Seven Snippets: Sarah Kate Auditions for Glee, I Reveal My “10 Books” and Real Rainbows I’ll Never Forget

September 12, 2014

— 1 — Sarah Kate auditioned this week for Sound Waves, her school’s glee club, and she made it! I think the criteria for selection were lack of fear of singing in front of other people and a reasonable ability to carry a tune, but hey … she not only met, but exceeded (in my opinion!) them. Seriously. […]

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Sarah Kate Takes Over the Blog!

September 11, 2014

Hey everyone, this is Sarah Kate. I’ll be writing the blog today and if you have any questions about Miracle Marathon, today’s the day to ask. First of all, the Miracle Marathon raises money to help benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, for example, Children’s Hospital in Birmingham or Gillette Children’s in Minnesota. I had two […]

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Is Comparison the Thief of Your Joy?

September 9, 2014

Be honest. Recently, I was at the gym. Mayberry is an active community with a lot of retirees, so on weekdays I see a lot of them on the treadmills with a few moms like me sprinkled in. At 44, I’m no spring chicken, of course, but I’ve been a runner for a number of years […]

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Sun-Beams: September 7, 2014

September 7, 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. The Truth About Down Syndrome – A response to the loathsome Richard Dawkins People […]

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Three Snippets of Nathan’s Mischief, Plus Four Others

September 5, 2014

— 1 — So … my off-the-grid scrapbooking weekend didn’t turn out the way I hoped. My back seized up on me, which made sitting for long periods difficult, AND I got sick with some sort of respiratory bug. However … Auburn won and I got to listen to the game on my tiny speaker, […]

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Saying Goodbye to Mama J

September 4, 2014

Almost four decades ago, my dad met and married a wonderful lady named Betty, and when he did I gained a whole new branch to my family tree – a new sister, new aunts, uncles, and cousins, and another set of grandparents. My new grandparents were never Lora and Ormond Johnston to me – they were […]

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A Magic Moment for Sarah Kate

September 2, 2014

It’s no secret that it’s been a rough summer. Sarah Kate has handled everything like a trooper, but there’s only some sunshine you can muster when you’re an eleven year old girl cooped up at home being nagged by your mom into doing 45 minutes of exercises three times a day for weeks on end. […]

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Seven Snippets: Off the Grid, a Fire Truck Bed, and The Great Loaded Potato Crisis of 2014

August 29, 2014

— 1 — I talked in general about 504 plans yesterday, but without many specifics. Sarah Kate’s 504 meeting was Wednesday, which, yes, is pretty quick for the beginning of the school year, but the start of school was a shock to everyone’s system and Nurse Heather pressed to get things set up quickly. In short, the meeting […]

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Let’s Chat About the 504 and the IEP

August 28, 2014

Ah, yes, it’s that time again. The start of the school year, you mean? Well, yes, but it’s also the dreaded season of IEP 1 and 504 2 meetings. Nathan has the first, and Sarah Kate has had both (she has a 504 plan at the moment), so I’ve done both in years past – and […]

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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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