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Archive for June, 2013

5 thoughts about summer from a mom who fears it

5 thoughts about summer

5 thoughts about summer from a mom who fears it Today is the last day of school, and my four cherubic children will be home at three o’clock today … for the rest of the summer (okay, not the whole summer. My two girls with Down syndrome will go to summer school for four weeks, and still, even with that, I’m freaking out just a bit). Pray for me. I’ve always wanted to be one of those moms who loves having her kids home, but…

This.

Annie Dillard quote

What are you keeping to yourself today that deserves to be shared?

Joni and Friends Special Needs Family Retreat Report

Eviehorse

Joni and Friends Special Needs Family Retreat Report Last week my family had the honor of attending a Joni and Friends Special Needs Family Retreat at the Maranatha Center in Muskegon, Michigan. I’ve been on the Joni and Friends Chicago Equipping Team for the last year, teaching churches about special needs ministry on Sunday mornings and about respite. My friends at Joni and Friends gushed about Family Retreats that take place in several different locations in the United States, and in the world every year….

My Mother’s Day Surprise

(It is my pleasure to welcome Leticia Velasquez Co-founder of KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) and author of “A Special Mother is Born“. Welcome Leticia!) My Mother’s Day Surprise Sometimes I think about how much fun it is for the ladies whose babies are being born in the Facebook age. They have a vast audience to oohh and aahh at their baby’s first photos, an instant birth announcement. I never sent out birth announcements for my children, nursing a new baby was about all I could handle, especially…

Eating out of my hand … actually off the floor, breakthroughs with Down syndrome

polly drums

Eating out of my hand … actually off the floor, breakthroughs with Down syndrome (This is a recycled post from five years ago. I’ve been disappointed with Evangeline’s lack of development lately. Reading this about Polly spurs me on. My kids are gifts.) One of Polly’s Physical Therapists left a half hour ago.  Today was her six month evaluation.  Instead of the usual scream fest and protests to bouncing on a ball and standing at the couch, we just sat back to watch what Polly could do. In Gross…