The Maniac Bio

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Welcome to my blog…..  There are many things on our website that are professional……  then there is this….. Just Me…….  The girl….. Any posts under this tab, is personal writings about my extended family, myself, or other subjects that are close to my heart.  These particular posts are not written as the Professional, the Autism Specialist, or the Behavior Specialist.  They are written as small glimpses into my heart to see who I am when no one is looking……. So please don’t judge Above All Else Inc. or my professionalism on what you read here…..

For those of you who know me and my family know that we are not your normal white picket fence family. Our lives are not boring, for they are filled with lots of bumps and curves but at the end of the day is filled with blessings and joy. I hope you will join us on this journey as we struggle through the trials of parenting a TEENAGE  girl, a preteen who thinks she is grown (whom no one would believe I didn’t birth she is so much like me) and a nonverbal son diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3, who is also a TEENAGER.  Oh and did I mention that these children don’t belong to me through blood…….. Yea, that is right, I am not their birth mother, which doesn’t seem to matter to anyone except doctor’s offices, hospitals, and other government agencies……..

Just to give you some background……. I am married to a wonderful man who treats me like a Queen, (most days anyways) whom I adore and love with all my heart. But I must admit, sometimes I wonder if he is as great as I think he is, or if my first marriage to the antichrist (yes, he does currently walk the earth, shocking I know, but from what I have heard he has several brothers too) was sooooo bad, that it just makes him look so much better…….. We have been married for almost 10 years.

I told my husband I wanted to start a blog as a way to share my feelings and form friendships since I didn’t have many friends. I am not sure if it is because of our lifestyle and restraints with having a child who requires constant supervision, my numerous jobs, or my lack of social skills or friendliness….. Although I have a thousand or so friends on facebook, I don’t really have any besties anymore….. I sure don’t blame anyone but myself. I have never been a multiple friend person….. As I think back I have always been a one person friend….. From my first little friend in kindergarten all the way through college. Never had much luck being friends with girls too often…. I found them to be too full of drama….. Imagine that…. Me thinking others were drama queens…. Perhaps I just didn’t like sharing the spotlight with anyone. I just always favored BOYS… even as friends…. Guess that still remains, My best friends now are my husband and my nonverbal son. Funny how you can consider one of your best friends an eleven year old who can’t talk much. But then again most days it works out okay, because he is a great listener and very seldom interrupts and you never have to worry about him telling your secrets!!! He is quite a character though, he has no problem telling me to “Shhhhh” when he has had enough….

My hope for this blog is that you will see that you can make it through anything…….  That one smile can change everything, that blood is not that important when it comes to who you love and who is your family, and that above all else LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, and KINDNESS is what matters in life…. Enjoy!!

Bran

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