Follow These Handy Tips and Flying With Baby Will Be a Breeze

ONE | Fill the Diaper Bag with Essentials - I made sure I packed that thing with everything but the kitchen sink. These are just a few of the key things to make sure you have. ...more

New Moms: Save Money with These Helpful Tips

You’ve heard the stories. How raising a child from birth to 18 years of age will cost the average family $245,000. The expensive gear you absolutely need to keep your baby safe and comfortable. The childcare, the formula, and the zillions of ...more

Teachers Offer Insight and Advice You NEED to Read

I have always wondered what teachers *REALLY* want to say to parents, but can't. I get the impression they feel worried about telling parents the truth since these days some moms and dads are quick to blame the teacher for problems with their ...more

Pop Happy Bubbles, Sleep Well!

I realized that what she needed was to go to bed with happy, positive thoughts going through her head that would hopefully override the fearful ones. So we started Happy Bubbles. Every night after she was tucked in bed, we would "pop" happy bubbles ...more

Down Syndrome: Don't Apologize for My Son's Existence

"I'm sorry," the man said during a business meeting. For the first time I could remember, someone apologized to me for my son having Down syndrome. I've heard a lot of interesting comments as a parent, but this was the first time someone apologized ...more

Read This Before You Give a Bunny or Chick for Easter

Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets. As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks, and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years. ...more
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5 Reasons Our Large Family Was the Coolest on the Block

I have read several articles lately about the downsides of coming from a large family, and I must say that after reading the first one, I was ready to write THIS post to set the record straight. I realize that everyone’s family experience is different and I honor all families no matter what their size, but I have a totally different feeling about big families. Even if you didn’t have the best home life, you have blood relatives who understand you and your life experience and who can understand the things that have helped you to become the person you are today. ...more
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Special Needs Students Take to Social Media to Save Charter School

In the United States, the National Education Association estimates that three out of every four students with disabilities spend part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. For students with special needs like Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Asperger syndrome, or Sotos Syndrome, it may be difficult if not impossible for them to learn in a general education classroom. ...more

What I've Been Doing Lately

Asking me “What’s new?” is a surefire way to throw my brain into a tizzy. I mean, “new?” Heck if I know! I can hardly remember whether or not I ate lunch yesterday ....more

The Picture That Cost Me 1.3 Million Dollars

I'm pretty sure God is speaking to me through Lifetouch, and I am listening. Continue reading → The post The Picture That Cost Me 1.3 Million Dollars appeared first on The Bearded Iris ....more

NCJFCJ Supports the American Probation & Parole Association’s Issue Paper Risk and Needs Assessment

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announces its support of the American Probation & Parole Association's Issue Paper Risk and Needs Assessment, recognizing the need to apply science to courtroom practice and procedure to improve outcomes for those we serve.  ...more

Lincoln: 8 Months

On his actual 8 month day Linc slept through the night, then took a 4 hour nap. He woke up a zillion years older. He’s bigger ....more

Big Number Three

My girl is three! ...more

Why I Prefer Teens To Toddlers

I’ll never forget the elderly lady on the bus. My then two-year old was pitching a tantrum. She leaned over, and with a smirk said, “Don’t worry, Dear ....more

I Love Psalm 143:10

This morning I read this in Psalm 143:10:...more

What I Learned In High School, Part 2

When I went to High School, the expectations were pretty clear. There was a lot that I didn’t know, and I was there to learn it.But now that I’m in High School for the second time, as a parent of high school students, the rules have changed. Now I’m supposed to have all the answers.Back when my children were in elementary school and middle school, I felt confident in my ability to field any question that was thrown my way. But now I’m in the major leagues and the balls are faster, more unpredictable, and often come out of left field.Some I can answer....more

DIY Built-in Floating Shelves

We've been wanting to do something with the spaces beside our fireplace since we moved in over a year ago and finally bit the bullet with these east, DIY floating shelves....more

Hanging in there

I’m doing my best to hang in there. Hubby is really stressing with work so he’s been speaking to me in caveman monosyllables at times.  I’m really stressing with the CS modification and feeling powerless to “solve” the problem on my own, trying to let go of that and let God, so to speak.  Let go, because I don’t have control.  To hang in there and live and make the best of it.Some days, I’m really good at it, and I’ve been riding a pretty good run lately....more