Welcome to Thistle Hill!
Where life happens….
Hello and welcome to my small space on the wonderful world web.
My name is Amanda.
Writing has always been a passion of mine. It has helped me sift through life. I have been able to sort out and piece together solutions to all the ups, downs, twists and turns that life has thrown. I’m hopeful that through this blog I will be able to connect with others.
Thank you for stopping by.
I am a mom to 3 incredible boys, a wife, writer, virtual assistant and a business owner.
Thistle Hill is a name I have heard since I was young. My mom used it to describe the house where we lived. It was full of love, hard work, God, and real people who I call my family. My childhood home was filled with people who were there for me. Wonderful memories were made… life-changing events also took place. Members of my family got sick, prejudices were dealt, educations were challenged, vacations were taken, mistakes were made… and so were a lot of birthday cakes! I learned that it wasn’t about the cards you were dealt in life, it was about how you held those cards that counted. Thistle Hill is a platform I want to use to discuss those cards.
You are welcome to join in the conversation. I would love to hear from you. You can visit our Facebook Page, leave a comment on one of the Thistle Hill Blog Posts, or reach out to me directly by email.
Becoming financial stable is a task in itself. Adding the extra expenses that autism families have to the mix make it next to impossible for many households. Being on this financial road myself, I decided to share what I know about financial tips and tricks for...read more
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My son started ABA preschool at a therapy center to help him with his Autism spectrum diagnosis. It didn't take long before he stopped ABA preschool. The class had several students, along with a Habilitative Interventionist for each student. ABA preschool did not go...read more
Last week, my kiddo started ABA preschool. It wasn't easy... It was a gigantic step. Ever since J was diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum just four months ago, I have been trying to find a program that will help him thrive. All of the experts, doctors, and...read more
Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured why not gather some of my boy's favorite silly monster stuff to share with you! Even though you can use these fun finds all year round, it is a great way to put a fun spin on Halloween, especially during a time...read more
Even though I saw my son's autism diagnosis coming, nothing prepared me. It knocked me down, even though I was ready for the impact. Now what? Navigating through this is not going to be easy. When J was two we enrolled him a preschool program, that was 2.5 years ago....read more
I finally sat down and made the best emoji finds list to help fill your life with these adorable emojis! My list includes a little bit of everything, from an emoji backpack, card games, stamps, and even an Emoji Gumball Machine. My boys love everything that has to do...read more
My son's autism diagnosis took years of observation, multiple doctors, paperwork, and a variety of tests. Both my husband and I knew that when our youngest son, J, started to show a language delay when he was a toddler that something was going on. We discussed it...read more
My kiddo loves everything emoji, so it was no surprise when this emoji snack mix became his new all time favorite! It couldn't come at a better time, because the Emoji movie is coming out in theaters July 28th, 2017! All of those emoji expressions give us parents the...read more
Take the journey down Autism Road Paving the road to where we are today has been one difficult journey to navigate. It all comes down to an adventure centered around finding a village for my family. Since my youngest son was born a little over 4 years ago, a lot has...read more