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

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] * 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

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] 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!

    [Vertaal] 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!

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] 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]

    [Vertaal] 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!!!

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal]  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)

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] 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”

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] 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

    [Vertaal] 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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  • Service Dog Q & A

    [Vertaal] I’ve been in service dog training for this past week and I have one week to go. I’m talking 9-5 training and it’s hard catching up to a dog that is smarter than I am. I’ve developed a little Q & A in anticipation of some of the questions you might have about service […]

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  • Disability: My Connection

    My deaf/disability connection.

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  • Summer Blog Hop Series: Challenge!

    [Vertaal] Summer Blog Hop Series: CHALLENGE! This is our third Summer Blog Hop Series, and I want to kick this up a notch. How about it?! Let’s try and follow a story arc. Let’s try and write our way through the whole arc of our connection with disability, and then let’s gather the posts at […]

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  • Micah Graduated! Hear Him Sing!

    [Vertaal] It was a fair day in the Lost Coast as our young graduate walked the stage and received his diploma. Unfortunately, we missed that actual moment in which he was handed his diploma because HIS SISTER decided right before he went on stage that she just HAD to run outside the building and roam […]

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