Could This Tiny Packet Change My Daughter’s Life?

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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 […]

Want to Get Healthy?

Y’all. I know I talked about it a little on Friday, but I just couldn’t let it go by without another mention. We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, […]

First Days, Tween Daughters, and Tori Amos

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The little guy was supposed to be the tough one. After four years of having Nathan mostly at home, messing stuff up and making it oh, so difficult to get things done, Nathan started pre-K on Monday. Six hours per day, five days per week. I thought I would be sad or lonely or … something. But each […]

Nathan and the Green “P”

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Several weeks ago, I expressed my frustration to G, Nathan’s speech therapist, about how he chews his shirts, the tails of stuffed animals, and other inappropriate objects around the house. She ducked into the back and reappeared with two pieces of tubing – green and blue – that she had cut off of a roll […]

Basil, Tomatoes, and Cheese – Oh, My!

Honestly, I don’t give a rip about the raised bed garden. Mr. Andi is definitely the one with the green thumb around here. For the first two decades of my life, my mom openly mused that One Day I would grow to care about plants and gardening, like she and my Mimi did. It was in my genes! But after […]

A Zebra Without Stripes? You Bet!

Children’s author Candida Sullivan was born with a rare condition, Amniotic Band Syndrome, which usually causes death in the womb. In Candida’s case, she survived, though not without visible scars on her hands. When she was a little girl, other children stared and teased her, and after awhile she chose to become a bully to deflect […]

Feather Your Nest This Spring!

By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever! You guys know that I rarely pitch products here – I prefer to write about our ordinary/extraordinary lives and squeak by on just enough ad dollars to cover the costs of maintaining the blog. But when this deal […]

A Rite of Passage for Kids: Learning to Cook

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For weeks, Sarah Kate has been asking me to teach her how to make tacos. Mom teaching daughter how to cook is one of those iconic moments, but… tacos? I’ve got a binder full of great recipes and none of them are tacos. Don’t get me wrong – I love me a good taco, but […]

Still Dancing…Because They’re Born to Boogie

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I’ve said it before: the Wii was life-changing for Sarah Kate. As a kid who struggles with balance, anything that would help her improve and not seem like therapy was a technology I wanted. Despite not being a gaming family, we were early adopters of the Wii when it came out years ago. Not all […]

BOOK REVIEW: Just Like Other Daughters (Tearjerker Alert!)

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Three years ago, when Nathan was only seven months old, I watched the HBO premiere of Monica & David, a documentary about a couple with Down syndrome who marry. The film begins on their wedding day and follows the first year of their marriage, viewed from the perspective of both the couple and the family […]