Holland is equally as beautiful as Italy!

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Holland is equally as beautiful as Italy!

Many years ago shortly after WK was diagnosed with Autism I was at the time in permanent pity party mode. I was struggling BIG time accepting the fact that my kid had Autism. I was scared. I was pissed off like no other. Why him? Why me? Why us? Why? It was a few months into “dealing” with Autism and to be honest the way I was dealing with it was simply not to deal with it. I basically did nothing for one year except cry. Clearly that wasn’t going to help WK in any productive way so I pulled up my big girl panties and off I went on my adventure…..and oh what an adventure it has been!

Anyone been to Italy before? I have and it hands down is my most favorite destination in Europe that I have been to. I love everything about Italy. The people. The culture. The food. The museums. The cobblestone streets in Florence. The wine. The food (oh wait I said that already). You get the point. I have never been to Holland before although it is supposed to be really beautiful.

About 9 years ago someone introduced me to a short essay called “Welcome To Holland” written in 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. The premise was and still is very applicable to my life, so much that it has been taped to the wall of my office for the past 9 years. Please click on the below image to expand it larger.


A few weeks back someone asked me to post “Welcome To Holland” again and I thought it was a good reminder that no matter if you are raising a special needs kid or not, the premise can be applied to all different types of situations. The person who asked me to post “Welcome To Holland” doesn’t have a special needs kid and that made realize that people ARE paying attention to the things I share and the stories I tell. Sure I try to be funny a lot of the time but I also want to help empower everyone to look at their specific situation perhaps a little differently too!

I am always open for feedback here and if there is a specific topic that you would like me to write about then please either leave a comment or email me at mom@adayinthelifeofawarrior.com.

With Lots Of Love,
Warrior Mom

ps-Here are a few photos from Halloween
Yum. Candy!

Definitely my hero:)

Definitely my hero:)

Best buds

This really needs to no caption!

pss-Here are a few videos of WK last night seeing Bruno Mars (his Idol) in concert. Enjoy!


  1. Avatar Jane says:

    Have always loved the Welcome to Holland analogy. At first as a Mom of a newly diagnosed kid I was very pissed – I wanted Italy! I thought my kids had to be fixed. Thankfully over the years I have learned they don’t need to be fixed – they are awesome and just need help and understanding.

  2. Avatar Meghan says:

    Thanks for the reminder. It’s so easy to get hung up on what you thought you wanted, deserved, expected. If you can’t roll with it, you miss out on the good stuff. xoxo

  3. Avatar Jennifer says:

    Love love the pictures/especially the video and just as much – the power of the positive post being such a good reminder to all of our lives. Always ups and downs, struggles and joys. And living in the daily life of gratitude. Thanks for the inspiring post. Sending love to you and WK.

  4. Avatar Susan says:

    What a beautiful analogy. I can apply this to my life in so many ways. Three of my closest friends have a child with autism. I will forward this to them. You inspire me and I’m so proud of you. I love the pictures of the WK!

  5. Avatar Janet says:

    Well said! Go to Holland…it’s beautiful. ..just like although not originally planned..you see how beautiful your life with WK has been!

  6. Avatar Becky says:

    Thank you again ❤️❤️❤️Love the pictures and videos!!

  7. Avatar Pat Shink says:

    I have been in “holland” for 47 years. My son is lovable and sweet. He has achieved so much more than I could have dreamed. Always remember, “you don’ t have to be perfect to be loved.”Be proud of your special child and let him know it

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