At Map Unknown I post about everything from feeding tubes and wheelchairs, to super important stuff like selfies and the Gilmore Girls. While I LOVE writing about random thoughts and stories (see the Journals category), the biggest aspect of Map Unknown is the experiences of parenting a child with special needs.

Raising a child with special needs is a unique journey. The typical parenting books go out the window and the advice starts rolling in from specialists, therapists, doctors and well-meaning strangers. It becomes a maze of big questions and new emotions. Before long it’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed, exhausted, fearful of the future, and perhaps even the absolute worst— alone.

It is my experience and the experiences of others traveling this road that I wish to share. If for no other reason than to let a family know THEY’RE NOT ALONE. While every situation is different, sometimes simply seeing others in the same arena is the boost we need. Whether it’s ideas for Christmas presents, or a post on how to afford adult size diapers for your teenager, these are real issues that can trigger loneliness or overwhelm if you think you’re traversing the route solo. BUT YOU’RE NOT! Hallelujah! I hope this site can be educational, fun, and a safe place for exceptional families to be exactly who they are, where they are, how they are. We will cry with you and CELEBRATE with you. So, welcome to Map Unknown! I’m so glad you’re here.

*Our story on adoption and special needs can be found HERE.*

Abi and Mama