Karla Elliott

Sam By Any Other Name …

So … last Saturday morning, I was up early and out to the farmer’s market to pick up some goodies for our birthday celebration with Sammy.  He picked up on the fact that Friday was the big day pretty quickly and when Pete picked him up he started asking about his birthday balloons, presents, and […]

Happy Birthday Sammy!!!

Happy Birthday!  Today our beautiful little Sammy turns five!  We’ll be celebrating the big day tomorrow, actually, so some of our out of town family can come join the festivities. As I sat thinking about this last night, I started thinking about how bittersweet of a day it is. Why bittersweet?  Well … we have […]

Am I?

When I first started putting words to paper (well, screen) and decided to share my thoughts and experiences with anyone who’d be kind enough to read them, I had a dear friend ask me if I found the writing to be cathartic.  Just this week, I had another dear friend send me a note that said […]

Freedom from…

What a wonderful holiday, Independence Day!  It gives us, as parents, the opportunity to teach an awful lot to our kids without them even realizing they’re learning. There’s history, government, politics, geography, not to mention a little bit of science in all those pyrotechnics. And when asked to sum it all up in one word, […]

Purposeful Parenting in a New Light

My initial blogging experience brought the below post for just a little more than two years ago.  It’s a bit funny to read now, knowing how different our lives are – hot dogs are now organic, picnics are missing anything with cheese or bread, and I never knew ice cream could taste quite so yummy […]

Birthday Dreaming

Last week I was at a meeting in Chicago for work.  I’m actually very fortunate that I pretty much like the travel I have to do for work, and this particular trip was no exception.  Although I hate being away from Pete and the boys, I enjoy the people I get to meet, the boards […]

Retro Post – The First

I’ve had a few people ask me about the initial blogs I wrote that I referenced in my first posting here.  I’m posting that initial “retro” The Traditional Mom blog below.  I’ve read and re-read my proposition, thinking about how true it still is for me. And it struck me how overwhelming “life” seemed at […]

Racing rocks!

Saturday was a pretty exciting day for Sammy!  Well, truth be told, for Mom and Dad, too, as it marked the first day since his colonoscopy that we weren’t on the every-ten-minute-poop-patrol.    Although we’re still waiting for all the biopsy results, he seems to be turning a corner.  (Please don’t let me have just jinxed […]

Day 129, Step 3092

We’re on Day 129 and just took Step 3092.Now, I realize that might take a bit of explanation – at least the Steps part.  You see, all the experts, be it medical, behavioral, educational, or otherwise, are very quick to point out that the autism recovery journey is a marathon and not a sprint.  We […]

The Traditional Mom

Back in 2009, my husband was writing and editing for a Christian website that was just getting off the ground.  Several years earlier, with my two oldest boys, I discovered I had a deep, burning, desire to try to create memories and traditions with them that they’d be able to hold near and dear and […]