Monthly Archives: December 2008

Can’t Go There? Can’t Get In?

December has been my month of inaccessibility. Throughout my 12 years with Ashley and her wheelchair, we have often gone places that were not accessible. When Ashley was small, it wasn’t a huge issue – I could just pick her up and carry her over a curb or up a few steps. That is impossible…

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How Prepared Are YOU?

In the case of an emergency how prepared would you be? Did you know that upwards of 15 states have had a significant portion of their population lose power for a day, and in many cases, more? Much more. How about those who have had to grab their bug out bags and flee fires and…

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Special Exposure Wednesday – Christmas Day Blur.

  Our first Christmas at home in three years went in blur of good food, good times, family and fun. Ivy and Noah taking a spin on their Wheely Bugs at… oh, about 5am on Christmas morning. Got some special times to share? Join in the fun at  Special Exposure Wednesday? Please remember your comment…

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The Good Stuff

Presents, food and decorations are all good stuff, how can you not be happy about those things?  We ARE talking about Honey Baked Ham, ya’ll and that’s reason enough to get in the spirit. I do enjoy all those things and never fail to be thankful for them. But you know what really rocked this…

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Try This Tuesday #24: 1-2-3 Magic

Over the years, I have become quite disenchanted by typical parenting and child discipline books. A lot of this had to do with the process of learning where my son was developmentally and how to communicate clearly with him so that he would understand what was going on around him and his part in it….

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Chocolate Meringue Cookies

These cookies are unbelievably light and fluffy. Feel free to make these without the cocoa powder; my kids love chocolate, so I usually make the chocolate variety, but the plain ones are just as good. Please note that these cookies, while they don’t have many ingredients, take a long time to make. After baking them,…

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Finding Normal – An Interview With Debbie

Do you have trouble defining what “normal” means for your family? Do you even feel like you have a “normal” family? Debbie, the subject of today’s interview, is working on that very subject herself! Tell me a little about yourself and your family. Shawn and I have been married for 11 years. Noah is almost…

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Autism Night Before Christmas (A Poem)

This poem was sent out earlier this week via AutismLink and was written by Cindy Waeltermann, who is the founder of that organization. I loved it so much that I asked her for permission to reprint it on my blog, which she granted. In rereading the poem, it touched me even more and I wanted…

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The First Christmas.

Her eyes are bright and filled with the twinkle of a thousand tiny lights. She drinks in her surroundings. The crowd seems to breathe in collective unison. The scene is beautiful, the gardens awash with colour, the carols pipe through the air. The night  is perfect. It’s not hot anymore and a gentle breeze kisses our…

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What Do You Think?

I’m a recent convert to the world of Facebook. For years, I’ve avoided social networking sites, but when a friend introduced me to Facebook, I started to find real value in it. And, unlike MySpace, it doesn’t seem filled with hormone-ravaged teenagers, but rather, adults – families – professionals. I’m able to keep in touch…

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