Hi, I’m Kirsty!

From my home in Newcastle NSW, I share my home truths about caring for kids with special needs and being a working mother of three while staying (relatively) sane…

My Home Truths - me, Kirsty Russell

About Me…

I’m a mother of 3, wife of a big kid, freelance copywriter, carer and blogger. I always have way too much on my plate but I am learning to juggle with the best of them. I use my blog to vent, laugh at myself, raise awareness of special needs parenting, autism and albinism and to pretty much just crap on. Because in the end it’s all about me – my life, my stories, my home truths.

In early 2014, I suffered a stress-induced episode that resembled a mini-stroke. After re-evaluating my life, I accepted a redundancy from my public service position of nearly 20 years and decided to embark on a new career, working from home. It’s a work in progress and I’m sharing some of my experiences at my other blog, Smarter Happier.

My ultimate aim is to set up an income stream based on my passion for writing. I established Double Scoop Consulting in late 2014 to support this goal and I divide my time between providing professional business writing and copywriting services and blogging my personal truths here, as well as my professional trials and tribulations over at Smarter Happier.

Yes, I am busy 🙂

About My Family…

I have been married for nearly 15 years to my wonderful husband, Nathan and we have welcomed three gorgeous cherubs into our lives.

My Home Truths - my beautiful family

Master 11 (AKA Gilbert) has albinism and high-functioning autism but that does not stop him from anything…he is currently writing a one act play called The Rainbow Kids, inciting our pups to do naughty things, exploring the fun of teasing his sisters and, apparently, advising his teachers on what to teach at his school!

Miss 10 (AKA Matilda) is a true drama queen – she sings, she dances, she acts and adds drama wherever she goes. She’s also the apple of her father’s eye as she has inherited his love of gaming together with a love of Minecraft, Pokemon and watching YouTube tutorials! She also has Aspergers Syndrome and we are working towards giving her all the help and support she needs to continue to thrive.

Miss 5 (AKA Delilah) is a VERY busy pre-schooler who is the source of all mischief in our house. Luckily for her, Delilah has the sunniest personality I have ever encountered – even when she knows she’s in trouble she turns up the already blinding wattage of her smile and we all melt!

Evie and Mandie complete our family and are our newest additions. A fawn and a black pug, these two get into mischief previously unheard of in this house (even by Delilah’s standards!) They snore, fart and bark and love following the kids around in desperation for treats. They also love sleeping – which they do rather a lot of…

My Home Truths - Evie & Mandie, my pugs

About My Blog…

I started My Home Truths in 2011 as a new year’s resolution – probably the only resolution I have ever stuck to! Here I have re-discovered my love of writing, both for me and for others. I love writing about special needs parenting, my confessions, albinism, autism and just the general challenges of family life. I sometimes write about music, travel, work and exercise too – I have come to accept that I am niche-less but I’m okay with that. This blog represents me, warts and all. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

About My Passion for Special Needs Parenting…

It’s such a cliche but I really do want to help other parents, particularly other special needs parents, who might be struggling or feeling overwhelmed. I have written many posts over the years to share my knowledge of autism and albinism and have also compiled a comprehensive listing of special needs resources too.

I have also put together a comprehensive guide to autism friendly family travel which you will receive as a big thanks from me for signing up to my email list. Sign up today so you can stay informed of new posts and products to help get you through the tough times. Hopefully, like me, you can get through them with a smile and with some shred of sanity intact!

27 Responses

  1. Louisa says:

    Looking forward to reading more Kirsty!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Louisa! I figure I should be in this for the long haul given I have never kept a new year’s resolution for as long as this one…enjoying myself way more than I ever expected!

  2. Caz says:

    Hey Kirsty. Just checking out your blog. You sound Like such an interesting lady with such a busy busy life. I’m going to add you to my blogroll so I can keep up with what ur up to. Love to collect interesting people to read about :O) Caz

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Caz – you say interesting, I say insane!

      Yay for adding me to your blogroll. I have been wanting to set up one of those for a while here – will need to seek some wordpress plug-in advice, the technical side of blogging is still way beyond me…

  3. I have just found you from Life on the Spectrum and look forwards to reading your posts. My eldest son has recently been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum and also has ADHD x

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks for coming by – I just visited your blog and left a comment on your great post about Ritalin. So glad we have found other great blogs via the Life on the Spectrum linkup!

  4. Reallyninja says:

    Hello, how interesting to read your blog. My niece has autism and although you can get a lot of information from the internet, I find it particularly interesting useful to read the real experiences of parents with autism kids. Thanks for posting! (And yay you for staying sane!)
    Reallyninja recently posted..THINGS I KNOW: “(I know that there are at least) 10 things I don’t know but that won’t stop me”

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I must say that I very much rely on the advice of other autism parents, and there are a quite a few of them who blog too. I’m going to add a list of my favorites to the autism page soon – just have to find the time to get around to it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. Alice says:

    Nice to meet you Kirsty! What a great indtroduction, and what a busy lady you are. I’m looking forward to reading more, and love photos of yourself (love seeing things from the kids’ perspective) and the teddy bears 😀
    Alice recently posted..What’s this blog about anyway?

