"-ista" | a little addition that can be found sitting pretty at the end of certain words that holds an interesting power. Without going into its Latin roots, it has been known to step up the game. Taking a...
We had just settled into the first few weeks of school for my older son, who is in Kindergarten.  I was starting to feel like things were calming down with that transition.  During a casual conversation, a family member...
Eight years ago, on an August weekday, my husband and I sat on the floor in our empty, new-to-us living room right after we closed on our house. We dreamt about what could happen in this house, our home....
My top hashtags for my Instagram page are #lifewithdownsyndrome and #theluckyfew. My 4-year-old son Ronin was born with Down syndrome and it was a whirlwind with his birth diagnosis. I wasn't really sure what life would be like with...
I have always been a shy person growing up and am an introvert for sure. Getting older and becoming more confident in myself, I have been able to push myself out of my comfort zone in most settings and...
I feel like I've been dropping all.the.things lately. And then quickly realized oh yes, yes, I have! Because my son turned 3 1/2. Thank God he's about to be 4 is all I can say.  Everyone warned me about the terrible...

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As I’ve attempted to navigate the path of motherhood I have found myself questioning just how it is my mother did all she did for myself and my three older brothers with such composure and restraint. Most every single day...
Maybe this will date me, but growing up, if I ever got money as a gift, my parents would save it. They would then use that savings to buy me savings bonds. These were to be cashed in when...
Once again, it’s time to let go. It’s time to let you go out into the world that, for someone like you, can be a very uncertain and even scary place. I used to be afraid of this day...
Whether or not children choose to be theatre artists, theatre arts education not only engages with their creative side but it also provides them with a foundation and important skills that they can use in all aspects of their...
I don't like making decisions. I'm one of those people who hem and haws over big decisions, driving others slightly crazy with my incessant debate. Simply put: I'm scared of making the wrong decision. As a mom, this fear...
We all know parenting is a full-time job. I'm not trying to fight this. I accept the challenges of raising my small, screamy human – along with the challenges of maintaining my household, nurturing my marriage, advancing my career, keeping...
I keep a lot of numbers in my head. One is the number of pink lines I was expecting. I was ready for that disappointment. But first one and then another appeared as I watched the white stick on the...
I will be the first to admit that I do not care for sticky, messy, dirty, or slimy things. My mom tells the story of when I was a little kid in ECFE and I would stand at a...

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When my daughter was 4 and in school (the Before Times, guys. You know what I mean, before we had a global pandemic shut...