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

My Moral Dilemma As A Catholic SMA Mom


Most Popular, SMA Posts

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 […]

08/11/2015

{SQT} Seven People Sticking It To SMA


Seven Quick Takes, SMA Posts

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month will permeate Seven Quick Takes this week, not with depressing statistics, but, in keeping with yesterday’s theme, by featuring seven individuals who are giving SMA the middle finger. Instead of laying around and being miserable (as society might expect), they are out kicking a$$ in their respective fields and giving […]

08/07/2015

I’m Guest Posting Across the Internets


SMA Posts

Afternoon readers! Just a heads up that today I’m guest posting at Svellerella about ‘Five Ways Being a Special Needs Mom Has Made Me A Better Person.’  #1 I’ve come to see there’s no such thing as a perfect child, except in that every child is perfect just as they’ve been created. I’ve stopped judging children […]

08/05/2015

The Week of Awesome #MDAcamp


SMA Posts

MDA Camp, how do I love thee, let me count the ways! PHOTO DUMP! All images are from the MDA Philadelphia Facebook page. All campers and volunteers sign waivers to allow their photos to be taken and shared publicly. I invite you to like their page so you can view the rest of the photos from their June […]

06/22/2015