Monthly Archives: March 2008

“It’s real!”

Molly, our wonderful speech therapist (I write about her in Chapter 12), sent me an email titled, “It’s real!” after seeing my book on a bookshelf in Waldenbooks.  (I still haven’t seen the book yet, which to me is both funny … Continue reading

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A letter to myself

It’s a mamazine day!  I’ve been thinking, lately, about Avery’s walking, and how I mostly take it for granted now.  I don’t mean to do that.  I want to live with gratitude, and I think one of the first steps is … Continue reading

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Next week!

It’s almost here…my book’s release date.  Even as I write this, people are reading Road Map to Holland (Hi Kyra!  Hi Michelle!) in preparation for next week’s book blog tour, hosted by MotherTalk.  I’ve never done a book blog tour, … Continue reading

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A new thing

There’s a lot of potty-talk and bathroom humor in this week’s column at ParentDish; but with 3 little boys, what did I expect?

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Coconut Cream Pie

I won a pie recipe contest!  Which means I have an award-winning pie recipe!  (Forgive me!  All the exclamation points!  I never win anything!)  Thanks go to killashandra at Fulltime in NM for all the excitement, which now inspires me … Continue reading

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A poem

Peeling Wallpaper Here, the hot pink flowers, shocking and obvious, Look at us! Taking your eyes from the solid cast-iron tub, or the lilacs just out the window. Beneath, geometric blobs like plankton, or amoebae, making me doubt myself, only there’s … Continue reading

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A wonderful story about faith and hard work

I have a writer-friend who, over the course of a year (or thereabouts) regularly and consistently brought herself to the library, sat down with her laptop at a desk (and some treats, Twizzlers I think?) and wrote down the story of … Continue reading

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

It’s 3-21, and in honor of the 3rd chromosome at the 21st pair, I was going to share with you some of the many friends we’ve made around the world:  like here and here and here and here. But instead, … Continue reading

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Did I really just say that?

Here’s a big web of Inter-web webbiness:  a link to today’s ParentDish column, which links to the mamazine.com interview I did with Sheri.  Lots of linky goodness!  But I’m grateful for the chance to write more about therapies, play dates … Continue reading

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More news from the frontier

Leaning against the fence that surrounds the yard are two battered and worn pitch forks, and a rusty green wheelbarrow that squeaks when you push it.  I’ve been using the forks and the barrow to pick up the rounds of … Continue reading

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Amy Anderson and Sheri Reed

are the co-founders and editors of mamazine.com (in addition to being mamas and teachers and writers and bloggers too).  Back when I first began exploring online writing, theirs was one of the first sites I loved.  I remember sending an email, … Continue reading

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Living with wind

It’s a blustery day here in the Hundred Acre Woods, which has gotten me thinking about wind, and my children, and being their mother.  I write about it this week at ParentDish.

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Kelly’s Upside Down Ball

On March 21st, World Down Syndrome day, Robbin Lyons will be donating her hair to Locks of Love in honor of her daughter Kelly, a 5-year-old with Down syndrome who survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). You can help decide: Will Robbin shave it or … Continue reading

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Arugula pesto

Our little grocery store had organic baby arugula specially marked all the way down to 50 cents a package (such a good deal!):  I think because no one knew what to do with it.  But I know what to do!  … Continue reading

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My own private applesauce

Does anyone remember the song with the lyrics, “Mama said there’d be days like this…”?  I write about such a day–slow-moving and full of challenges, but also opportunity–this week at ParentDish.

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