The Spirit of the Holiday Season is Where You Look for it.

December 20, 2018 Katherine
The ornaments are up on the tree, the garland glitters, and the string of lights twinkle like stars in the night. A mound of wrapping paper is stacked next to gifts not yet wrapped. The sacred holiday nears. Packages arrive on doorsteps with the wish that not a single porch pirate dare steal the joy
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Thankful Words Make a Difference...they did for Bob.

November 21, 2018 Katherine
  “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer Words such as these echo through the hearts of many a caregiver and parent. They sit
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October is National Disability Employment Month, what is Alabama doing to get people employed?

October 24, 2018 Katherine
The leaves are turning, the colors are rich this year with oranges and reds. In Denver, we have had our first brush with winter. October marks the seasonal advent of fall and it is also National Disability Employment Month. This month let’s celebrate Alabama’s Employment First efforts and the passage of the 2014 Workforce Opportunities
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Preventing Homework Headaches and Morning Meltdowns.

September 9, 2018 Katherine
A little prevention and preparation will improve your child’s school performance this year. By the time you read this blog post, school will have started in your community. Fresh school supplies are beginning to show some wear, and once clean backpacks are starting to collect small items portending a favorite place to stuff “things” in
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A Cool Idea for the Dog Days of Summer

July 30, 2018 Katherine
The dog days of summer have arrived. Hot, humid days cling to the ground where fireworks fizzled just a few short weeks ago. The barbeque has cooled, and there just isn’t is ever enough ice tea—sweet or unsweet. The family dog is either under the air conditioner or panting from the heat under the old
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Get TechFit, Get TechStrong. How we got out of shape!

June 15, 2018 Katherine
Are We Speaking Her Language? Getting Tech Fit, Tech Strong. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Areas in life, once strong, become weak. It was a gradual weakening, one we didn’t notice until it was obvious. Mikelle’s voice was growing quieter. The digital voice we had become so accustomed to was increasing silent
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When Life is Like Drinking from a Firehose

May 25, 2018 Katherine
    The phone rings at 2:30 am.  Never a good sign. My smartphone lights up the space next to my bed, both the sound and the light bouncing off the window sill where it rests. Unknown caller. The only unknown caller I know too well. It’s my mother, who on this April 6th morning
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Raising Confident Kids

April 13, 2018 Katherine
  As a young mom, I recall Mikelle’s sweet stretched out yawns, her gentle infant coos and the terrible fear of the dreaded baby swing that threw her into a startle so severe she thought she would fall to the ground. I remember the many attempts to help her learn to sit. Valiantly, we attempted
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The Parenting Dilemma

March 12, 2018 Katherine
Part One As families with special needs, we develop almost ninja-like warrior skills in fighting for our kids. We are strong, even when we feel weak. We speak out, even when we are shy. We believe in our kids, even when others don’t. We are courageous, even when our hearts ache. Our adeptness strips away
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February 12, 2018 Katherine
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”- Forrest Gump  Valentine’s Day and chocolates go hand and hand, like peas and carrots. Remember when you were a child, Valentine’s Day was a big deal. Boxes of chocolate were affectionately given from grandparents, parents, and friends at
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