Besides being a Counselor, I’m also a mommy.  I have a 3-year-old daughter, and a 15-year-old daughter that has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

I frequently write to share our journey, and encourage other parents.

This journey in motherhood is full of unexpected surprises and turns. Feel free to share it with me!


Category: Motherhood

5 Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned While Leaving for Work

I could feel it’s intense glare on my back; a stark heat or radiation of sorts. It remained silent, with its presence unnaturally heavy. I stood wondering if I…

How One Doctor Helped Us Beat the Sensory War

In my head, I imagine that it’s like fingernails raked across a 90’s chalkboard, or a metal fork scraped across a plate. Either way, her body language spoke…

I’m Taking My 14-Year-Old’s Advice (And 5 Reasons You Should Too)

Unexpected. Quick. Brief and Succinct. Like wind in mid-summer. My 14-year old daughter said her first sentence. I’ve never heard her say “Mom”, “Dad”, or even her…

6 Steps I Took To Reach Peace With My Daughter’s Diagnosis

11 years to be exact. I hope you don’t judge me, but it really did take me awhile. The road to serenity… full of dips, turns, and sometimes…

Buddy Walk 2016

We had SO much fun at the Buddy Walk this year.  Every year during the month of October, our local Down Syndrome Association hosts a Buddy Walk to raise awareness…

Open Letter To My Neurotypical Daughter

I breathed a bit easier on the day you were born. From my over-stretched, worn-out belly you emerged, with a mezzo-soprano scream. You were my rainbow baby…

7 things I’d Tell Myself on the Day of My Daughter’s Birth

Have you ever been in such a state of shock that you felt as though your heart stopped beating, and you felt like you had stopped breathing? The air in…

To The Person That Feels Awkward Around My Daughter

I saw you when you looked up with the familiar, inquisitive stare. When our eyes met, I noticed it. Fear? Anxiety? Maybe. I know when you see us, we may…

To the Special Needs Stepparent in My Life

I’m pretty sure Joseph was the first stepparent. He seemed to be pretty awesome. I would guess that on Christmas Day/Jesus’s birth, Joseph lovingly supported Mary, stepped…

To the Teacher Assistants Who Helped My Daughter with Down Syndrome

If I asked you to list of the top 10 movies of all time, I would guess that you would be able to name at least one actor who starred…

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