17 Years with Rachel!

Dear Rachel, Today is your 17th birthday. Happy, happy birthday my sweet, precious girl.  Seventeen years ago today it was very hot in Memphis, Tennessee.  We weren’t expecting you for a few weeks. In fact, we had scheduled your arrival […]

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Little Pink Houses and “the Hill”

I grew up on Joy Mountain. Joy Mountain is between Searcy and Rose Bud in White County, Arkansas. When I go home, I often say I’m going to the Hill! So I did return to the Hill but maybe not […]

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Community Inclusion, School Success

We moved to Kansas eight years ago. Rachel was entering third grade. Of course I had concerns about school, church, services and community inclusion.  We were fairly well-connected in the Memphis community and the unknown is usually a bit unsettling. […]

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Rachel’s All-Star Teachers

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to those who teach and specifically to the teachers who teach or who have taught Rachel. That includes the support personnel like paraprofessionals, speech, occupational […]

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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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