{SQT} A Treatment Has Arrived

Lots of excitement this week, plus I saw my shadow getting out of bed this morning so I declare winter over. My shadow, my rules. Moving on to some quick ones. 1. I sent my oldest two on a bus to Washington, DC last Friday for the annual March for Life. The rest of us […]

I Am Not Exceptional, And So Can You

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 […]

{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 […]

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

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, […]

{SQT} I’m a Special Needs Mom, and This is How I Pray

I know I said I’d be writing about this stuff in August, but, this was a slow week and when inspiration strikes, you gotta go with it. When I get emails from other special needs parents they often mention how alone they feel. Many times, I’m the only other person they know raising a child […]

Fulton’s First Holy Communion

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. […]

{SQT} One Stop Shopping for SMA Awareness

Thanks to all the readers, new and old, who have stopped by over the last couple weeks to check out my posts about Spinal Muscular Atrophy and how it affects our family. I asked Facebook if there were any additional questions I should answer and I got one I wasn’t sure how to answer and […]

The Hard Work of Choosing Joy; A Practical Guide

To everyone who has emailed, commented or messaged me regarding the last three posts, I promise to get back to you. Thank you for so many kind and thoughtful words. Each of you deserves a personal response and I’m slowly working through my inbox.  Despite feeling like I’d written everything I had to say about […]

My Moral Dilemma As A Catholic SMA Mom

Living life as a devout Catholic, one who feels that everything the Church teaches applies to your everyday life, is hard. At best, we are misunderstood, our decisions considered backward or misguided. At worst, the world can be unaccepting and hostile towards those who choose to make sacrifices and hard decisions based on matters of […]