Jake always gets a crew cut.  This has little to do with style, and lots to do with necessity.  His autism doesn’t let him comfortably sit still and allow others to cut his hair with scissors.  It’s never gone well.  Crew cut haircuts aren’t much easier (electric clippers are kind of nightmarish as well), but …

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Jul 31 2013

I love taking pictures!

A bunch of years ago, I bought a Nikon D3000 DSLR camera for a number of reasons: I had three of perhaps the most beautiful children ever conceived They were growing up waaaay too fast I was missing it If I was going to capture it, I should at least do it with style. I …

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Jul 31 2013

Catch of the day

One of the many challenges of having three kids is getting a chance for each to feel special. Liv’s old enough to get invited to sleepovers, and more importantly, old enough to make it through the night at someone else’s house. Jake gets lots of one-on-one time as a simple function of his autism and …

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Jul 29 2013

Aren’t they wonderful?

The Fam

Found this great new app!  Toon Camera So, I’ve decided that the best camera for the job is the one that’s in your pocket.  That being said, I don’t always drag around my Nikon D3000, but seem to have my iPad wherever I am. Naturally, this means I’ve been looking into various photography apps.  I …

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Jul 29 2013

Breakfast … not in bed?

What a wonderful surprise! I woke Sunday morning to the smell of toast. I rolled over and asked the Mrs. about it, and she told me that Liv and Gabe had planned to make me a special breakfast before I headed off to work. Excellent! I rolled over, draped an arm over Beth, and nodded …

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