I’ve Got an Olin


I’ve got an Olin. He’s unique, and he’s challenging. Those are some positive words for him. What follows are some more realistic words about him. This morning we’re being liars together, Olin and I. “You said you were sleeping,” he …

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The Sweeper or Olin’s Depot Find


I love to visit The Depot, a non-prof secondhand store in Decorah. It is, in short, a perpetual garage sale that takes donations from the community and donates its profits to local charity organizations. There are amazing deals on utterly …

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Understanding the Why


This morning around 11AM, Olin decided to ride his little red wagon through the busiest intersection in Allamakee County. Tim says he heard a knock on the door, assumed it was one of the kids (who were all playing outside), …

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The Hunger Games

Childhood insatiable hunger is a common symptom of Microdeletion 16p11.2. In our house, it is one of the most difficult to deal with. Before Olin was diagnosed with ADHD and started taking medication for it, he was hungry all the …

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There He Goes Again

Last December, we moved to town after several years in the countryside. Starting in the springtime, Olin would disappear from our yard, sometimes several times a day. He didn’t answer or return when we called, so I frequently found myself …

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Juicervose, Choo Choo, and Interpreting Autism


When I was driving home last Sunday afternoon, I turned on WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio) to keep myself awake on a boring, tired drive. Unexpectedly, I was plunged into a very familiar, closed, intimate world: the world of autism. The …

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Winneshiek Fair ’16


This is the second year that Lance and I have attempted the Winneshiek County Fair with all four kids. We didn’t bring a stroller, but we brought a plan: we’d visit the animals, the petting zoo, the rides, get our …

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Mad City Rail Show ’16

Yesterday was the┬áMad City Rail Show in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year, I took Olin and Seraphine by myself, and it was a little nuts. I learned my lesson, though, and brought Lance along this time specifically to chase Olin. He┬ádrove …

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