A Taste of Freedom Once Again

August 26, 2014

Remember when Sarah Kate first experienced freedom? That three-wheeled bike allowed her to ride around the neighborhood, check in with her friends down the street, and just generally be part of regular kid life in a middle-class subdivision. It was a dream realized not just for her, but for me, as well – not an […]

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Sun-Beams: August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014

Some days you’re in a tug-of-war between “it’s all good” and “it’s all falling apart” from minute to minute. The first week of school was like that for us (well, me … the rest of the family is probably “all good”). Between Nathan’s potty fails and Sarah Kate’s mobility woes, on Friday night I crashed and burned. […]

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Seven Snippets: Step Counts, Self-Propelled Wheelchairs, and the Sound of Silence

August 22, 2014

— 1 — Remember the FitBit Sarah Kate got last week? Here are the screenshots of her step count on Sunday, followed by one of her step count on Monday, the first day of school. We have some issues, needless to say. — 2 — If you have any advice on self-propelled wheelchairs, I’m all […]

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First Days, Tween Daughters, and Tori Amos

August 21, 2014

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 […]

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Mayberry Is a Little More Inclusive Today

August 19, 2014

Nine years ago (!!!), I was on the steering committee and Sarah Kate was one of a handful of “poster children” for the fundraising campaign for an accessible playground to be built in Decatur, Alabama. I spoke to a number of local groups about the importance of inclusive play, and she was featured in a few […]

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Sun-Beams: August 17, 2014

August 17, 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. More on the Story of Baby Gammy – This story is incredibly tragic and […]

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Seven Snippets: The End of Summer, Meeting the Teachers, and the Surprising Giveaway Winner

August 15, 2014

— 1 — School starts on Monday and it’s hard to believe, but … I’m getting a raise! Okay, so not really a raise since I don’t work for anyone, but I’m getting what Mr. Andi called a “Time Raise”. Nathan will be in preschool in an inclusive program five days a week, six hours […]

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Insta #MayberryRoadTrip

August 14, 2014

We headed out last Thursday morning with an extensive itinerary. My stretch goal was to be on the road by 7:00 am, putting us in Auburn around 11:00 for lunch with my friend AnnMarie and her daughter Hannah, though my drop-dead pull out time was 8:00 am. We pulled out of the driveway at 7:08, […]

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Seven Snippets: Last Week’s Mystery Man, Ferris Bueller Shows Us #HowtoDad, and My Current Theme Song

August 8, 2014

— 1 — Remember the two handsome young men pictured in this week’s Sun-Beams post? Obviously, the one on the right is Nathan; the one on the left is sweet Alec. Alec’s mom, Christina, has been reading the blog for awhile and deduced that we must live somewhere near the coastal Alabama/Florida panhandle I-10 corridor. She and her […]

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Mayberry Road Trip: The Sequel and a Giveaway!

August 7, 2014

The Endless Summer is almost over. And I don’t mean “Endless Summer” in a good way. Sarah Kate has been home from school since April 2 – over four months! – and the rehab has been going on for over two. We’ve been in potty training hell for … too long. But both kids will be back […]

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