Open your hearts this Christmas

  Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. – Janice Maeditere Save our inspirational quotes to motivate and inspire you through your journey.   

Anchored Inspiration

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Best Stocking Stuffers on a Budget

Hanging stockings is something we enjoy every year for the holiday season. On Catherine’s second Christmas, I pulled out stockings I purchased long before Merle and I had children and monogrammed the names for both girls on them. Christina was so excited when she saw the stockings that she accidentally pulled down all the decorations […]

Resources and Guides

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Holiday Gift Guide for Caregivers

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Have you been looking for a way to show gratitude to that special caregiver? Take a look at a few of my favorites on this year’s Gift Guide. It offers a little respite and comfort with a taste of nostalgia, but most of all a reminder of how much you appreciate […]

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When Friends Become Family

There’s a very popular quote that reads: Friends are the family you choose for yourself. I truly believe this because the three amazing women you’re about to meet started off as friends to Merle and myself, but have since become an integral and important part of our lives. They each support us in their own […]

Navigating Daily Life

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Sending out an SOS for the Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyful but stressful time for many people. This is particularly true for the primary caregiver who is burdened with caregiving responsibilities on top of the seasonal celebrations. The stress often makes it difficult to let go and enjoy time with friends and family.   Here are three “Seasonal Offensive Steps”(SOS) to […]

Supporting Caregivers

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Photographer shares talents with special needs families

Desiree Chapman Photography is the first business we’re featuring for our Profiles of C.A.R.E. series and I couldn’t be happier. Desiree offers free photography sessions to families with children or loved ones with special needs and Catherine was lucky enough to be one of her photography subjects a few years ago. It was a wonderful […]

Profiles of C.A.R.E.

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Our New Quarterly Feature Highlights Caregiving

Look it up in the dictionary and you’ll find several different definitions for the word, care. During Catherine’s difficult first few years, I created my own “definition”, due in large part to the amazing nurses I encountered as my daughter’s caregiver. They were an integral part in guiding me through the confusing maze of primary […]

Profiles of C.A.R.E.

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In Honor of Veterans Day

  Every day, people serve their neighbors and our nation in many different ways, from helping a child learn and easing the loneliness of those without a family to defending our freedom overseas. It is in this spirit of dedication to others and to our country that I believe service should be broadly and deeply […]

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A Sister’s Perspective

The Anticipation Running to the tree, being careful not to break the bright red ornaments, I grabbed the rectangular box. I knew what to expect. I anxiously ripped the green foil wrapping paper from the box to see which Bratz doll was inside. There she was  – Yasmin in a crisp clear box – wearing […]

Finding Your Way

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The Voyage of Children with Special Needs Siblings

Merle and I both grew up in a family with dynamic sibling relationships and desired the same for our girls. We grew concerned about this in the later part of my pregnancy as there were so many unanswered questions about Catherine’s abilities and we wanted both of them to have the experiences we shared with […]

Finding Your Way

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