With November ending and the boys back to school, I thought I might squeeze in what I’m grateful for.

You have so much to be grateful for!! How many times have you heard this?! Gratitude is a funny thing and when life goes to plan it’s natural to find things we are grateful for. But when life takes a different path, it might be a little difficult to find those things.

We’ve had a bumpy six months. And it would be natural to focus on details that have been challenging, but I like to think I’m a positive person and focused on the events how big or small that made me feel grateful.

Working – As any working mom or dad would tell you, it’s hard to find the balance between parenting and work. And finding a place of employment who will work with you and your schedule is a bonus! As in life and kids’ things happen. I’m beyond GRATEFUL to have two jobs that work with my schedule. I’ve been doing SHIPT on and off through the summer. If you’re not sure what SHIPT is, you might live under a rock. SHIPT is a membership-based grocery marketplace that delivers fresh foods and household essentials to your front door. I was skeptical of the whole process… did I have to go inside someone’s home???

People stop me all the time while I’m doing a shop for a customer and ask what it’s like, is the pay good?? I tell them it’s kinda like a scavenger hunt for groceries because you have a certain amount of time to process the order and to deliver the groceries. It is a nice feeling helping people in the community get the things they need. I have helped an elderly couple get their groceries. Also, moms who just can’t get out of the house because they have a newborn and a child at home sick and the pay is decent.

I also have been working for Winterpark Pet Concierge. This job is amazing!! Not only is my boss super awesome, but I get to take care of animals. It’s a wonderful service that specializes dog walking pet sitting and my clients are super cute and like to give wet kisses!


Friends and Family

gift of life is friendship and family

Friendships–Always grateful for my friends and family, there my support system, they keep me right on track. I wouldn’t be the person I am without their friendship. It’s important to appreciate your friends, could you imagine your life without them, probably not?  With social media it’s easy to fall into the pattern of having superficial friendships, we need to be mindful of who we get close to in our lives.  I can count on my one hand, well maybe two hands who are my true friends, and having a child with special needs will make this clear. As parents, we are trying to instill in the boys to surround himself with good-hearted people. Friendships should be long-term and this is important as we get older.

Family–I’m GRATEFUL for the gift of family. I remember growing up in Rhode Island we used to spend time with my grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. We never needed a special occasion or holiday to gather. I’m grateful for that. I look back now and it has molded me into the parent I am now. I hope when my boys are older they will feel grateful for their childhood and the special memories we are creating for them.



is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.

David G. Allen


This is a huge one I’m GRATEFUL for.  Having a child with ASD requires a lot of patience. Collin had a routine EEG appointment and if anyone knows my child, he has sensory issues.  He does not like to have his head touch, nevermind a total stranger putting sticky pads on his head. With an EEG Collin needs to medicated (Clonidine) to make him sleepy. In the past, we’ve been able to complete one EEG from start to finish. Collin was around 4 years old and it was a 12 hour EEG.

All the other times haven’t been so lucky, so not sure why I thought maybe we could get through this one.  I laugh about it now, but we (tech and I) couldn’t even get him on to a chair, nevermind a table. The only way I can describe it was like dealing with a drunk friend who has passed out. He would wake up and get upset. At one point I knew I pushed his limits and as a result, Collin started to meltdown – hitting, trying to bite and pulling hair. I think the technician meant well when she said you have a lot of patience. I looked at her and said why wouldn’t I have the patience for my child? We ended up leaving without our EEG and like any good mom would do; we went to Chick-fil-a.




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Hello!! I'm Deana. I'm a mom to two amazing twin boys, Collin, who was diagnosed with Autism at age 2, and Jonah, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD. We live in Florida and love spending time outdoors. When we are not outdoors, I'm homeschooling, crafting and blogging, and raising awareness on Autism.

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