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The one girl reporting on the life of all my guys. (Even the dog is male.)
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I've seen a meme on Facebook about special needs kids not being weird or odd… Share if you agree! And I'm all like, are you kidding me? My Toby is SO weird. So lovably, awesomely weird. The message I want the world to get is NOT: My kid's not weird. The message I want the world to get is: Embrace weird. Expand the boundaries of how things are often done, to make more room for weird. This is why it's important to me to talk, talk, talk about Fragile X. I've been reading the book, Same Lake Different Boat by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at groundspeed
When blogging action still happens it's going to be at my author site: Stop in! Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at groundspeed
I have stopped and started a post about where I stand with my current, completed manuscripts, but… I have been teetering at the edge of good news for months, so I wait, mentally wavering between pessimism and optimism, not knowing what I should say. I'm continuing to keep all the... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at On The Page
Query: Dear Writer's Voice Selection Team, The devil has come to Devil Springs. Except he hasn't. Not at all. But try and tell that to Mayor Avis Kneller. This is not the senior year Mesa Merritt pictured. She’s already suffered through her grandmother Avis’s restrictive dress code and no boy... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at On The Page
This was a rough week. Not for me personally. Not for our family. Not for the Fragile X community (as well as the rest of the special needs community) while it celebrated the ABLE Act passing in congress. But for the friends and family of Eric Garner, when the grand jury reached its decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, it became a very rough week. For the friends and family of Tamir Rice who are preparing for their trial - a rough week. For Ferguson... rough week after rough week after rough week. It's Christmas. We're supposed to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at groundspeed
I have no idea what this Liebster Award thing really is or how it got started. The word "liebster" reminds me of the German word "liebchen" which is a term of endearment literally meaning "my little love." So in my mind, it's a blog hop meant to show the love... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at On The Page
Author Lisa Dunn and I knew each other in elementary school and reconnected over social media. It didn't take but a few personal messages before we realized we had writing in common and were swapping pages of our projects. I had the privilege of seeing the first page of Grit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at On The Page
I've "met" some of the most supportive-of-other-writers people I could ever hope to come in contact with through Twitter. One such champion of writers is Michelle Hauk. She helps host online contests such as Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street. Now she's put together a super fun blog hop.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at On The Page
Me: "I did what you asked and called the insurance company today." Kevin: "You did?" He doesn't bother to mask the shock in his voice. It's founded, his surprise. Because A. I did what he asked and B. I made a phone call. On purpose. (If my 12-20 year old self knew how much I hated talking on the phone these days she would be shocked. Floored. She'd disown me.) Me: "Yup. I called. And then he couldn't hear me, so I hung up." Kevin: "Did you call back?" Me: "No." Kevin: "Are you going to call back?" Me: "Sure.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at groundspeed
On the Tuesday before the Saturday Kevin is to return from his month in Africa my sea salt grinder came apart in my hands right over the Greek pasta salad I’d just finished. This mechanical failure sent giant salt crystals pouring down on dinner rendering it inedible. We ate hummus, crackers, and apple slices instead. This mama was over it. The kids and I Facetimed Kevin multiple times a week. Not a day went by where Kevin and I didn’t at least have a text exchange. We had other ways to feel close to what he was doing like keeping... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at groundspeed
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is a popular Newberry Honor Book that was made into a movie in 2005. There are already a lot of resources available online. The closest thing I found to meeting my needs for chapter by chapter review questions (without accountability my ten-year-old just doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at On The Page
My interest in reading Christian Non-fiction goes up and down. In recent years I’ve been happy to be considered on the Anne Voskamp band wagon. Count all the gifts! Other times I’ve read the occasional Much Discussed devotional or New Way to Do Ministry type book but didn’t finish because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at On The Page
July is Fragile X Awareness Month so I've been sporadically facebook sharing and tweeting and instagramming various fragile X facts. Mostly statistics. Mostly not personal. But today, July 22nd, is Fragile X Awareness DAY and I guess I should up the ante or something like that. Since Toby, our guy with fragile X, is five... Five Ways Fragile X Affects Us 1. Quirky Conversations Kevin and Kaden have been out of town, (They get home today!) so we remaining three have been playing musical beds a little bit. A few mornings ago, after a night Toby had slept in my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at groundspeed
