FEBRUARY 21, 2021
Hi, I’m Melanie. Happy to Connect with You.
We joined the “big family” ranks years ago, but along the way we were introduced to the “special needs” life. Having a big family is wonderful, but this special needs life? Well, it’s amazing!
My handsome husband and I have 7 kids, and 3 of them are on the autism spectrum. We currently have a teen with autism, and identical twin little boys who are completely nonverbal ( they aren’t quiet, they just cant talk the regular old way the rest of us do).
Come along with me, and I’ll share how we do this crazy life as a family with some amazing adventures along the way.
A few facts about me:
I am a nature loving girl. I love all things healthy: organic gardening, simple living ,scratch cooking, and best of all, the great outdoors.
I do have a day job.
I absolutely cannot parallel park.
I love to travel and see new places. My dream destination is Italy. I haven’t gone there yet, but one day……
I think running is good therapy. Mostly I just do it for fun, but I have completed several 5 K’s 2 half marathons, and one full marathon.
I can sing really well. I pretty much sing all day long. Which is why, although they can’t talk, the twins can carry a tune quite well.
I absolutely love ice cream. It’s not low carb, but sometime exceptions are made for this passion of mine.
We believe autism is a blessing and not a curse. Our little blessings are fearfully and wonderfully made.
We are experts on this autism journey. You name it, we have done it: OT, speech, feeding therapy, ABA, IEP, assistive adaptive technology, (speech devices:, autism service dog, wills, guardianship, and so on. I will be happy to pass on the tips, tricks, and encouragement to help navigate the hurdles of taking care of special needs kids.