Monthly Archives: January 2010

May You Have a Heavenly Day

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Anyone need a potty break?

Over at Hopeful Parents today you can take as long as you want. Tweet This Post

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I heart my readers

A little light reading at bed time. Walking in to tuck Riley in for the night, I got a little verklempt at this sight. I mean, the kindness of the readers of this blog! *M* is mom to a child with … Continue reading

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Claire Danes as Temple Grandin

“Her gift to the world was being different.” I can’t wait to see this. Tweet This Post

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When Animals Talk Jane Goodall

Every week we take out a bunch of educational videos from the library. Riley can pick anything that interests her. Once or twice a week, we snuggle together on the couch and watch one. Today we watched When Animals Talk featuring Dr. Jane Goodall. … Continue reading

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Riley + Dad = Whiz

Yesterday, we picked Seth up at school, on our way to the next activity. In the car, Riley and Seth chitter-chattered about their respective days. I’ve learned not to ask. I get a lot more info just listening. Seth talked about what went on in the lunch room. Riley … Continue reading

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Special Sibs

This is Seth, forcing Riley to smile. She’d been fussing, so he moved right in and did this, making her laugh. The pic was slightly out of focus, so I was playing around with it, and I liked how the solarizing made her … Continue reading

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Let there be spaces in your togetherness…

I come down from my attic office to help put the kids to bed. Afterward, I ask, “Would you be crushed if I went back upstairs?”   He replies, “Would you be crushed if I weren’t crushed?” “No.” “Then, off you go!” … Continue reading

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Wink! Wink!

Riley has been having a ball drawing with this cartoon craft kit. I would highly recommend it, but only if you want to keep your kid busy for hours. It was a gift from my dear friend Clarissa, for Seth actually, but luckily … Continue reading

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A Better Week

Riley and I went to the Great Lakes Science Center yesterday. We promised her weekly field trips and she’s holding us to it! It was wonderful to see her so relaxed, yet utterly engaged. She practically skipped from one hands-on … Continue reading

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Go see the video

on Carrie’s blog. Sorry for being so bossy, but it’s really good. Tweet This Post

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The Baby-sitter’s Here – Dar Williams

Every other Sunday when Todd has to work, our baby-sitter comes to watch the kids so I can go to chorus. She’s a darling high school girl who lives on our street. She can redirect Riley and have her calm quicker … Continue reading

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No Words

One of the members of the 4 Paws family died over the weekend. A little girl named Hannah. She received her dog Koolio last year, and he was with her until the very end. Please send love and prayers to … Continue reading

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He Had a Dream

Riley’s Circle of Friends, Oct. 2009 Tweet This Post

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

When Courtney recommended I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I avoided it for a few months. I knew nothing of the book, but didn’t like the title. It sounded corny. Oh Courtney, how could I have … Continue reading

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Secret Instructions

We had a better day today. Todd sent me to my room, and didn’t allow me to come down until he was headed to work at 12:30. He did “school” today. Riley had a wonderful playdate this afternoon at our house with … Continue reading

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Cradle and All. An inside look at postpartum depression

For anyone who has ever suffered postpartum depression, Lisa Romeo’s powerful essay in Sweet: A Literary Confection is a must read.  Honest and brave, beautifully written and ultimately hopeful.    Lisa is the kind of writer, where you’re surfing along, you click … Continue reading

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90 minutes to play the role of loving mommy before I can put them to bed

Contrast=The difference between who I am being in the moment, and who I want to be.  So we’d been waiting for this clay class. It’s at a local art studio, and the Thursday afternoon class is just for homeschoolers. There are … Continue reading

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Windsong Concert Coming Up

Windsong is having its winter concert on January 24th! Yes, I’ll be singing my little heart out, attempting to hold my own with this group of very talented women. For the last two concerts I have been asked to write the descriptions for the … Continue reading

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Feel the Love

This is the face of a little girl who has just had a massage with essential oils. A real massage, in a spa, by a massage therapist who understands kids with special needs, because she is mom to one. Look at the love … Continue reading

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