How To Buy Gifts For Special Needs Children (+ A Gift Guide)

It’s the time of year when bloggers start gathering all their affiliate links together for epic gift guide posts! You’re guaranteed ideas for parents, children, teens, grandparents and your hair dresser’s dog! You can support small, local, handmade businesses or your favorite international sweat shop! The options are endless!!!! I’d be a fool not to Read More

An Honest Real Estate Ad

For rent: 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, asking (a reasonable sum of money considering we live in NJ) per month Cute bungalow with dark hardwoods through out; great for hiding dark pet fur, and your brunette husband’s beard trimmings. Squeaky floors will deter late night trips to the fridge and promptly wake your sleeping babes for Read More

Happy Feast of All Souls

No Takes this week! Go visit a cemetery and pray for some loved ones instead! Read More

This Old House (With Cute Pictures)

Ten years ago, Tony and I signed on the dotted line and took possession of the house that would finally be our home after a long and frustrating search. We thought we’d found the one. I tried to keep my ginormous pregnant body comfortable through the mountain of paperwork, thankful I hadn’t gone into labor Read More

{SQT} Book Deets, Newsletter Fanatic, And Another Use For All That Cardboard In The Basement

I know I said I’d save updates for my newsletter, but I figured these were important for everyone. Please read with the appropriate level of enthusiasm. 1. My book, tentatively titled ‘Finding Joy in Difficult Circumstances: Equipping Parents of Children with Special Needs’, is being published by Our Sunday Visitor! They accepted my proposal, contracts Read More

Why You Should Start A Special Needs Blog

More than six years ago I started what I though would be a humor / homeschooling / Catholic parenting blog. I didn’t share many photos of myself or my kids in those early months, not wanting to let the obvious fact that two of my sons were physically disabled dominate content or conversation. Sure, we Read More

The Grace of Enough

How about a book review in Seven Quick Takes? (Oh yeah, you know there’s an affiliate link!)   Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas is one of my online besties. When I learned she was writing a book about her family’s experiences downsizing and simplifying I was all: via GIPHY While my family’s experiences are different, Read More

Calling All Followers! Big News!

Yesterday I made a big announcement – I signed a book deal with a Catholic publisher! I’ll share more details soon, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Originally, I shard a picture on Instagram, then tried to share on Facebook, but something wasn’t working. It was a reminder of why relying on social media Read More

Big Birthdays for Us Both

I turned 40 this past week! And Addie turned 16 : SIXTEEN!!! Time for introspection!! (Like I need an excuse to get nostalgic and ramble.) Thirty years ago I turned 10 and lived next door to my grandparents with my mom, dad and younger sister. I was in fifth grade and I enjoyed dance lessons, Read More

{SQT} The Comforts of Home

We’re home! This week’s Takes are coming to you from the comfort of my favorite couch. 1. Fulton had some lingering GI issues, but we were discharged on Monday, GI issues being something we’re used to dealing with at home anyway. The strong pain medicines came with us, but everyday Fulton has needed a little Read More

{SQT} Fulton’s Spinal Fusion or My Boy’s Bionic Back

Thank you everyone for surrounding Fulton, and our family, in prayer this last week. If you haven’t been following along on social media (Pictures are all on IG.), let me bring you up to speed, and if you have, let me fill in the details for the last couple days. Saturday – I took Fulton Read More

{SQT} Teddy Is Not Happy And How To Get Rid Of Old Artwork

We are less than FIVE DAYS from Fulton’s spinal fusion surgery at Shriner’s in Philly. How have I been passing the time…when I’m not imaging worst case scenarios???? 1. We moved Teddy’s bed out of the downstairs bedroom. The idea was to have Teddy sleep upstairs in Byron’s room. That worked for about three nights Read More

{SQT} Piano, Party, And School Prep Without Pep

Well, I had three potential topics for this week, NONE of which panned out the way I expected. All were going to be very exciting and WOW inducing and I’m feeling a bit of, “Why can I not get my life together since I’m almost forty?” Not having control over several big projects in my Read More

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