Podcast Episode #24 – A Family’s Experience with Special Needs

Finding What Works Listen in on another open conversation with Angelle. She’s a mom of 3 children, both adopted and biological, two of whom have special needs. Angelle shares how the family discovered the special needs and how they were diagnosed over time. A story that many can relate to, Angelle went to countless specialists searching for answers and support.

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Podcast Episode #23 – One Family’s Educational Journey

Finding What Works Listen in on a heartfelt conversation with Angelle. She’s a mom of 3 children, both adopted and biological. Angelle has learned to work with the challenges familiar to most parents of children with special needs. Angelle and her husband went from searching for diagnoses for their children through a multitude of testing, to leaving public school for

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The Simple Dinner Party

COME to Simple Dinner. Every Sunday night, 5-8, my house Please bring whatever is already in your kitchen: leftovers, jars of olives, cheese, that foil wrapped experiment, etc. No preparing food. WE MEAN IT. No RSVP Imagine a relaxing evening where you don’t cook a thing or eat out. It is a carefree evening spent over a beautiful meal, catching

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“I Am” Prose

My family has dinner together every night. Most days, I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to cook. I don’t want to deal with arguing at the table. I don’t want to work on table manners or conversation skills. Yet, I try to do it every night. The experts, say it matters. We sit at a round table and

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Finding My Purpose

Unrolling my mat last night in yoga class, I noticed we had a substitute teacher. I sighed inwardly, a little disturbed that my regular teacher wasn’t there. I felt uncertain, like I didn’t know what I was getting into. Even though I have been doing yoga for twenty-five years–I even taught years ago–I still consider myself a beginner. I feel

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Listen to Me

My cousin stopped chopping carrots and asked me, “Does your family have any special traditions during the holidays? Do you eat something special?” She was looking at me as if she really wanted an answer. She cared about what I had to say. I hadn’t met this cousin before. At the time, I was in my early twenties, living near

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Wisdom from my son with dyslexia

It isn’t often you allow yourself to learn from young teachers, to take a step back and see the lesson right in front of you. My son, struggling to read, gave me a lesson in the moment, but truthfully, it was a lesson for life. He didn’t speak until he was almost three. He communicated what he wanted and needed

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Hating Where You Live

All of the houses in the neighborhood where I live look the same. When I first moved in a year ago, for a full two weeks, I would pull into the wrong driveway. My kids thought it was hysterical, and often didn’t even mention the wrong turn. They only giggled. I finally put a funky pillow on my porch in

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I am here, I am present, I am open, I am ready.

The first time I entered a healing circle, I had my hackles up and cynicism was at one hundred percent. I did not intend on venting to a bunch of strangers or finding comfort in a group sharing situation. Years before, in college, I tried group therapy, but in a traditional setting to rid myself of demons. I didn’t experience

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Giving Up Homeschool

I was completely sure of my school decision – to homeschool. I wasn’t going to “cheat” and buy pre made programs or do online classes. No, I was going to create a curriculum based on several states’ requirements, not just the one I was living in. I was going to do this schooling thing completely from scratch. (Or so my

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