Today is our 10-year wedding anniversary. I can’t help but wonder where the time went … 10 years goes by so quickly. Joseph and I married on a whim without thinking about how marriage and kids would change us.
Then I got pregnant. Joseph was there with me at almost every appointment — he cried when we learned it was a boy, never left my side during delivery, and was home with me the first four weeks of my maternity leave with Norrin. Becoming parents was a major moment in our marriage, and it brought us closer together. We were truly partners.
And then Norrin was diagnosed with autism, and our entire lives were turned upside down. We changed our work schedules and had therapists in and out of our home five or six days a week. Family outings were scarce and date nights became limited — but we are not a family to feel sorry for. It was our commitment and partnership that held us together, and now we have so much to be grateful for and to celebrate.
Being married isn’t easy and raising a child with autism hasn’t made our marriage any easier. We fight. We struggle. We are under emotional and financial strain. But there is no other person in this world who understands how I feel about raising Norrin better than my husband. And I am grateful that we have each other to lean on.
Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.
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