Will Rachel be a Teacher?

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week, at our school anyhow.  I thought this would be an appropriate time to do a little catch-up on Rachel’s year. It was about a year ago this time that we found out she would be […]

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Ordinary Advocates Matter & Inclusion Works

I’m a little late with my blog but a couple of weeks ago we did our annual NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington.  Over 350 people, including 95 self-advocates, from across our nation, most at their own personal expense, descended on […]

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How You Can Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2017 #wdsd17

Tuesday is World Down Syndrome Day #wdsd17,  but I’m posting this today because Rachel wants you to be ready to celebrate with us tomorrow.   WDSD is recognized every year on March 21 (3-21) because Down syndrome is created when a […]

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18 Years Ago – A College Road Trip?

This time 18 years ago, Jonathan was about halfway through his radiation and chemo treatments for colorectal cancer.  I was pregnant with Rachel who was due to be born at the end of June.  We had a prenatal diagnosis so […]

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#WDSD17 Champion

World Down Syndrome Day  is recognized every year on March 21 or 3-21 because Down syndrome is created when a person has three copies of the 21st chromosome.  People and organizations around the globe will celebrate the lives of individuals […]

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Reading, Inclusion and Big Picture Thinking

During last week’s Parent-Teacher Conference, Rachel’s English teacher mentioned that following their next reading project they would be discussing women’s rights.  Rachel has already read the piece. We pre-read and then watch a video or movie if available. As we […]

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A Forrest Gumpesque Life: The Difference 18 Years Makes

I’ve been sending an email to a certain circle of friends every February 5 for 18 years now.  Thought I’d include all of you this year. Dear Friends of Rachel, Been thinking a lot this week about the difference 18 […]

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Finally ABLE to Save for Rachel’s Pink House

Four score and seven years ago we started working on passing the ABLE Act.  In reality it only took eight years, but there were days when it seemed much longer!  A few years ago just before the ABLE Act passed, […]

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Rachel’s Shakespeare

Rachel’s junior year seems to be on the path of Scotty’s Warp Speed!  I don’t know if Rachel has a bucket list but she did indeed add one of her dreams to her resume last week. She worked hard, she […]

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Life Lessons with Rachel: Any Part Mom

In the past three months, I’ve started and not finished no less than ten blogs. Certainly time has been a factor for my lack of blogging.  More so it has been my inner struggle of what to share. I mean […]

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