Hi I’m Kristi, just a Jupiter, Florida girl.
I founded Puzzle Peace Now in 2009 as a non-profit to support South Florida families who, like ours, are trying to raise our special kids without sweating to death.
My husband and I are parenting a fourteen-year-old son who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age three. We also have been blessed with a neurotypical boy who is now eleven, and can typically drive us up a wall. Calgon take me away!
Where do I stand at this point in our journey? I certainly have not made “peace” with autism; we will have to agree to disagree. I do know that I will no longer allow the disorder to make this mom feel angry, sad, blameful, or ashamed. Life is just Too. Damned. Short.
Read Puzzle Peace Now’s blog, for it offers a “peace” of my own mind about many things autism. It’s helped me realize how incredible my kiddos are, and that I may be doing some things right. If you prefer, consider my tales examples of what NOT to do. You won’t hurt my feelings! For a double dose of blonde ambition, listen to Disorderly Blondes, the podcast by bestie and I started. Laugh with us, laugh at us- we don’t care. Just laugh!
In between working hard raising money for local families affected by developmental disorders and raising two wild boys, I am sllooooowwwwly thinking about writing our story. I’m picturing Dante’s Inferno, screenplay by Mel Brooks. I swear autism truth is stranger than any fiction, and pray I stay sane long enough to put pen to paper.
Have something to tell me? Never be afraid to reach out. I’ll either be on a beach, golf course, or at bar. Can you watch my kids?
Peace and love always,