Mommy School

June 29, 2011 Under federal law, Extended School Year (ESY), better known as summer school, is offered to children with special learning needs.  The primary purpose is to help students retain the knowledge they have.  There is some research that […]

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How Could I Say No?

June 28, 2011 The artistic director of the TRDance Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia says, “How could I say no?”   If you have never met Melissa Zaletski (alias Mrs. Z), you really can’t imagine what this means! Mrs. Z came […]

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Respect and Dignity

June 25, 2011 Yesterday my dear friend and director of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, Amy Allison, sent me an email that simply said in the subject line “Your next blog post topic!”  The text read, “Love […]

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Negotiating with God

June 23, 2011 Last summer my dear husband suggested I submit my writing samples about my faith journey to our newspaper the Kansas City Star.  They would be choosing 13 individuals from the community to write articles about their faith […]

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You Aren’t in This Journey Alone

June 20, 2011 Saturday I had the great privilege and honor of spending the morning with parents of babies and toddlers with Down syndrome.  It was the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City’s quarterly new parent breakfast and we […]

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I Love You, Daddy!

June 19, 2011 Just a brief Happy Father’s Day to my two favorite daddies:  My daddy Hershel Barnett and Rachel’s Daddy, my husband Jonathan Mast.  Both are great dads in very different ways.  My dad always believed in me.  I […]

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A Visible Disability

June 17, 2011 Just when I was unsure what I would write about, British Airways comes to my rescue!  If reports are correct, a British Airways employee told the mother of a 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome she could not […]

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A Hot Fudge Sundae Kind of Day

June 15, 2011 Rachel’s Ongoing Birthday Celebration kicked off with a sleepover Friday night with 10 girls. Ten giggly girls.They went to bed about 3:00 am. I went to bed at 2:45 am.  In my former life, I could stay […]

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Joy Came in the Evening

June 13, 2011 Happy 12th Birthday Rachel Mast! Twelve years ago tonight at 8:40 pm Rachel Mast announced her arrival to planet earth with a healthy set of lungs! Beautiful from the moment I saw you and held you with those […]

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Lagging Social Life

June 10, 2011 No time for blogging today because we have a birthday sleepover with nine girls tonight!  A man once tried to shame me into using a product he declared would improve Rachel’s acadmeic, physical and social life. He […]

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