in vain pursuit

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I'm sitting at my dining room table, the crumbs of another take out dinner close by and the to-do list a mile long. I am very aware of these things. Instead, I breath deep and choose the semi-quiet of an unexpected moment. The cicadas sing outside and I have the heaviness of summers remembered settle down on my shoulders. I remember the first time it happened as a young adult.   I … [Read more...]

Engage Disability: 99 Balloons

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I got to spend the day with some amazing people. Have you ever had a moment where you exclaimed, "I wish I could have been a fly on the wall!" Well today was that for me. I attended the 99 Balloons Engage Disability conference today in Fayetteville and was simply blown away by the passion and enthusiasm of these people. At one point (ok, like most of the day)  I was choking back tears to be in … [Read more...]

Parenting Fail: School Programs

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The other day I had a friend who manages social media ask me if I had a quick story of a parenting fail that I wanted to share on her work account. Coincidently, the previous night I had had a fail... My mom often tells me that my family is a bit chaotic. I mean, perhaps sometimes I get her point but I actually like stability and predictability. I also happened to marry someone that is the … [Read more...]

Sibling Love {Happy Valentine’s Day!}

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He's 4, my mighty one. and already he carries too heavy of a burden as a special needs sibling.  He's perceptive and reads situations and emotions better than most adults.  He loves his brother and already has taken on the emotional weight of being a helper and protector. Don't misunderstand. He is so very normal too.  He loves, laughs, fights (way too much...) and yells at his brother … [Read more...]