“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”

― Jack Kerouac

The hardest thing is to live richly in the present without letting it be tainted out of fear for the future or regret for the past.

― Sylvia Plath

When's not a question but a step to take
Then's not an answer and if's a mistake
Ever after and always are fictional tales
Never ends and maybe sometime fails
Later's a promise made just for breaking
Now is a valuable gift for the taking
Should becomes didn't and now is lost
Can't really won't, but at what cost?

~Laurie Frisbey

It is not easy being the parent of a child with special needs (youngest of three kids). I have my ups and downs. I try to do all I can for her but I’ve put my life and goals on hold several times and I’ve realized I have to do things for myself and my own sanity in order to be the best I can be for her. I have times when I feel like she is the best thing because she taught me unconditional love and patience. But I also go through bouts of feeling like a wedge has been placed between myself and my dreams and I feel hopeless. I’m more than a parent of a child with special needs. More than a parent, period. My blog, Life Upside Down and Sideways (formerly I May Regret This), is where I log some of my thoughts, goals, achievements, rants and breakdowns as a mom.


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