I was born + raised in a small town, just outside of Madison, WI with my parents and my older sister.
My family now consists of myself and my two children, AJ (who is 6) and Asher (who is 5). They both have nonverbal autism and are two of the hardest working kids that I know!
The way I use Project Life is to document our daily life in a weekly format. I like to include the big events (holidays and birthdays), but I also love that Project Life allows me to celebrate some of the smaller victories that my boys have daily when it comes to learning new skills that they have worked so hard on!
To me, documenting life is not only a hobby, but a priority. I want my children to be able to look back at these albums and see how far they have come! I make working on Project Life part of my weekly schedule (just like grocery shopping and speech therapy) so that I don’t get behind and I can document the week while it’s still fresh in my mind.
Three things on my bucket list are:
1. Become a better photographer. My boys struggle with sitting still and I find myself with a lot of little blurry hands in our photos!
2. Create a platform for newly diagnosed autism families to connect with other autism families that are further along on their journey with autism and are local to them.
3. Take my boys to California to participate in one of the Autism Surf camps.
Cultivating a good life means finding joy and appreciation for the life that you have and not comparing it to other people’s. As a special needs parent, it can be very easy to get caught up in things you always dreamed about for your family but now maybe can’t do. However, there are so many wonderful things that my boys have taught me and so many great moments to share with them!