My Life with Ingrid.

There has never been a day that I would change as a mom of a special needs daughter. Not. One. Day. But (I know you’re thinking there shouldn’t be a BUT), when I look into her face and she’s visibly upset it hurts my heart. Often times there are things we think nothing of such…

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The Mama Chronicles: A Pharmaceutical Generation

For many years I’ve been concerned with what I’ll allow inside (or on) my body. I conducted my own research to see what exactly was involved in the making of medicines and vaccines. Upon leaving my job in healthcare, where a handful of injections were mandatory, I promised myself that I would never be “mandated”…

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Bursting with pride.

Our son has been struggling this school year. Understandably, he has encountered many changes at home and academically, yet his determination and perseverance astound me. You see, Brixton struggles with reading intensely. He doesn’t enjoy it, therefore, he doesn’t put forth a great effort. As his mom, and a writer, this is agony to me.…

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Living and Thriving in Peace.

A few years ago, I made an immediate decision that I was unprepared for, and quite frankly, unsure of. I spoke of something I had no knowledge of, but was sure of deep within my heart. On the day our daughter was born we were told, in an abrupt manner, that she has Down Syndrome.…

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The Year of Discovery and Exploration.

Everyone is talking about their word for 2020. I started to wonder what my word would be.. In talking to my kids (because they’re my sounding board), I realized that we have two words for this new horizon: Discover & Explore. I won’t narrow these words to become strictly dictionary versions of what they could…

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Down Syndrome.

On the day Ingrid was born we began a life long journey of education. Before this we knew nothing of down syndrome or anyone who was blessed with it. To say we were thrown into a new life would be an understatement. From the beginning we made a very conscious effort to treat her the…

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The Generation of Peace.

This morning while preparing for school, my son stated that he no longer wants to go to school.  I’m certain this is normal behavior for most children, yet not this kid.  He loves school, so this was a concerning revelation from him. You’ve heard me speak of my kids often, so you may remember hearing…

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The Mama Chronicles: Rest and Recoup.

As a mom and entrepreneur its very easy to get caught up in the happenings of life, family and business.  We tend to forget the importance of rest.  For some of us, an afternoon will suffice, yet for others a week or more feels more necessary.  The key is to allow yourself the opportunity to…

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The Mama Chronicles: stumble.

I won’t lie.. today has been tough. Last night was a challenge. For that matter, I’ve needed a manual just to understand the past two weeks. Being the parent of a special needs child is amazing. Also, it’s hard. Some days are unexplainable, while others are so typical it’s scary. Since returning from Europe, we’ve…

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Relax mama..

Laundry piles that never made it to their destination, dishes needing washed, and kids to taxi. You’re not alone. We’re all in the same place. Just breathe. Relax, mama. Remember that there’s more to you than laundry and household chores. You’re filled with dreams. Ones that keep creeping their way into your vision. You’re filled…

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Pressure.

As humans, we tend to overload ourselves with unbearable amounts of pressure.  Why?  Do we seek validation to such an extreme that we value the opinion of others more than our own sanity?  Sound harsh, maybe.  But its the truth.  If we cared less of what the outside world thinks of our progress and more…

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The Mama Chronicles: mom guilt

Take #2. I began writing a post earlier and the more I wrote, the less authentic it felt. So, I walked away for a bit and decided that without doing it right, I wasn’t being honest with myself. One short week ago, I was living my dream. I was sipping wine at a cafe in…

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The Mama Chronicles: Being Mom.

Being a mom is the job of a lifetime.  It requires more sacrifice and dedication than anything you’ve ever done before.  Late night, early mornings, or both all lead up to this.. You are a mom. Sleep deprivation and a constant need for something turn us into coffee hoarding, baggy eyed zombies for the first…

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The Mama Chronicles: DS, the proud and the scared.

I title this post DS, yet I think it’s relatable to any parent. We have our kids. Beautiful, silly, quirky, unique, brilliant little humans that suck joy from us as much as they produce it. I say that lightly, but you all know what I mean.. the good days and the bad. Sometimes it’s all…

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The Mama Chronicles: she’s overwhelmed.

A few weeks ago Ingrid started back to school. We knew this year was going to be full of challenges, ones she’s never faced before. And to be quite honest, I was petrified at how things would work. Luckily, she was in a school she’s familiar with, with staff she’s comfortable spending time with, and…

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