Halloween Can Be ‘Tricky’

What a bizarre holiday you are, Halloween. 364 days a year we teach our children not to talk to strangers, not to go up to stranger’s homes and never to take candy from a stranger. Yet on this one day a year, all rules are obsolete. Instead we say, “Hey kids! Go ahead and talk to strangers. Go right up to their homes. And why yes, by all means, eat their candy!” For young children and especially children with special needs — it can be quite confusing. Last year the weather was dreadful in Indianapolis. It was sleeting, it was cold and there was no way I was going to make my then 3-year-old and 10 month old endure Trick-or-Treating. This year I really wanted both Lola and...
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Fitting in at CampAbility

Dear Easter Seals CampAbility Staff, From the moment we walked in the classroom, I knew our daughter would be in good hands. Before I could even muster up a “hello”, several of you introduced yourselves and acknowledged Lola. I tried to think of how you would know who she was because you had never met her, but the intake process for attending camp was so extensive that I’m sure you saw her picture. You probably knew her likes, her dislikes, her food preferences, and even her rare genetic condition, NR2F1, along with all its symptoms. I would guess that you knew she had limited speech, a complex visual impairment as well as epilepsy. I’m sure you were educated and prepared to give her the rescue medication if, God...
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Sweet Baby Howell

This follow-up post was supposed to be just that – an immediate follow-up to my last post. But hey…I’m pregnant (29 weeks now) and I’m already a mama to a child who now treats our living room furniture like a darn jungle gym (even gets up on the coffee table with this crazy look of pride) which means no eyes can be taken off of her. Ever. Well I had discussed before about why our family and friends were in Indianapolis to visit…and while the immediate reason was obviously to hang out with the coolest child on the planet, they were also here to help celebrate the soon arrival of Baby Howell. Sweet Baby Howell. The restaurant where I work was graciously donated to us to celebrate my...
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Family Unions Reuniting

This post might be long…in fact, I’m thinking I should break it up into two posts because as requested by my readers, I have pictures. And I mean lots of pictures. Where to start? It’s 6:30 am, I’m 28 weeks pregnant and my brain is in 28 different locations. Bear with me. I think I’ll start with family… On a rainy Sunday morning, I was able to leave work early and as I was getting ready to eagerly head home when I read an email from my mom. Subject Caption : Arrive Early I knew my mom and Steve were in the U.S. (remember they live in Costa Rica) beginning their three week vacation and I knew we were a stop somewhere in between, but I was thrilled...
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Enjoying Summer

A Visit A couple of weekends ago, we had the pleasure of opening up our home to Rob’s mom and her significant other, Greg. Many people ask if I get along with my mother-in-law in and I’m thankful to say that Kathy and I have a pretty special relationship. When you get married, your spouses people become your people too. I lucked out (and I think Rob would say the same…at least he better!) in the in-law department. I was once saddened by the grave reality that many of my own family members had passed and while those I loved can never be replaced, it’s nice to have more people in my life I can proudly call my family. We didn’t plan much for the weekend – –...
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