May Is Williams Syndrome Awareness Month!

Most of you are familiar with the fact that my 16 year old son has Williams Syndrome. It’s an exceptionally intricate genetic syndrome that affects so many things about him. His heart. His mental capabilities. He’s in high school and he doesn’t have the dexterity to manipulate a button. But he loves. Oh, how he loves! I posted about WS … Read More

The Hardest Blanket I Ever Made

I love making blankets. I love everything about them. I love choosing the prints, touching the fabrics, and sewing the pieces together. But I just took on the most difficult project I have ever faced. A very dear woman, whom I adore, lost her husband. She sent me two of his shirts and asked me if I could make something … Read More

This Mother’s Day Thing is a Mixed Bag

We love our mothers. Of course we love our mothers. But they drive us crazy. They raised us wonderfully/strangely/amazingly/poorly or they didn’t raise us at all. They fill us with love or hate or guilt or horror or remorse. We take care of them or they take care of us. Perhaps we have never met them. Perhaps we like it … Read More

Goodbye, Jack Ketchum <3

His name was Dallas Mayr, but most of you know him as Jack Ketchum. He was a brilliant writer and dear man. If you haven’t read The Girl Next Door, you should. It’s a wonderfully written, horribly disturbing book. I have a few memories of Dallas, but my favorite was at Killercon in 2011. I had just had my triplets, and … Read More

Thank You, Delivery Workers! <3

I saw this somewhere, and the idea touched my heart. I wanted to thank those who were working so hard during this holiday season to bring us our packages. Every time I go outside, find a package, and see a missing treat, it feels like Santa has taken a bite out the Christmas cookies we left for him! It’s a … Read More

Christmas Gifts for Children with Special Needs

This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More

This Is What Love Looks Like

I’m under some pretty intense deadlines and other stresses. How do you eat an elephant? You unhinge your jaw and try to devour all of it at once. Naturally. I came home from an unscheduled grocery store run (Arg, it ate up half an hour I didn’t intend to lose!) to this beautiful spread by Middlest. “You need to eat, … Read More

Welcome to Miss Murder's Family Farm

My house is where unwanted animals magically appear. And I love it, I truly do. I stayed up until 2:00 last night trying to get some words done. And I wrote 4,300 of them, which delights me. What did not delight me as much was waking up three hours later because of the chickens. Yes, we have chickens again. A dear … Read More

In Which I Discover That We’ve Been Robbed

We packed up the car and headed to my parent’s house for the holidays.  We had everything that was really important with us: the family, my laptop, the kids’ medicine.  It was a good thing, too, because our home was broken into on Christmas Eve, and we were robbed. Our neighbor, who knew that we were out of town, saw … Read More