There is much crap (literally, figuratively) that must be accepted with fatherhood. And then there are the moments when all you're asked to accept is a a lick from the littlest one's popsicle. In all the moments (and our team gives us doozies), Kevin is such a good dad. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at groundspeed
You say your goodbyes to preschool and you make your plans for kindergarten. You watch the first wobbles of tiny white baby teeth. You tear up when you see old videos and hear the bird-like baby caws of his vocal play because you remember those sounds, they still echo in your memory fresh and full. They are not the sounds of five years gone. You tear up when you realize one morning that the first tooth has disappeared, possibly swallowed in the night. You still have a boy who cries for kisses on his boo-boos. You still have a boy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at groundspeed
Today is the last full day of school for my kiddos (Three early release days next week because... I have no idea why.) but I've already been thinking about their summer reading lists for some time. Their school has book lists by age on their website as well as guidelines... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at On The Page
I like the Classic Starts series - it introduces the classics to kids at a manageable level. The first book in the series my oldest son and I went through was The Swiss Family Robinson. This book is pretty much - they found this animal, now they found this animal,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at On The Page
On Monday I had a piece posted on another site, a piece about something I did not want. When I read the call for contributors to write about wanting I dismissed it until I came to the provision for "didn't wants." This was easy. I've made peace with Fragile X, but I never wanted it. Here's a Thursday throwback to the time in that post. April five years ago, 8 months pregnant with Toby and hugging Kaden and Blue after trial one day. Tuesday Kevin and I participated in Toby's final IEP meeting before he starts kindergarten. This was the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at groundspeed
My nephew just turned nine in April and he's very into history and warplanes. When I heard about Michael Ferrari's Born to Fly I decided to make this book his birthday gift. My own ten year old is not really into history and in only somewhat into flying. (His dad... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at On The Page
I've never done a NaNoWriMo project before. But I love the idea. Online accountability. The emphasis on momentum. National Novel Writing Month, a November phenomenon is in well, November. A holiday month where my kids are out of school for a full week. The pre-Christmas month and we're big Christmasers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at On The Page
Like, lots and lots of fun. Our boys were so free range. They climbed so many trees. Chased so many goats. Collected so many scrapes. Boy heaven. Kaden and Blue and three of the missionary kiddos. There were two other older boys not pictured because they were at school. (And six girls, and haitian kiddos...) I'll go through it day by day. Thursday, March 20 We left via MFI (which means arriving at the hangar at 6am). Matt McCormick of Paulos Group met us at the Cap Haitien airport and once we'd collected all our stuff and he'd gathered up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at groundspeed
Every other year MFI employees can take five extra days off if used for a mission trip. Additionally, staff and family can use MFI to fly to their mission trip destination for free. MFI's slogan is that they "stand in the gap." Their missions vacation and travel policy enables MFI staff and their families to see and experience the other side of the gap. Pilots probably unload building supplies with every flight, but when in-country they can finally see how those supplies have been put to use. It deepens the meaning of what they do. Shortly after Kevin started with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at groundspeed
We have been all about visiting the north side of Hispaniola this month. Yesterday Blue, Kaden, Kevin and I (yup, all of us minus Toby) got back from Fort Liberte, Haiti and I want to talk about that, but first... A few weeks ago Kevin and I were in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic for 5 days because Kevin had the good fortune of being one of the pilots for a chartered MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) trip and I had the good fortune of being allowed to tag along. The day we left, a Thursday, was a regular flight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at groundspeed
Kaden! Welcome to double digits, kid! You’re ten. I have a ten year old. Yeesh - that got here fast. First to trip to Russia, February 2005, a few weeks shy of your first birthday... Blink. And you're ten. Just like that. Recently the winter Olympics wrapped up and because it was held in Sochi, Russia a day’s drive from where you were born in Volgograd, Russia, I’ve given more thought to our time in that part of that world, the experience of first meeting you and doing our best to get to know your mother country. (Not that our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at groundspeed
"A plume of angry smoke billowed from the trees in the direction of the Igiby cottage." I finished our morning read aloud time with this sentence before reading the title of the next chapter, "Fire and Fangs." Then I sent my kids off to school knowing that the Igiby cottage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at On The Page