{SQT} Dr. Kelly’s Office Hours

If I’m not writing powerful special needs posts, I’m just sitting back with a glass of wine late on a Thursday offering up bad advice for my Quick Takes. Sorry to be such a one trick (two trick?) pony. This week, Dr. Kelly is back answering the urgent questions of readers who wanted help weeks […]

{SQT}Wedding Registry Regrets, 15 Years Later

Last week, Teddy requested a trip to Ocean City, NJ for his sixth birthday. Since this week Tony and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and the beach is one of our favorite places too, it seemed fitting to run away to the shore for a few days to celebrate both events. FIFTEEN years! We […]

{SQT} Sangria, St. Eustace and Taking Your Requests

It’s been a week. Let’s break it down in seven…. thousand words. Just kidding. Its Quick Takes people. Doing my best to share a superficial view of the latest. 1. Crazy mom’s night out! Tuesday night my friend Michele and I went out to a wine bar I picked primarily because it offered a large […]

{SQT} What To Do When You’re Outnumbered By Tiny Humans

While it seems like a lifetime ago, it wasn’t that far back that I had a three kids, three and under. Then four kids five and under. And six years ago, when Teddy was born, Addie had just turned 8. Things are so different now with no babies in the house it’s almost hard to […]

{SQT} Up Your Spiritual Game With Deliberate Practice

While reading one of the many self-improvement books I frequently indulge in, I came across, once again, the mention of deliberate practice. Since it’s introduction by psychologist and professor Anders Ericsson in 1996, it’s cropped up in numerous books (like Grit)  and articles (see here) ever since. So, not a new concept for me, but […]

{SQT} Long Live The Queen!

I’m writing about the election! No, wait come back! Things aren’t going to get all heated around here, mainly because I have the perfect solution to everyone’s presidential woes. Vote for me! headshot courtesy Rachel Cupps 1. Queen Kelly 2016 Yup, I’m bringing back the monarchy. American style democracy has been nice, but I think […]

{SQT} Radio Shows, Hidden Dessert And Horrible, Uninformed Decisions

Happy Friday! I heart four day weeks! Let’s celebrate with some customary takes. 1. I’m on the radio today, 10 a.m. EST, (Maybe that’s right now! Go listen and come back!) talking about my book ‘A Worthy Reception’ with Allison Gingras of A Seeking Heart radio show on Breadbox Media. Allison’s show is a radio […]

{SQT} Summer is Not Over, We’ve Just Started School

(blink) Hey, it’s September! But thankfully it’s not officially fall for another 20 days. So just step off with your pumpkin spice everything for a few weeks yet please. 1. We made two visits to Shriners hospital in Philadelphia recently. Their specialty is orthopedics so Tony and I took the boys to discuss their back issues. […]

{SQT} How Can We Keep Our Faith When Bad Things Happen To Our Children?

My final post regarding special needs parenting is inspired from a status another SMA parent posted on Facebook a few months ago. This father was very open about his struggles to maintain his faith. He was mentally keeping track of two columns, and the column for tossing aside what little Christian faith he had left, contained the […]