How do you say thank you to someone who has given you your child back? Someone who has taken a nonverbal child and helped them find their voice. There aren’t words for that. My middle son was born six weeks...
By now, unless you are hiding under a cool, shaded rock, you probably already know that April is Autism Awareness Acceptance Month. And you may already know that Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. But...
World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated every year on March 21. But do you know why? Just a little Google searching lead me to a very interesting reason why on this day we celebrate and honor our friends rocking...
When I first met my husband, way back in high school, never, ever, did I once think that we would have a family with multiple special needs children together.  Nor did I think as that young teenager, that I...
The thought of my special needs child getting sick causes me lots of mommy anxiety. I do everything I can to keep germs away from my little one. I even use Lysol on my son’s stroller wheels to keep the...
  I can't tell you how many times I wished parenting came with a handbook or quick tips on how to navigate the hard situations. Special needs parenting comes with a totally different handbook with missing pages, different languages and...
November is my favorite month!! Cooler temperatures, Thanksgiving, prepping for winter holidays and National Adoption Month. Being an adoptive family means a lot to us. We love helping other families celebrate the beauty and miracle of adoption.  Because...
Is this gifted? From the young age of two, my son Luke was quirky. He began to demonstrate some very different (and possibly gifted) behaviors compared to his other toddler buddies. I noticed that he would prefer to play by...
A few short years ago in 2015, my family of five, soon to be six moved from Southern Alabama to the Tampa Bay Area. My three girls are all on the autism spectrum. I was early in my pregnancy,...
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. To some, Down Syndrome can be scary and intimidating, as any disability or challenge can be. However, as Moms, it is important that we support and advocate for each other. As the mother of...

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You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup 

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As days seem to currently mesh together, I have come to determine during these hectic times, you can’t pour from an empty cup. I...

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