A Harvest of Contentment – Catherine’s Gift of Being Present in the Moment

It is the fall of the year and we’ve left the lazy days of the summer behind us. We are in a season of harvest; our lives are more predictable where we balance school, work, activities, family dinner, homework, and so much more. We tend to move through our daily routine and sometimes we may […]

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Supporting Special Needs Siblings

Raising a child with special needs is challenging and time-consuming. And if there are siblings involved, making sure they feel supported and seen can be tough. My good friend, Gwen Burno has three children, one with special needs, so she understands the juggling act parents perform to keep everything running smoothly.  Gwen spoke with Beyond […]

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Catherine Takes on The Big Apple!

Each summer we take a break from our daily routine and spend time exploring a fun destination. This year we embarked on New York City. It was Catherine’s first visit in the Big Apple. Our late night arrival set the perfect stage for her to absorb the sounds of this mystery town. I just saw […]

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Take Time to Read the Day Away

August 9th celebrated National Book Lovers Day and promotes a day of reading for those who love to read. Readers were encouraged to find their favorite reading place, a good book and to read the day away. Reading is something I enjoyed since I learned how to read as a very little girl. The family dinner […]

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Catherine’s Milestone 13th Birthday

This month, Catherine turned thirteen years old.  We think it is a pretty significant birthday. Over the years we’ve celebrated many milestones such as her first, fifth and tenth birthdays. This year was special because we now have a teenager in our home for the second time. Our hopes for Catherine in the years to […]

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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 […]

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Catherine’s Truths

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. What a wonderful time to shine a light on and celebrate the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. In our family, we advocate daily for my daughter Catherine with hopes of fostering inclusion and enlightening others about the unique personalities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. There are […]

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The Power of Ten Seconds

We are roughly seven weeks into the school year and I am sure my mornings are no different from any other parent when it comes to getting your kids out of bed. The first few days of school whisked in with an aura of newness where they popped out of bed at the crack dawn. […]

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My Self-Care Journey

To me, self-care is like putting on a life jacket before you jump in the water; it’s an absolute necessity to keep you afloat during turbulent times. I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t always practice self-care. After Catherine was born, she was my main priority; supporting Christina and Merle was next and my […]

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