  6. Fi says:

    Hi *waves*
    I’m new to your blog and I’m loving it so far!
    We have a lot in common, I have 2 kids too with 2 on the spectrum (isn’t THAT fun!)
    Fi x
    Fi recently posted..What’s for dinner Muuuuuuum? Argh!

    • Kirsty says:

      Fi, thanks for dropping by. Yes, having two kids on the spectrum is a special kind of fun. Especially at times like this when their combined anxieties make for a household on the edge. I just want Monday and the start of the school year to come so the anticipation is finally over for them both! Looking forward to catching up with your blog too in the coming days!

  7. Bronwyn says:

    Hi Kirsty
    My husband and I have two treasures. My youngest Max (3 1/2) has OCA and has also just been diagnosed with an ASD. I am still trying to get my head around this new news so thanks for sharing your stories.
    Bronwyn XX

    • Kirsty says:

      Bronwyn, thanks so much for getting in touch.

      Autism and albinism can be a hard combination to deal with but it’s not insurmountable. I’m more than happy to help you in any way I can. Feel free to email me at any time if you are in need of support or advice. It’s good to know that neither of us is alone in this!

  8. Kate Lee says:

    hey Kirsty
    A few of us from a few schools are pulling together a petition and campaign website on the cuts to disability support in NSw schools.
    Would love you to be in contact with us and promote the petition and website.

    • Kirsty says:

      Kate, I would love a link to the website and petition. There are already a few petitions being circulated (which i have promoted on my facebook page) but it would be much more powerful to have a united campaign to fight the detrimental funding changes in Every Student Every School. Please email me the details, I would be more than happy to do what I can to assist.

  9. Uncle Rod says:

    Hiya Kirsty,
    I got a mate who is aspbergers (about 30 ish) and another about 15 who is severely autistic – As a chrsitian I am convinced that God has made each one of us as we are.11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
    That doesnlt mean of course that we don’t use means to achieve a better result , that would ne just plain silly to say “Oh!God made you this way so donlt wear glasses” … any way I’m getting a bit preachy so now to the practicality . If you live near Rylstone, we have a couple of big paddocks (and a car) which your young bloke can test his testosterone on – obviously he cannot drive on the road but this doesnlt prevent him from doing a bit od “bush bashing” when the time comes. Anyway the offers there – the farm is about 3 klms from https://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&sugexp=cqrwrth&tok=yGaWyOymTLMevZ5UfqcJuA&cp=11&gs_id=3&xhr=t&q=dunns+swamp&safe=off&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1366&bih=667&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=AwUyUOSaBKuViAfThIH4CQ

    We can organise a caravan too .
    Offers open to anyone , if your reading this

    • Kirsty says:

      What a lovely offer Uncle Rod! We have family connections out Kandos way and it is lovely countryside. We are a bit far away to take advantage of your offer but thanks for opening it up to others as well. I think my boy would love the chance to have a go at paddy bashing when he’s a bit older – I will definitely keep your offer in mind! Thanks so very much.

  10. Annie says:

    Hi Kirsty,

    I’m Annie, I am also writing for Mother’s group magazine. Loved your articles so wanted to check out your site and say hello. Love your blog, you seem such a lovely lady and an awesome Mum congratulations!! You do some much you should be so proud of yourself. I am looking forward to learning things from you.

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks so much Annie! I will have to check your blog out as well. And you have reminded me to get a wriggle on with my next article! Thanks so much for taking the trouble to drop by – I really appreciate it.

  11. Robomum says:

    Thanks for linking with The Lounge this week. It’s occured to metht I actually haven’t stopped by in a little while. I’ll be back soon to catch up. Robo X
    Robomum recently posted..All About You

  12. Fiona Hayes says:

    I read your last post asking for our daily grind stories but i cant find where to post?

    • Kirsty says:

      Hi Fiona. The linkup runs for a week and then it closes. However, if you head to my homepage and look for the latest #imustconfess post you’ll be able to link it up there – the linkup is open to all posts and all confessions, regardless of the topic. Hope to have the chance to read it soon!

  13. Astrid says:

    HI Kirsty, I am new to your blog, visiting from #SpectrumSunday. I thought Gilbert had a vision impairment from the post you linked up already. It’s good to learn about other people with autism as well as a vision impairment. I am myself totally blind and was diagnosed with Asperger’s/autism in 2007 at age 20. I will go read more of your posts.
    Astrid recently posted..First Appointment for My Second Opinion

    • Kirsty says:

      Hi Astrid, thanks so much for making contact. I would love to learn more about how you manage with dual diagnoses as I haven’t come across with too many people facing these challenges together. Looking forward to reading your story too x

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