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January 2013 - Posts

From Inside the Puzzle: Raising a Child with Autism Blog

How to Prepare for a Sibling?
January 30, 2013 6:13 AM by Devon Alley
I was only twenty years old when the most wonderful and beautiful surprise of my life arrived with the birth of my daughter. For nearly a decade, our universe consisted of us two girls and our adventures as a quirky little family unit. Because I grew Read More...
From the Archives: Lessons in Fashion
January 28, 2013 10:53 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I have an adorable conversation with my daughter, who gives me some insight into fashion choices. September 8th, 2005: A: Isaiah is my boyfriend. Me: Your boyfriend? A: Yep. Me: Why is Isaiah your boyfriend? A: He has Read More...
Measuring the Levels
January 26, 2013 10:45 AM by Devon Alley
I've said this before and I will say it again -- sometimes, you just have to pick your battles. After spending over a week staying with her grandmother in North Carolina, A. accompanied me to Chuckey, Tennessee, where we dropped off my grandmother at Read More...
From the Archives: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
January 20, 2013 8:17 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I share pictures and highlights from our first and only trip to Walt Disney World, made possible by a few amazingly awesome friends. August 12th, 2005: A. gives Mickey a hug. A. and Mickey Mouse. A. with Chip and Dale. Read More...
My Daughter the Heyoka
January 16, 2013 6:58 PM by Devon Alley
Last week, A. had her first session of the new year with her therapist. It didn't go very well, since it synced up with the first day of school, and the last thing A. was interested in was talking about the social adjustments she knew she would soon have Read More...
From the Archives: Kitten on Loan
January 15, 2013 7:45 PM by Devon Alley
In 2005, we borrowed a kitten from a friend who'd recently adopted a pregnant stray cat. Here it is, almost eight years later, and we still haven't given her back. Pantoufle (as this kitten would later be called) has been A.'s constant and loyal companion Read More...
Epic Happiness
January 8, 2013 6:33 AM by Devon Alley
Ever since the holidays, A. has been in the most amazing mood. As I mentioned before, A. always perks up over the holidays. She really enjoys Christmas -- she loves all of the little things, like making Gingerbread houses, and listening to Christmas songs, Read More...


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