Seeing

—Anna-Marie— Tobin has a hard time with eye contact. Lack of eye contact is one of the markers for autism. It’s also one of the markers for attachment issues in children who are adopted. I can remember those first months Tobin was home, how I would always try to get his eyes. I’d play the... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

—Brian— Ok… I’m going to admit it. I watched the Disney movie Tangled… And I liked it. Mainly I liked the movie because of the lantern festival scene that takes place near the end of the movie. Again admitting... I got a little teary-eyed when the first lantern reflected in the water and then all... Continue Reading →

“How did it get like this?”

—Anna-Marie— The truth is, I already knew the answer before I asked the question: we’d been in survival mode. For a long time. Let’s just first acknowledge how embarrassing it is to lead with the picture above. For so many, many reasons. Right? But that’s kind of the point. In the tippiest, toppest room of... Continue Reading →

Pursuing Tob

(Or "What's in a Name?") We felt like this week’s post should be written together. We've used font colors for clarity. (A-M is green. B is orange). —Anna-Marie— We named our oldest son "Knox." We loved the way it sounded, the way it felt in our mouths as we said it, the way it is... Continue Reading →

Spiders: Part 2

—Anna-Marie— Now you know I’m terrified of spiders. And if you don’t know, please take some minutes to check out my last post, so this one has some context. We left off where I’m standing outside my spider-infested car on the side of the highway at 10:00 at night in the middle of nowhere with... Continue Reading →

Spiders: Part 1

—Anna-Marie— So I'm driving. Heading home on my hour and a half commute from a night class, I'm alone in my car, tired, and jamming out to some random hip hop station, ready to be home. I was about thirty minutes into the drive when I see the first one. A big brown spider. You... Continue Reading →

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