Will you still feed me when I'm sixty-four?

Hoping to reap the supposed health benefits of Greek yogurt, I stopped buying the foil-topped containers of Yoplait yogurt over a year ago. Before hopping on the Greek yogurt bandwagon, I used to share the regular kind with Philip. For a few weeks last spring, he happily consumed it, either allowing me to feed it to him or choosing to spoon it up himself. I celebrated these achievements....more

He'll be OK!

I have a friend who has a son who is 18 and in his final year at school. He has just received an offer from a university, conditional upon him gaining an A,B,C in his A levels (the final year of  secondary school in the UK). This is a truly remarkable thing. You may think it's not that remarkable as you will know that students all over the country will be receiving offers and some will have more difficult obstacles to overcome in terms of grade requirements. But this is an amazing achievement for this young man....more

I Made This Baby

Muscular Dystrophy (MD): Not to Be Confused With Medical Doctor, Maryland or Matt Damon

I'll be the first to admit it, when I think of Muscular Dystrophy (MD), I think of Jerry Lewis. You know, Jerry's Kids...the telethon. I watched it, and so did many of you, because it had great entertainment. I never donated, I was too young, and I certainly had no idea what MD was. If you were to ask me, I would have said it is a disease that causes mental retardation and confines people to wheelchairs. I would have been wrong. Because of Kathy, Dave, Keelan and Ella, I now know what it is....more

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Keeping It All Together

So you've got a little idea of what Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is, now you should now how it affects a family. Let's start with detection, Keelan was in Early Intervention because he missed a few milestones. No big deal, right? It wasn't until the reflux started and a trip to the gastroenterologist was needed. While being tested for Celiac Disease, he was found to have Duchenne. Yes, it was that big a jump. Unfortunately, that's how most disease are found, a simple trip to the doctor turns into a life altering episode....more

Don't speak

Don't speak I know just what you're saying So please stop explaining Don't tell me cause it hurts-No DoubtMilk became a four-letter-word in our house.It's Philip’s favorite beverage. He consumes so much that I was certain it would be his first word. That’s why I modeled the word at every opportunity.Here’s your milk, Philip. Do you want milk, Philip? Mmm, milk is yummy. Uh-oh! It looks like your milk is all gone....more

When one door closes . . .

so does another one....more

Why some teachers don't "get it" about gifted education

Most teachers care about their work. Most would like nothing better than to be able to meet each child’s educational needs, teach creatively and instill a love of learning in their students. Then why are gifted children so frequently overlooked, undereducated and unstimulated? Why do so many parents feel that their child’s teacher just doesn’t “get it” about gifted education? At first glance, you might think that teaching a gifted child would be a pleasure. Who wouldn’t want to teach a curious, deep-thinking learner who absorbs information like a sponge?...more

The Loss of the Life I Had Planned

We are now entering the third year of Brenna's life, and it seems very surreal to me. Every memory of the years since she arrived are some of my most vivid but yet almost part of a blur too - a blur of emotions, adjustments and just trying to find my way. And relying heavily on God and others....more

And He Said He Didn't Do Girl Hair...

When we found out we were expecting a little girl, Evan told me one thing: "I don't do girl hair."Braids, brushing, pigtails - forget it. He was adamant that doing hair was not part of his life skill set.We both always envisioned a little girl with blond pigtails (done by me, of course) when we pictured our daughter. This is what popped into our minds when we thought of a little girl......more