Seven Quick Reasons

BOOK EDITS, BOOK EDITS, BOOK EDITS! PLAY PRACTICE, PLAY PRACTICE, PLAY PRACTICE! NO SLEEP! This week’s Seven Quick Takes are being hosted by my friend Jen at Meditatio. Swing on over and link up beginning at 12 a.m. EST. More from me at some later date. Thanks Jen! Read More

{SQT} Being Small Time Famous and The Ripples We Don’t See

Another week, another post about approaching deadlines. Okay, not just deadlines, I’m also writing about a funeral so, good times all around. 1.In order to make sure I’m making progress on my manuscript, I’m back to writing every day, ideally for at least two hours, while the boys are at school. Since that’s a large Read More

{SQT} My Family Tree, Stomach Bug Free, and Kids With Greed

Back this week with some original scented Quick Takes. Almost got the title to rhyme too. 1.Last week my sister discovered after several hours on Ancestery.com that we’re 1/16th Jewish. Russian Jews to be exact. Tony casually wondered if that degree of Jewish-ness was enough to get one killed under the Third Reich, which led Read More

2020 Vision

How is it already time for another New Year’s Resolutions post? I blinked and 2019 was OVER. Time to reflect, choose a new beast, and think about what I want to accomplish this year. Previous years posts: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Last year at this time, we had just closed on our Read More

{SQT} Home Movie Edition

Merry Christmas!!! I can’t believe it’s already been a week since I last promised you some late Quick Takes. But never fear, I’m delivering this week in the form of a video. I wanted to make a better effort to shoot some pictures and videos of our family’s holiday celebrations this year because it’s our Read More

{SQT} I Don’t Even Remember What’s Going On Anymore

Happy Feast of St. Lucy! I hope your day included fresh baked goods, whether from a can that explodes when you open it, or mixed from scratch. Maybe you had a daughter in a crown that served you, or maybe you munched down on St. Lucy cake piecemeal among school, sports, and family commitments like Read More

Tiny Tim and the Blind Boy: Why the Types of Stories We Tell About Disabled People Matter

Earlier this week, a new acquaintance, who’d just learned about my background as a special needs parent and my writing on the subject forwarded me an email message he’d received from a friend. He thought maybe I would want to include it on my blog or in my book. He was right. I do want Read More

{SQT} Thankful

Last week was the grumpy Takes post. This week, I didn’t want to subject y’all to that again even though Teddy developed a stomach bug on Monday and is still sick as of this post. (Thankfully, Fulton had no more symptoms and is still healthy.) But yesterday was Thanksgiving, and Sunday starts the new liturgical Read More

{SQT} Over It

***SIGH*** 1.I know I’m supposed to be a pro with this whole special needs parenting thing, and if you want advice on in-patient hospital stays, I’m your gal! But frankly, I’m just over it right now. Even when you have a routine down and the hospital staff all recognize you, it’s hard. I don’t like Read More

Parenting Advice 17 Years in the Making

I’m just an average parent with five children, but I feel overly qualified to offer you parenting advice. A few friends agreed and asked me their most pressing questions. Here’s what they, and any parent fresh out of boxed wine, should do. I would LOVE advice on how to convince children (7 year old girls Read More

{SQT} Book Deadlines, Paperwork, and Enrichment Activities

The boys were off school this week so my productivity has been in the toilet, or at least it seems that way since now I’ve come to depend on those few quieter hours during the day to achieve anything. Welcome back ‘living in pajamas’! I’ve missed you! 1. When my post went live last Friday, Read More

{SQT} Costumes and a Launch

Happy Feast of All Saints! It’s November and I’m done making costumes- huzzah! (There is the All Saints party at our church this Sunday, but I believe only Teddy is dressing up and recycling a tunic and armor from previous years with Tony’s help- huzzah!) While there are still a lot of capital letters and Read More

My House Is Still A Mess In October

Halloween is less than a week away which means our dining room is littered with bits of cardboard and duct tape. Even though everyone seems to settle on costumes earlier than they used to, I still can’t seem to start assembling anything until the middle of October. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if Read More

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