Thursday, March 17, 2011


Today I have reached a milestone, one hundred posts. I have written one hundred posts in slightly more than one year. I really didn't expect to reach this milestone when I started this adventure last February. In fact, for the first several weeks of my blog's existence, I had it password protected and gave the password to a very small number of people—namely, me. Yes, I put posts out in cyberspace, but I was not convinced that I wanted anyone else to read them because they can be intensely personal.

I have found the writing to be therapeutic, but I must admit that some of the stories have benefited from the passage of time because it sometimes takes a little bit of distance to find humor in the situations. I guess I just want people to know that there is life after a diagnosis of autism--sometimes I still need to remind myself of that fact.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I am having my first ever giveaway. Everyone who comments on this post will be entered to win some "butterfly moments" of their own—a full 24 hours with David, who comes equipped with his own translator and brother extraordinaire, Andrew.

Don't be shy, just leave a comment for your chance to win, and Michael and I might enjoy a dinner out featuring an appetizer other than Pepcid, a meal without Mr. Meticulous, who decides that the crumbs cannot rest on the floor until the end of the meal and must be sucked into the dust buster immediately. A meal without watching in horror as Mr. Helper pulls out the top rack of the dishwasher, aims the water from the spray nozzle of the sink in that general direction in an attempt to "help" clean the dishes. A meal without saying grace multiple times, punctuated by clapping and an emphatic "AMEN." A meal that, frankly, while enjoyable is beginning to sound slightly stuffy and boring.

Good luck to all who enter—and really, really good luck to the winner.

Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter "Butterfly Moments" sweepstakes. Contest is open to all readers, 18 years of age and older—or really responsible people 14 – 18—or 12-14 year olds capable of dialing 9-1-1 in case of emergency. Contest sponsor is not liable for damage caused by unattended coffee-making, runaway garden carts or taxes, title and licensing.


  1. lol- love love love this- you are so great :)

    if i lived closer i'd enter- it would be nice to have an autism babysitting ring- we know other autism moms could handle it (somewhat) and we could all give each other a break once in a while

  2. Enter me!!! I could use twenty-four hours with David, Andrew, and YOU while I am home!!!!

  3. How many times can I enter?

  4. Sign me up! Big LOL. Thanks for closing my day with belly laughs. Your perspective and humor has gotten you through; THANK YOU for sharing your lives with us.