The Incident

—Anna-Marie— The last thing I remember is my vision getting a little “funky.” It felt like I was about to get a migraine. (Years ago, when I frequently had migraines, I would see a light—one of those lights you see after staring into a light bulb—and then my vision would get “funky.”) I remember thinking,... Continue Reading →

My Name Is Tobin

—Tobin and Anna-Marie— Our son Tobin is a sweet, determined, loving, and ornery little six year old. He is also nonverbal and on the autism spectrum. A couple of years ago, we made a little video and had our son Knox introduce his brother, explaining Tobin’s likes, dislikes, strengths and struggles. These were based on... Continue Reading →

In the Boat

—Anna-Marie— March is coming to a close. We are in full-on spring season. (My allergies agree but the weather is arguing.) And things are heating up. It seems like most everyone I talk with is going through an incredibly busy and stressful and hard season right now. Whether you are in the rhythm of a... Continue Reading →

Better

—Anna-Marie— We were cleaning out a used fish tank my brother had lent Knox. Knox wants to spend his birthday money on two aquatic turtles and begin a new hobby with a freshwater tank. My sister Alexa had come over to help me lift the tank and empty the existing gravel from the bottom of... Continue Reading →

On Blessings

—Anna-Marie— In November, my family and I participated in the Lantern Fest. This is our second year at this event, and we’ve declared it a tradition. Last year, when we went we were letting go. We had specific things we needed to name and face and let go. The experience was an anchor for us.... Continue Reading →

Life as Improv

(or Improv as Life) —Anna-Marie— Last winter/spring, I joined a little improv group. I love all things theatre and want to support the arts however I can, but the idea of doing improvisational performances, well, it really freaked me out. But my dear friends assured me that they were learning, too. That we would all... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Risk

—Anna-Marie— It happened so fast. Usually I can pick up on the signs and have time to redirect or move us to a safe location. But this time, I missed all the signs. We were sitting, breathing in the September night air, enjoying the last few moments of one of Knox’s baseball games. Brian had... Continue Reading →

All Things (Re)new(ed): Part 2

—Brian— My friend Garrett gave me an old wooden and glass cabinet.  He and his family were cleaning out their garage and they were wanting to get rid of the cabinet because they didn’t have any use for it anymore. He said he thought we might like it to put in our business.  He was... Continue Reading →

Pieces

—Anna-Marie— My Aunt Linda has a house near the city where Tobin goes to school. We used to stay with Linda sometimes when she lived there, but she moved a few months into our new adventure. She kept the house, however, and allows us to stay there when we need or want to. My Aunt... Continue Reading →

The RESET Button

—Brian— I grew up a Nintendo kid. When the first Nintendo console began sweeping across the U.S., I was at the ideal age to be hooked to the adventures of Mario, Link, and all the other characters of the Nintendo world.  I remember the dangers of tripping over the cords that connected the controllers to... Continue Reading →

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