Sun-Beams is a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, or encourage you, as well as my favorite photo posted on my other blog, Violet Film, from the past week.

What People Can’t Tell About Kids With Down Syndrome From Looks Alone – Great stuff here, and I don’t just say that because my kid is featured in the article. :)

Petitioning for a Princess – I love Disney, and I have no problem with princesses, but I’m with Courtney on this one.

How a Magazine Article Convinced a Former Ballet Dancer to Teach People With Down Syndrome – A neat story about someone who found her life’s calling

Does Study of Down Syndrome Hold a Possible Cancer Cure? – We already know there are studies about the link between T21 and Alzheimer’s, and now this. Yet, if people like Richard Dawkins had their way, there would be no one with Down syndrome left to study.

Football player with cerebral palsy earns starting role – I’m not a fan of some of the overly dramatic wording used in this story, but I do like the story!

Photo of the Week:

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I’ve got a list of snippets for you, but I was hit hard this week by the stomach flu, and … I just didn’t have the strength to finish typing them up. I’ll hold the details on Sarah Kate’s new braces, a video of Nathan the first night he got his fire truck loft bed, the results from Miracle Marathon, and a few others until next week.

In the meantime, head over to Jen’s place for hers and some other people’s random posts of seven.

Have a great weekend!

This post was inspired by and is linked to Conversion Diary‘s 7 Quick Takes.

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Yep, He Really Did It: The Fire Truck Loft Bed

October 16, 2014

Remember a couple of months ago when we dreamed of building a fire truck loft bed for Nathan? Back then I said: Mr. Andi is 100% sure he can build it, but I’m only 60% certain he can do it, so I calculate the odds of us attempting it at 80%…..Stay tuned. Well, the bed is (mostly) finished so I […]

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Could This Tiny Packet Change My Daughter’s Life?

October 14, 2014

Strictly speaking: No, because it’s a sample. But packets like it – filled with real blood, not just a demo fluid made to look like it – do have the power to positively impact children with cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes, and other health conditions that have no cure and few treatment options. My recent trip […]

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Sun-Beams: October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014

Sun-Beams is a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, or encourage you, as well as my favorite photo posted on my other blog, Violet Film, from the past week. Disabled Army vet Noah Galloway turns heads on cover of Men’s Health – Overcoming not […]

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Seven Snippets: Adorable Sushi Dates, Progress on the Fire Truck Bed, and the Southern Elaine Benes

October 10, 2014

— 1 — This story about Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and his new friend Ann may be the cutest thing I have seen all year. It’s almost six minutes long, but worth every second. You can read more about the story here and here. — 2 — The kids and I went to the county band […]

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There’s No Village for Special Needs

October 9, 2014

I’ve noticed a lot of people these days lamenting the loss of the “village” in parenting. In the past, women banded together to help each other; the newbies had built-in mentors to lean on for help or advice. But today, extended families are scattered, so mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts are no longer readily available to […]

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Nathan’s First Fun Run

October 7, 2014

You saw the picture on Sunday. Nathan looked “all grown up” – ready to attempt his first 1-mile fun run. He was looking at the camera, smiling broadly, as if to say, “I got this.” The reality? Not quite as smooth as you might expect. It was a last-minute decision to put him in the race. […]

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Sun-Beams: October 5, 2014

October 5, 2014

Sun-Beams is a collection of links to stories, articles, photos, or videos I have come across that I believe will inspire, inform, or encourage you, as well as my favorite photo posted on my other blog, Violet Film, from the past week. 4-year-old boy with Down syndrome denied birthday party at gymnastics studio – The story (told […]

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Seven Snippets: Joyful Defiance, Meal Planning, and the Un-pampered Chef

October 3, 2014

— 1 — No doubt it: Nathan is a stickler for his routine. We’ve noticed him being a little … quirky … about wanting things done certain ways, but it was always pretty mild and somewhat charming. Now that he’s going to the same school five days per week (and therefore has the same daily routine), […]

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