World Down Syndrome Day March 21st (3/21)

World Down Syndrome Day March 21st (3/21)

March 21st is a holiday in our family.  We celebrate it every year.  The kids have special 3/21 shirts.  We eat out with friends.  We celebrate at school.  We celebrate online.   It’s kind of a big deal. If someone had told me nine years ago, that we would celebrate this…

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Raising a good kid

Raising a good kid

“Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.”                                                                                      Glennon Melton  momastery.com   I am guilty of the above.  Sometimes my son makes unkind decisions.  He can be mean to his siblings.  He can be disrespectful.  He can be self…

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Too many sad stories

Too many sad stories

My God, sometimes life sucks.  People suffer.  They get sick.  They die.  Children die.  Some beautiful families survive only in photos after tragedy rips one member from their Kodak moments forever.  And sometimes it is too much.  Sometimes I am consumed by thoughts of others’ suffering.  Sometimes I am consumed…

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“We’ll always be together in the black and white photo.”

“We’ll always be together in the black and white photo.”

  “Picture you and me in a cabin by the sea… What the photograph don’t show, is where we’re headed tomorrow.  Even when we have to go, we’ll always be together in the black and white photo.” I fell in love with this song, Cabin by the Sea,  just before…

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My Gram’s snowflake earrings

My Gram’s snowflake earrings

“I love Christmas Eve!  I love the music and the food and I love that Gram wears her festive snowflake earrings!”  I can’t remember how old I was when I said this.  Maybe a pre teen, maybe a young teenager.  I know it was a long time ago.  I know…

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Introducing inspIRIEd families

Introducing inspIRIEd families

If your family is doing  something good for people or planet, please share your story at our  insIRIEd families facebook page!   I lose myself in music.  When people talk about feeling alive, I know exactly what they mean.  It is how I feel when I sing, play or listen. …

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The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship

The HerStories Project: Women Explore the Joy, Pain, and Power of Female Friendship

I have spent my life surrounded by women.  Sisters and cousins and aunts.  Women who love me unconditionally.  Who call me out on my craziness.  Who make me laugh until it hurts.  Who hate when I cry.  Who listen to my anxiety ridden ramblings, sometimes for hours.  Women who are…

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California Roots the Carolina Sessions (with kids)

California Roots the Carolina Sessions (with kids)

We have to be there.  As soon as I heard the line up, I told my husband.  We have to be there.  So many of our favorite bands.  Bands that have brightened our days, changed our lives, fed our souls.  All in one place on the same day.  At a…

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Worth the Trip

Worth the Trip

I can hear breathing all around me.  My Dad.  My husband.  My three crazy children.  All calm and surrendering to sleep in a tiny hotel room.  It was a long day.  Ten hours in the car from PA to Wilmington, NC.  It was worth the trip.  To be here surrounded…

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The work of Inclusion

The work of Inclusion

Dear Teachers, We understand Inclusion is not easy.  We  are aware of our son’s oppositional behaviors and sensory needs.  We see that he struggles with focus.  That he has cognitive limitations and poor communication skills.  That he has anxiety about food and transitions.  That he has a stubborn streak about…

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