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  • floundering

    [Translate] I used to think that when you were 40, you were an adult. You were old, you knew what to do. And now that I’m over 40, I realize that there are no adults. The kids who played with their cabbage patch kids are now in charge of other human beings, that’s the way […]

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  • Summer Disability Blog Series: Comforts & Connections

    [Translate] Hey! We’re back! Moving forward with the 3rd Annual Summer Blogging Series with the optional prompts A quick recap:  Week One: My Connection with Disability Week Two: Coming to Terms with Disability Week Three: A Letter to My Younger Self Week Four: Talking Raw, Talking Real: Challenges Related to Disability * all links are […]

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  • Weight Loss Update

    [Translate] I finished the 21-day Standard Process Detox – which is where I eliminated sugar, gluten, processed foods and all that from my diet. I also made a truly foul shake every morning which was supposed to fill me up – but never really did unless I added stuff like coconut/almond milk to it, more […]

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  • What the Down syndrome Community and Ostriches Have in Common…

    [Translate] My favorite lil’ online guy over there, Noah’s Dad, was posting in a Down syndrome Educational Support group on Facebook, trying to get people over to some post of his about information for parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. When asked why he was reinventing the wheel with this when […]

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  • Talking raw, talking real: the challenges related to disability

    [Translate] My best friend in school would wake up in the morning and GO. She’d open her eyes, sit up, get out of bed, get dressed and that was it – her day was started. I thought about that – just… like, wow… open your eyes…sit up…get out of bed..dressed. Over and out, that’s it! […]

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  • NDSC 14: The Conference Information Post

    [Translate] * I want to write down some of this while it’s still fresh, get it out before too much time passes and then I never will. * The NDSC has a Conference annually. During this, they cram in as many sessions and speakers as possible, and have a Kids Camp available as a childcare […]

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  • Summer Blog Hop Series: Talking Raw, Talking Real: Challenges Related to Disability

    [Translate] Hey! We’re back! Moving forward with the 3rd Annual Summer Blogging Series with the optional prompts A quick recap:  Week One: My Connection with Disability Week Two: Coming to Terms with Disability Week Three: A Letter to My Younger Self * all links are still open if you’d like to participate  * This week:   […]

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  • NDSC 14: Friends

    [Translate] The tears first came when I saw a woman with Down syndrome walking on the street as our bus passed her on the way to our hotel. Walking through the lobby, Moxie and I brushed through throngs of adults and youth with Down syndrome, children with Down syndrome too, running around and exasperating their […]

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  • Summer Blogging Series: CATCH OUR BREATH!

    [Translate] I caught this guy napping on the couch: and she was over in the next room: Meanwhile, he went and texted a photo of himself to me: and said, “HEY! I NEED TO CATCH MY BREATH!” So I thought to myself, okay, okay, all right, I can take (not so subtle) hints! Let’s have […]

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  • NDSC or Bust!

    [Translate] GUESS WHAT?! Moxie and I are headed for the NDSC Convention over in Indianapolis. Uh-huh, I’m torn between feeling sorry for Mikey (watching Mac-Q on his own along with the farm and shuttling Micah around) and being REALLY DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY!!!! Poor Mikey….. YAY US! Travel with just one child I’m one of those super […]

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  • #neveralone: A Campaign for Information

    [Translate] Last summer, an expectant mom who received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome through a new blood test described her experience of learning the news over the phone during a parking lot phone call on her lunch break. Devan Weathers, 32, was 20 weeks pregnant and said, “It may not have even been a two-minute […]

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  • Hey, Mo! [Letter to My Younger Self]

    [Translate] This is a letter to my younger self, written as a part of the Summer Series Blog Hop: Challenge! It’d be awesome if you participated too – details are linked here. *** Hey there, Mowahwah. It’s bright outside and the kids are sleeping nearby in the car as I write this - oh, and yes! […]

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  • The Honeymoon is OVER!!!

    [Translate] I drove the 9 hours from the Bay Area back home, a drive that is gorgeous and endless and full of twists, turns and potentials for puking. I love that feeling of finally driving into the Mattole Valley, seeing it all unroll and undulate underneath us as we view it from the high road, […]

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  • Summer Blog Hop Series: A Letter

    [Translate]  BLOG HOP WEEK THREE! This week in the 3rd Annual Summer Blog Hop series aimed at creating community and sharing voices between the disability and disability-ally (- parents, friends, etc) segments in our shared tangerine of life. About: The Blog Hop is a space where you can drop the URL link to a post you […]

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  • 3 Little Hooligans (- Photo Essay)

    [Translate] A photo essay… … from the time I thought I’d finally have the perfect photo of all of them!   …and… ********* Additional 40% Off at Tea’s Semi-Annual Sale**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.This is it, Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is going […]

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  • Random Floating Bubbles

    [Translate] First some cute photos of the kids! I’m all over the place right now. Discombobulated, scattered and there are so many things I want to talk about – the training center! My new service dog! The way Moxie puffs out her cheeks to blow bubbles and the way that Mac-Q runs after them Micah […]

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  • Coming to Terms with Disability in My Life

    [Translate] This post is part of the “Challenge” Summer Blog Hop Series – please join and participate yourself! The link is HERE. ***** Coming to terms with disability. When I first see that phrase, I get an image in my head of a body wrestling with this unknown blob and the blob is “disability”. It’s […]

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  • Summer Blog Hop Series: CHALLENGE! “Coming to Terms”

    [Translate] Summer Blog Hop Series: CHALLENGE! This is our third Summer Blog Hop Series and there are three ways to participate: Follow the OPTIONAL narrative arc by following the writing prompts (which are listed  HERE ). Re-working older posts that you have written or just posting the links to those URL’s is an awesome way for some of […]

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  • Photo Flow From the Training Center

    [Translate] I will graduate tomorrow! I’ve been here at the Training Center for two weeks now, with the kids and my mom. I can’t believe that this time, two weeks ago, I had no idea of how to train a dog to alert me to a sound. WOW. This place is amazing, taking someone like […]

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  • Disciplining My Daughter with Down syndrome

    [Translate] Somehow, somewhere along the line, I stopped disciplining Moxie the same as I discipline Micah, or rather even, the same as I disciplined Micah when he was Moxie’s age. And I don’t know what happened exactly to change that. I suspect that her  inexhaustible appetite for adventure and mischief  had something to do with it – […]

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