I Am Not Exceptional, And So Can You


SMA Posts

This didn’t start out as a special needs blog. In fact, I still don’t think of it that way, though lately it’s been a running theme. But a few years back, I decided to open up more about that aspect of our family’s life. I thought by sharing a bit more on the blog, I […]

10/17/2016

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


Catholic, Parenting, Seven Quick Takes, SMA Posts

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 […]

08/26/2016

{SQT} What To Do When Your Child Won’t Stop Staring At A Person In A Wheelchair


Parenting, Seven Quick Takes, SMA Posts

It happened every time I took my family out in public; stares, open mouths, finger pointing, awkward conversations and personal questions. And then my fourth, and soon fifth, children added their wheelchairs to the large family traveling circus and things got even worse. I’m hardly an expert in how to properly act around handicap people, […]

08/05/2016

Fulton’s First Holy Communion


Catholic, SMA Posts

Saturday morning, we all woke up early and I think the excitement was contagious.   A photo posted by Kelly Mantoan (@kellymantoan) on Apr 30, 2016 at 5:50am PDT Like many second graders this spring, Fulton Ambrose received his First Holy Communion at a morning Mass surrounded by a packed sanctuary of friends and family. […]

05/02/2016