Reading is Breathing

I have always loved to read. Some of my earliest memories surround books. Books about young orphans like Eight Cousins, Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables; books of adventure like Around the World in Eighty Days and The Swiss Family Robinson; and spooky tales from Edgar Allan Poe. I could go anywhere, be anyone and live any adventure. […]

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When Things go so Very Wrong

Train Autistic Children to BE SAFE around Police

My friend at Notes From the Backseat wrote me something very profound but frightening: “People have this mentality that our kids outgrow [autism]. They don’t. They become adults with autism and you can’t expect a neurodiverse adult to be able to function in the same way as a neurotypical adult. The world isn’t ready for our […]

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Gratitude Brings Joy

The other morning I was in a bad mood. The kids were running late, the house was a mess, and I just wanted to crawl back under the covers and sleep. Lia and I were on our way to school and were supposed to be discussing what our day would look like. I wrote about […]

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F is for Fail

You know those days when you feel like you have it all under control? The other day, I managed a routine hospital visit with one of my children. I listened to another speak at her school assembly and I gave my homeschooler a test. Laundry was underway, party favors were bought for the upcoming birthday. I was […]

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Lia Turned 10

My baby is 10. I can’t believe it was 10 years ago that my cuddly, sweet, yummy smelling baby was born and placed in my arms. I want to turn back the clock and snuggle her close as a baby, make her giggle as a toddler, and hold her hand on her first day of […]

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Justice League Kids

I saw something today that made me smile and cry those tears that moms cry when they feel great joy. I was reading one of my favorite blogs: Love That Max by Ellen Seidman. Ellen writes about a dad who created a very special photo shoot for some amazing kids. Last year for Halloween Joss […]

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Refugee Apartment Setup

Sam and I were able to set up an apartment for a refugee couple this week. It was record heat in Arizona and the day was hot. But we were all smiles for the work. Lifting Hands International has a warehouse where they store supplies. When an apartment is set up, volunteers first pull all […]

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Hair Day

black hair care bantu knots

When we adopted Grace I was told by many people how important it was to understand black hair care. Having neat and cared for hair is essential. I could not expect to ignore hair care and do a good job raising an African American daughter. So I joined some hair care groups. I followed hair […]

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Growing Up

Jamboree 2017

Sam has been home from the Jamboree for a month now. Newly arrived, he had stories and adventures to tell, badge trading results and souvenirs to show. He loved it, he tried new things, it was amazing. As I listened to his adventures of scuba diving, zip-lining and the best meal ever eaten (thank you to […]

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