Guest Writer: Elmari Dreyer – When Your Grandchild Has Special Needs

I have three grandchildren of my own with special needs. For me it always was a dream to be a grandmother.  When my children were grown-up and got married, I could not wait for them to have kids so that I could become a granny.  I love babies and was always good with toddlers andContinue reading “Guest Writer: Elmari Dreyer – When Your Grandchild Has Special Needs”

Can you remember that girl? Part 2 … and the Tattoo

Eight months have passed since I posted “Can you remember that girl?”  As I read the blog post for the first time again tonight I realized; even in these eight months, I have changed. To remember that girl takes courage.  It might be easier to just admit that I have changed. It is definitely easierContinue reading “Can you remember that girl? Part 2 … and the Tattoo”

Can you remember that girl? Part 1

I had a specific flavor about me in the years before family life took hold of me. My zest for life was overwhelming. My dreams of the future, limitless. Creativity has always been just beside me in everything I did. It ranged from having a different routine every day to always making a birthday card,Continue reading “Can you remember that girl? Part 1”

Dear Parent, Burnout Can Do More Harm Than Frequent Breaks Ever Will

I can remember so clearly the early years of parenthood, those times when I was on the brink of breaking down. I could very faintly feel the exhaustion setting in more and more, my patience very thin with the kids and emotions flying everywhere about the smallest issues. It was then when I knew thatContinue reading “Dear Parent, Burnout Can Do More Harm Than Frequent Breaks Ever Will”

How writing has always grounded me

On the best and worst of my days my head is almost always buzzing with a peculiar mixture of activity.  The activity entertains ideas, to-do lists, impressions, emotions, words, songs and strategies. Reading that explanation of my mind activities here, is a bit disturbing, but I have realized that much of what I, or anyContinue reading “How writing has always grounded me”

Non verbal…not stupid

How many times do we not subconsciously, or consciously, make the assumption that someone’s reply equals their thoughts? What if you just do not have the words to describe what you are thinking? We all have those frustrating moments where in mid conversation you would like to describe a thought, feeling or remember a name, butContinue reading “Non verbal…not stupid”

Dear Special Needs Parent: Welcome to Holland …

Explaining your experience as a Special Needs Parent is gut wrenching on the best of days. The last couple of weeks I have been trying to figure out how I would explain my experience to someone who has never lived with a Special Needs Child or with any child, for that matter. Where do IContinue reading “Dear Special Needs Parent: Welcome to Holland …”

Let’s Not Live Distracted

The title of this blog has been running through my mind for a week.  A statement, but also an urge.  Urgently pressing, and a blog desperately wanting to be written. Mostly I have no idea what how my blogs will end up, but I just keep writing and it all comes together in the end,Continue reading “Let’s Not Live Distracted”