Rachel – The Pioneer

Honestly, last week was one of those where I was on a bit of an emotional roller coaster. On this journey with the precious girl who happens to have an extra chromosome, there are some hurts that I harness in […]

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Rachel’s A-Plus Week

Sometimes the best way to tell the story is through pictures. I wish my photography were half as good as my friend Sherri Harnisch, but I think you’ll love the story anyhow.  This week we headed to the NDSS Buddy […]

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A Good IEP Meeting & She Does Love Her Life

Last week was Rachel’s IEP meeting. I lost count of how many IEP meetings she has had at about 40. We’ve had a wide range of meetings. Some have been contentious. Some have been very long.  The IEP meeting to […]

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Easter Insights from Rachel

Rachel often has interesting insights.  Easter is a, if not the, most important holiday around our house. Not the Easter bunny but because as Christian, it is the day Christ arose and the basis for our faith.  Rachel understands all […]

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A Great Thing Happened on World Down Syndrome Day

It is a busy time of year at our house. If you are on social media, I hope you noticed that Monday was World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). On March 21st individuals around the world celebrate the lives of individuals […]

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Will Baby Sally Go To Vanderbilt?

Earlier this week we visited the Next Steps Program at Vanderbilt University. Baby Rachel, as some of you know her, is “almost 17” and graduation is just two years away.  She has been planning her college road trip for years. […]

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Rachel’s Sweet Prayers, Joe & a Pink House

Rachel prays on the way to school every morning. We started this when she was in preschool. It was a 20 minute drive and she prayed for every single child in her class and all her teachers. We also used […]

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Rachel a Constant Reminder of Courage for Me!

Just a little glimpse at Rachel’s last couple of weeks. A couple of days ago, my blog “Paralyzed By Fear” popped on my Facebook timeline. Last week during Rachel’s CYT show “Hairspray, Jr.” someone wanted to know how Rachel got […]

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Plans for Rachel

Sunday, February 7 – I know what I was doing 17 years ago today. It wasn’t Super Bowl Sunday. It was Soup Sunday, the largest volunteer event for Memphis based non-profit Youth Villages.  I was the volunteer manager for Youth […]

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Advocacy and a Panda Bear?

If you’ve known me for a very long time, you giggled when you read this because you know this story. This video of Tian Tian has popped up all over social media this weekend, the weekend of the Blizzard Jonas. […]

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