Category Archives: Elusive Tranquility

Elusive Tranquility is my personal blog about parenting a special needs child and her siblings. I started this blog many years ago as a way to share my parenting stories and to connect with other parents of special needs children. I have three children, Jenny who is in college, and Anna and Dominic, both in elementary school. After having Anna, the way I view the world shifted. Anna has PDD-NOS (a form of autism), intellectual disability, epilepsy, microcephaly, hypotonia, hypothyroidism, kyphoscoliosis, sensory integration dysfunction, hearing loss, high myopia, mood disorder, and was failure to thrive from 6 months to 3 years. Bless her heart, her life is hard but she never complains. My son, Dominic, also has ADHD and is intellectually gifted. Anna experiences life at a different pace and with a different viewpoint, and has challenged everything I know about motherhood. Having always been very empathic myself, I feel what she feels and see what she sees… and this gives me a unique vision when exploring my artistic side. I have connected with many other special needs parents through this blog and love hearing from you.

My Thoughtful Thursday post is a day late because we went on an actual, real, honest-to-goodness vacation with our children this week on spring break. Curtis had to go to Houston on business so we tagged along. I’ll try to post photos from our adventure next week but since we didn’t get in until late […]

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Saturday, March 11th, 2017 Happiness Means… This week’s prompt is “Happiness Means…” for the Instagram project #portraitsofme. I had all kind of grand ideas for this prompt… family photos, a full dining room table, a car full of my family, all of us cuddled in bed… but the timing never worked out having everyone at home at the same […]

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Today Anna turned 16 years old. It was a bittersweet day as it is for most families with a child who has an intellectual disability. No car with a big giant bow for us. Nope, but Anna doesn’t care. She does want to learn to drive but she was happy getting a few trinkets from […]

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  • Pamela - Happy birthday to my beautiful niece!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Lusk - Happy Birthday Anna! We have 2 Aspie Grandsons. Love them so much. I’m sure Anna and Austen would be beasties. He will be 15 on the 30th. Which we lived closer. Love y’all! Kim and RonnieReplyCancel

    • Holly - That’s so sweet, Kim! I’m sure Anna would love Austen. Thanks for the comment!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Lusk - Besties tooReplyCancel

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 We’ve had a spot of unseasonably warm weather this week in Central Texas… it’s been in the mid-80s. When Anna got home from school on Tuesday, I decided to take my macro out in hopes of finding some insects or wildlife (no luck). She didn’t want to join me right away, but […]

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Thursday, February 16th, 2017 It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the kids so I thought I’d share an update. After a bumpy January, February is shaping up to be a much nicer experience for the kids. And I am incredibly grateful. Mr. Luna and Anna We think most of Anna’s behavioral challenges stem from severe […]

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