I heart my readers

A little light reading at bed time.

Walking in to tuck Riley in for the night, I got a little verklempt at this sight. I mean, the kindness of the readers of this blog!

*M* is mom to a child with Asperger’s, and she’s a librarian, and she shipped us a box of wonderful books to help with our homeschooling adventure. Riley reads the thesaurus she sent, for pleasure.

Back when Riley was hating her name, certain it was only for boys, *M* sent little charms. One for Riley, one for Seth, each had their name on it, and a little stick figure type character. The Riley charm was most definitely a girl because the character had a dress on. This sweet woman bought the charms and took the trouble to mail them to me, in an effort to help Riley believe her name is feminine and beautiful. I can’t seem to photograph them correctly because they are metal and all I get is glare, but trust me they are adorable.

Another reader and Asperger’s mom who has become a dear friend (and confidant) sent me a beautiful piece of her own artwork, a drawing of a mother and child.

These aren’t the only gifts that have been sent our way. There have been others, and I appreciate every one of them. And my God! The donations for the dog. I will never ever forget the generosity of my blog readers.

And the sweet e-mails. There have been a few that have really touched my heart. I mean really touched my heart.

And the comments. So supportive and loving and kind.

And the fact that anyone reads this blog at all? That people are rooting for us. It blows my mind.

Readers? I adore and appreciate you.

Thank you so much for the joy you add to my life.

Lovingly yours,


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19 Responses to I heart my readers

  1. Carrie N says:

    A cheer from the peanut gallery.

    Rooting for another who is in the same boat is easy. More than that, it helps to know there are others in our own boat.

  2. Carrie N says:

    Curious to see what you think of acupuncture.

    Also, my brother in Portland says they’re having some amazing days lately. Spring like days. Nothing like Spring (and Summer) in the Pacific NW. I’ll be envious when your coastal pics come along. In their time.

  3. Betty says:

    Thank you for sharing. I don’t feel so alone.

  4. *m* says:

    Back atcha! You and yours are an inspiration. Love the photo!

  5. Penny says:

    M –
    Thank you for sharing your life with Riley with me through the blog. It helps to feel not so alone, especially having a girl on the spectrum. We gotta hang together when we find each other!

  6. Sally says:

    Another day, and you are blessed. should be your mantra

  7. Wanda says:

    And thanks for the joy you bring to MY life.

  8. Carrie Link says:

    What goes around comes around.


  9. amber says:

    You bless my life.


  10. Kim says:

    Love the photo–that’s so wonderful that you’ve made some in-real life connections!

  11. Lydia says:

    Michelle, you’ve got it backwards. You’re sharing your life with us, and that’s such a gift. Reading about Riley is sometimes like reading about myself. Knowing how you think about her and love her anyway helps me to understand my mom better.

  12. Amanda says:

    Just really happy we have internet and I found you!

    Highland hugs!!

  13. K Fuller Yuba City says:

    I don’t have words for what your writing gives to me! You give strength by sharing the struggle and then the success! I really think your journey and writing gives people hope.
    How does it feel to be inspiring?

  14. Bonnie says:

    I think anyone who lives with a special needs child magically turns into a very special person.

  15. naomi says:

    Friends found in unexpected places…joy!

  16. buy r4 card says:

    Its really good to read your feelings for your reader.I really like that you have shared this with us.I do appreciate you that you are a good hearted person..Thank you..

  17. Pie Maker says:

    When I found the bloggy world this summer I was overcome with joy and relief. I learned that: I was not alone and there were other people out there that get it. I treasure your blog I cannot express what you mean to me Michelle or what I have learned from you. Despite feeling like I was late for the party I know I’ve found the we of me. Thank you.

  18. kario says:

    I’m with Carrie. You bring joy to us all, so why shouldn’t you get some back?


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