Camping

School let out and we got out of town. My husband and 2 of his friends are in charge of a scouting adventure later this summer. So of course we needed to check out the sites and activities they want to do. Escaping the 100 degree heat wasn’t bad either. When they checked out the […]

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Dads Who Stay and Fight – A Book Review

“To every dad who wants to be a hero for his family.” With this dedication author Greg Trimble starts his book Dads Who Stay and Fight: How to Be a Hero for Your Family. This book puts in words how I feel as a father. Dads Who Stay and Fight is in a simple to read […]

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School’s Out

Today was the last day of school and we celebrated with ice cream, water balloons, water guns and shaving cream. We did eat the ice cream. But everything else was fair game for throwing. We had a lot of fun! Grace arrived a bit late and knew she was in for it. What did you do […]

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Five Engaging Books about Special Needs and Inclusion

  My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson This sweet story is about a boy and his friend Isabelle. He talks about how they are different like their height and how fast they run. But he says they also like to play grocery store and dance together.  The story doesn’t mention  that Isabelle has Down Syndrome, […]

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Teaching Respect

My grandfather, Samuel Gilmore, was an amazing man. I can’t count the number of lessons I learned from. His family was central in his life. He even retired early so that he could spend more time with his wife who had serious health issues. Grandpa Sam was always supportive and giving and he is my […]

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More Summer Fun

I had some great responses from my posts about summer. I’m excited/nervous for the change (change is hard for special needs kiddos) but it is coming whether I am ready or not. And I love looking back on some of our great adventures and remembering the amazing times we had. But sometimes those memories take […]

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Self-Contained versus Inclusion

I had heard of Donuts with Dad and Muffins with Mom, but I had never heard of Munchkins (doughnut holes) with Mom. But doughnuts of any kind are a hit with kids so Grace and I were excited to attend.  I love spending time with my sweet Grace. She is a Daddy’s girl, so anytime […]

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Camp Beat the Heat

When my children were young we moved to Arizona. I grew up in Idaho and spent summers enjoying every minute of summer heat. We rode bikes, jumped on the trampoline, slept under the stars, and played outside every day. (Except the days I was curled up in my room reading ALL the BOOKS I could […]

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Last Day of School

We have a tradition. The last day of school is a huge celebration that starts with Mom being able to “surprise” the kids.  The first year I did this I filled up water guns and about 75 water balloons.  I left a sign on the front door that I had a surprise for them in […]

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