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Part 1: Siblings Stick Together!

Siblings Stick Together! When given the option – they chose inclusion! Do Siblings Stick Together? We had to have a conversation with our daughters today.  Sibling Relationship  Their brother was no longer able to do an activity with them in a way that worked for him. Therefore, they would not be able to do it […]

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A lesson from my 5 year old ~ Wacky Wednesday

A lesson from my 5-year-old It’s Wacky Wednesday at Cheerleading Camp! I’m so excited to help my newly 5-year-old daughter decide what to wear and how to do her hair so she can be wacky! Reality smacks me I don’t like Wacky Wednesday Mom. “What? Why not? How do you know you don’t like Wacky […]

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Realities of having a child with special needs

Realities of having a child with special needs The realities of having a child with special needs! This is the annual MRI day for our son with tuberous sclerosis. Many hopes and prayers for no surprises. Struggles of being a special needs parent This is also the day when for a short while, I think […]

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Hey Mom...You're not the monster...

Hey Mom…You’re not the monster…

Dear Mom….You’re not the monster! “When did I become the monster?” A friend and I were talking about some challenges they were having with her child’s school. She didn’t feel these were earth-shattering situations until she felt like she had suddenly become a monster for advocating for her child. Hey Mom…You’re not the monster… You […]

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What do I say to friends and family?

What do I say to friends and family? The awkwardness of the parent’s thinking: “How are they going to respond, what am I going to say back, etc.” Kind deeds go a long way with someone going through a rough time. Has a friend or family member just received a diagnosis for them or their […]

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2 Here are the top 5 things we keep in mind to stay in a healthy relationship:

Day of Courage: I secretly stopped criticizing

It Takes Courage to Share My Day of Courage #DayOfCourage Day of Courage: I secretly stopped criticizing On August 28th, I participated in the 1st ever Day of Courage where participants from all around the world did something courageous, anything that took them out of their comfort zone or away from their norm. We face […]

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Feeling Frustrated, Focus On The Blessings

Frustrated? Focus On The Blessings

 Frustrated? Focus On The Blessings. It’s Human Nature To Feel Frustrated I’m sure you’ll relate to how frustrated I was today… The dreaded phone call to the insurance company. Only to be passed around to the “appropriate person” who knows exactly what to do. I spend a lot of time on the phone with offices, […]

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Your Glass: Is It Half Full or Half Empty?

Is your glass half empty or half full? Is your glass half empty or half full? This is a debate that makes me chuckle. We’re here trying to classify ourselves and each other as optimists or pessimists and is one better than the other? Really? Someone I would know would, and they’re really missing the […]

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It Takes Courage: Saying Yes To Your Inner Voice

Listening To Your Inner Voice Sometimes that little voice inside your head just keeps talking! Yes, I know that sounds a little bizarre but you know what I’m talking about…that gut feeling that tells you to do something, and that thought that keeps coming back time after time…yes, that little voice that just keeps talking […]

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