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Archive for January, 2014

I’m afraid of autism

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A few months ago, my daughter Evangeline, born with Down syndrome, was diagnosed with autism. I’m afraid of autism… I’m afraid of some of my daughter’s behaviors. I’m afraid of getting hurt physically and emotionally. I’m afraid that Evangeline will never talk. I’m afraid of joining a new club. I’m the Down syndrome mom. I don’t want to be the autism mom, too. But do you want to know what I am even more afraid of? I’m afraid of not speaking out for my sake…

On being as dumb as Peter, where I’m at today…

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                               On being as dumb as Peter (Note: The ‘he’ in these passages is Jesus) 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves,…

Umm… Hi

Evie 2014

So, I’m recovering from Christmas, the kids’ holiday vacation, snow days, digging out my inbox, trying to put together a plan for my book project, working on two magazine articles, hiding from people refueling, and of course it is January so that means I’m trying to eat better and exercise… you know, all that good stuff. There isn’t a whole lot of space in my life for this little blog. But I will share this with you: Last Saturday afternoon at a play structure with the…