Personal Update & What’s Next For Our Family


Thanks to all of you for the kind emails and messages as I took some weeks to unplug and really assess my priorities and goals.  As you may have guessed, deal blogging is an arena that just isn’t suitable to my new perspective on life.  These days, my life is immersed in homeschooling, and planning for our next adventure of building a tiny homestead.  We have also embraced the minimalist lifestyle, which means we try to avoid shopping, and buy very few items (aside from maintaining my stockpile). It has been an amazing life shift that we want to continue.  We now only own things that we absolutely love, and use often, and it has been indescribably freeing!


One of the biggest ways this blog has blessed my family is that it allowed us to pay for a home learning program for my son. Some of you have been with us on this journey from the beginning. I was showered with emails, comments and social media love after his diagnosis, and the fact that y’all took my family under your wing was just such a blessing to all of us.  This home program was instrumental in giving him the tools he needed to gain functional speech, and a general joy for learning.  He has grown by leaps and bounds, and we have every reason to have hope for his future. As a mom, this is a gift I cannot put into words. I can only say thank you!

I am also grateful for the travel that was made possible by having a job I could take with me wherever I went! The past two years of roadschooling have been monumental for our family, and has changed the dynamic of our relationships for the better. This is because of you. I thank you for your support and encouragement, and all the lovely comments and emails we have received on our journey.

The next step for us is to share our lives with the autism community.  I am working on an e-course that will help parents set up and run a successful home learning program for their autistic child.  I am so excited about this!  When we received our son’s diagnosis, I was overwhelmed and a little lost regarding where to start or how to help him.  There is so much information out there, but it is not easy to sift out and prioritize. Additionally, much of it is written by experts, for experts. Which means it isn’t easily usable for moms and dads. The goal of this course is to provide a basic framework for how any parent can optimize their home environment to help their children flourish! We cover:

  • Setting up the Home Environment
  • Using Visuals and Rewards
  • Fostering Independence
  • Where to Begin Teaching
  • The Importance of Data Collection
  • How to Keep Your Program Moving Forward
  • Outings, Vacations and Socialization
  • Working With Schools and Professionals
  • And lots more!

The program includes a series of videos, printable record-keeping binder and everything you need to get started.

If you would like to be notified when this course is available, you can add your email address to the Autism Home Learning Network newsletter in the box below.

Today my family and I are preparing to return to the San Antonio area for the summer so we can reconnect with friends, and eat as many tacos as possible! We will be building a tiny home, and learning how to be self-sufficient in the coming months. I am so excited to see this big dream become a reality! We will be blogging about our adventures over at I would love it if you followed us on our journey! There is a place on the right hand sidebar to sign up for email alerts or subscribe to the RSS feed.

I will always be grateful for the community you helped me create here at Moms by Heart. Thanks for sharing our lives for all these years. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers!


  1. What a nice post! I think it’s great you’re going to make those autism resources available. I was a sub one-on-one aide last year so I saw lots of different kids and their parents. This information is definitely something they could all benefit from. Good luck to you!

    • Thanks Brenda! I get lots of questions about our program, so I hope we can help folks who are wanting to do something similar.

  2. So does this mean good-bye to Mom’s By Heart?

  3. Thank you so much for your willingness to share your ecourse with us. We started our Autism journey a year ago. The months after diagnosis are overwhelming. I am excited about your program. Everything you mentioned is of great interest to me. Blessings on your new venture!!

  4. Trudi E. Crookshanks says:

    Thank you Lori, for all you do and I will keep you in my prayers, regarding your next adventure. I am in a different situation than many of you. I have a 27 year old daughter, who had viral meningitis at two weeks old and the virus went into autism. She is very high functioning, but she also deals with acute anxiety, which is currently keeping her stuck. It is hard for her to go out of the house and therefore she has a hard time going to school and getting a job. As many on the autism spectrum, she deals with a learning disability, which is also part of the after effects of viral meningitis. I would appreciate any recommendations in getting my daughter moving forward. The autism diagnosis is not new, but how the viral meningitis brought on the autism and the acute anxiety is new. It has helped me to have more information, which further clarifies things for me and to know more how she feels.

    • Hugs to you and your sweet daughter, Trudi! Our program speaks to the anxiety aspect of autism, and how it hinders learning…then we share strategies to lower anxiety levels and give our personal testimony. Excited to share it all!