Pants on Fire

(from March 2014)We have heard a lot about RESPECT, AWARENESS and UNDERSTANDING over the past few weeks (End the r-word) and we will hear quite a bit more next month during Autism Awareness Month....more

My Son Has No Eyes!

My Son Has No Eyes It was during an ultrasound that I heard the terrifying words,  "I think that your baby's right eye didn't develop."About a month later at my next appointment, his concerns were confirmed.  Now it was my decision they said as to whether or not to continue with the pregnancy....more

You're raising a bully

  If you follow our page or my blog, you know that where we live sucks. No bones about it. We are surrounded by children who bully our child, and parents who could care less.     Matter of fact, here's a great example. Last fall Liam was outside playing with his old bike. It's beat up, it's too small for him, and it needs to be junked. You know as well as I do, that our kiddos don't part easily with certain things.  Anyway, he was playing with his bike, his father was in the yard preparing it for winter. ...more

Decision Making Style and Your Child's Future

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about how people make decisions and whether this actually leads to happiness.  Read it HERE. I am not certain if it is behind the paywall, so I have taken the graphic and embedded it below. Find out whether you are a satisfier or a maximizer....more

Decision Making Style and Your Child's Future

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about how people make decisions and whether this actually leads to happiness.  Read it HERE. I am not certain if it is behind the paywall, so I have taken the graphic and embedded it below. Find out whether you are a satisfier or a maximizer....more

The Stigma of Hidden Special Needs

I have children with special needs. Hearing loss, heart defect... those don't cause people to raise an eyebrow. A murmur of sympathy for my son who as endured heart surgery? Yes. A few polite questions about hearing loss? Sure. Judgment? No. But what about other special needs? Try telling someone your child was born addicted to cocaine. Or suffers from FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). These will get you a different reaction entirely. ...more
drannmaria Thank you so much for sharing this! I know there are many, many caring people out ...more

When our Parenting Insecurities Get the Best of Us

I was recently on the soccer fields waiting to pick up my daughters when a mom started chatting with me. She asked who my children were, and after I pointed them out she excitedly told me how great my daughters and the other two girls in the group were doing with the larger group of boys. I then of course asked who her son was and as soon as she pointed him out she began to ramble  on about how he wasn’t having a good practice today and they weren’t sure if soccer was his thing and he had a growth spurt recently so he wasn’t as coordinated as the other boys and he wasn’t as fast....more

Dear Parent of Typical Children: Teach Your Child About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will learn, from you, how to understand disability. ...more
YES! I think talking about it is SO important! I have had the chance the past two years to share ...more

Motherhood Gave Me My Voice

When I became a mother 15 years ago, I expected some perks with the job. The way a newborn will hold on to your finger when you are feeding her, or the way your two-year-old’s face lights up when you walk into a room. Being the one who gets to hear your son ask God to bless the baby in mommy’s tummy or hear your daughter say I love you for the first time.These perks make up for the sleepless nights, days full of worry, spit covered shirts, and prematurely gray hair.But there’s one gift motherhood gave me that I never, ever expected–I gained my voice....more
Life Breath Present  Yes, it really is!!! Happy Mother's day!more

Hey 19

I know, I know - you've read this all before.Too bad.It is time for the Annual Birthday Post! My tiny little 1lb babies are 19 today.I know, right? Some of you have been reading the Birthday Post since they were about 10 or 11.Time is not just flying, it is traveling at the speed of sound. I remember a tiny Becca setting her pacifier down in something that had spilled...she picked it up, took a suck, and said, "What the hell is all over this?!" It made me laugh so much that I couldn't even correct her....more