Monthly Archives: April 2007

One step at a time

Avery takes steps, now, when he’s feeling brave. I write about how long we waited for this milestone, and what it taught me about Avery, and myself, in the “Off the Beaten Path” column now up at

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In celebration of friendship

My regular Thursday feature is up at ParentDish. This week, I write about illusions, gratitude, Down syndrome and fake diamonds. To read it, go here.

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Listening to your instincts

Kyra Anderson of has a terrific post up at 100 Hats called, “Saying Yes When Experts Say No.” In it, she writes about the importance of listening to your inner wisdom, that gut instinct a mother knows so well. … Continue reading

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I took a walk today, for the first time in a long while. A landscape that was once all shades of white, is now green. Blades of grass, tips of evergreens, the tiny buds on the Oregon grape. Green shoots … Continue reading

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The beginning of something new

I’ll be writing a regular Thursday feature post for ParentDish, called “A Little More.” My posts will be about Avery and his extra chromosome; they’ll also be about the extra laughter and love all children bring to life. Today, a … Continue reading

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Special needs mama Vicki Forman

has a new column up at Literary Mama called “Bravery and Fear.” In it, she writes about caring for her son Evan: My son hates to have his teeth brushed or his nails trimmed. Each is a struggle that results … Continue reading

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May 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day

For more information on how to participate, go here. And for inspiration, the following is from a post about the significance of Blogging Against Disablism Day, written by one of its creators, Lady Bracknell: We exist in every culture; every … Continue reading

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Quote for the day

This has been going through my mind; it’s one of my favorites, from Mother Teresa: We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

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Rice pudding for a rainy day

1 cup cooked Basmati rice 1 cup milk 1/2 cup cream 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup raisins 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tb. cornstarch In a medium saucepan, blend cornstarch and milk until smooth. … Continue reading

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Giving it all away

I can’t watch the television or listen to the radio right now; the news of the shootings at VT is everywhere and I find it troubling and awfully, terribly sad. So I will tell you about the turkeys. A flock … Continue reading

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Bless You

At our house, a sneeze is met with a chorus of “Bless You”s. It’s a habit, I suppose, one that makes me stop whatever I’m doing and think, yes, bless us all. Lately, Avery has begun to fake-sneeze. After a … Continue reading

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Gifts at 20% Off

Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives, edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper (Woodbine House, 2007), is a collection of personal writing by 63 mothers of children with Down syndrome, with a foreword by Martha Sears, … Continue reading

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Quote for the day

“I see Bennett is wearing underpants on his head.”

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Today is National Siblings Day

And Carter writes: “I love my brothers very much. I have one who’s wild and can run and play wild with me. His name is Bennett. I have one who is cuddly, and good for playing patty-cake and walking and … Continue reading

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GABA receptors and Ginkgo Biloba

The current Riverbend Down Sydrome Parent Support Group newsletter (Feb. 2007) has a recap of information presented at the 9th World Down Syndrome Congress, including a paper by William Mobley of the Stanford University School of Medecine titled,”Exploring the Neurobiological … Continue reading

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