Angela Ashton Smith

Wife, Mom of three children, student, and driver of "The Strugglebus"

I have lived and worked in Raleigh, North Carolina, since graduating from Penn State in 2004. I'm currently back in school, working towards being a Physician Assistant. The greatest gifts I've gotten in life are the three amazing children who call me "Mommy." My youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism in late 2015 at three years old. These days, life is a journey of finding balance, and celebrating the sweet moments in an otherwise chaotic life. I share our journey through my blog at It is my hope that my words will reach and resonate with other families who are learning to view a whole new life, through the eyes of a child with autism.