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Archive for September, 2013

Adventures in Alone Time… Plus a mom book giveaway you don’t want to miss!

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(Help me welcome my friend Jenny Lee Sulpizio, author of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe.This is a gem of a book, useful for any mom who has ever felt overwhelmed and under-prepared for the tricky business of raising kids. Full of useful tips about facing and conquering the day-to-day life of a mom, and combined with gut-busting laughter and genuine encouragement this book is a must for moms everywhere. Welcome Jenny!) *** Adventures in Alone Time… Plus a mom book giveaway you don’t want to…

Down syndrome and Autism, a dual diagnosis

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  Down syndrome and Autism (DS-ASD), a dual diagnosis Last week we officially received news that after a plethora of diagnostic tests, our daughter Evangeline, who is almost seven years old and has Down syndrome, also is found to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Crap. Now, let me back up. This is actually a diagnosis I’ve pushed for for four years. Someone asked me recently, “When was the first time you suspected that Evie had autism?” “The day I met here in Ukraine in 2009.” Although tested…

Sun Shine Down Happenings: some places you’ll find me this week…

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Sun Shine Down Happenings: some places you’ll find me this week… I’m thankful for people willing to do interviews and share reviews about Sun Shine Down, and host fun GIVEAWAYS TOO! Here are some places you’ll find me this week: Gillian, You are a pastor’s wife. Was it difficult to share the hard parts of your story in #SunShineDown? Short answer: yes. Read the rest of what I have to say today about writing Sun Shine Down on Christine Trevino’s blog and check out her review…

On at least trying … and bouncing pretty good

    On at least trying … and bouncing pretty good I may be dating myself, but do you remember that scene in Flash Dance where Jeanie is ice skating to ‘Gloria’? She is doing great, gliding across the ice, jumping into the air, until she falls once, gets back up, and then really bites it. She can’t get up, and the music blares, and she just sits there on the ice until a worker comes out and helps her off the stage while the…

Sun Shine Down is out in the world. What now?

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Sun Shine Down is out in the world. What now? I’m sitting here eating tuna fish and kale for lunch. My book, Sun Shine Down, has been out in the world for a little over a week. Surreal. Two days ago I watched five episodes of Call the Midwife, (in my defense, I had to … the episodes were going to expire!) while nonchalantly checking reviews on Amazon, and breathing in and out all. day. long. The kids got home from school, and I was…