Author Archives: Marian Aiken

Journey of Faith and Loss

Several months ago an announcement was made in church that more or less left me in a state of shock. It took a bit for the information to sink in but by the time I drove out of the parking … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead

As a parent of adult sons who live with special challenges, I am learning how difficult and time consuming it can be to plan ahead for their future. To be honest, I have been aware of this for a couple … Continue reading

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Hiring Help

Trying to find people to help with my sons has been an ongoing challenge. When my sons were babies I thought it would be fairly easy to find someone to care for them while I was teaching classes or running … Continue reading

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My Experience with Hearing Aids

Today I did something I have been putting off for the past three and a half weeks – I went to Pacific Hearing Service to buy new batteries for my hearing aids and have the dry tubes in the earmolds … Continue reading

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Emotional Moments Filled with Pride

I normally don’t stop everything I had planned at the moment to write – but as I recall a conversation I had yesterday with one of my sons, I’m filled with emotion and gratitude. I am going to rename this … Continue reading

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Raising my son Kolya, living with autism – continued

In my previous blog about Kolya I focused on his running and climbing adventures (and there are many more running and climbing adventures to share if you’d like me to). There were many other behaviors we dealt with that I’d … Continue reading

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My Experience with Raising Kolya, My Son Who lives with Autism

For the past couple of weeks, families who have children with autism have been on pins and needles waiting for the outcome of a lawsuit filed by neighbors against a local family who have a son who is autistic. As … Continue reading

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On Scattering Ashes, Sharing Memories, and Sacred Places

Pastor Mariellen Yoshino, senior pastor at LAUMC, and I recently shared an inspirational and private time at a peaceful location, which I will keep secret. Pastor Mariellen had never been there and was enthralled with the beauty. The idea of … Continue reading

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Derek’s Communication Development

Derek’s expressive communication was quite challenging for people to understand, more so than other sons I have shared about in previous posts. Although Ben, Alan, and Sean all have cerebral palsy and are non-ambulatory and nonspeaking, they have a bit … Continue reading

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Conservatorship

When some of my sons turned eighteen years old, I applied for conservatorship for them. All of them were still living at home and for various reasons were, and still are, unable to make some decisions on their own. I … Continue reading

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