The Real Skinny on a Service Dog

Me, the minions, and Fantasy Rose!!!

Me, the minions, and Fantasy Rose!!!

Okay, mamas!  As promised, here is a post about the good, the challenging and the surprising about our experience with a service dog.  I apologize that it has taken me this long to do it but my oldest son has had a hard transition back to school and it has literally taken all of my everything to try to build us a new routine and get our lives back together.  I promise to try to answer all of the questions that I’ve gotten along the way but, if you have more, please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer those as well. Continue reading

Head Over Heels for a Blond

Well, it’s true.  I’m completely head over heels in love with a gorgeous blond-a girl, no less.  That girl is a one year old golden retriever and she is absolutely the most amazing thing I have ever seen.  We are a full 6 days into training now.  Fantasy, our new service dog, knows all of the stuff.  She’s just learning to do it for us now.   Continue reading

Head Over Heels for Our Fantasy Girl!

Our gorgeous service dog

Our gorgeous service dog

See this gorgeous girl?  She’s our new service dog, Fantasy.  Let me just say, she is all that AND a big ole’ bag of chips.  Not some cheap gas station chips either; I’m talking a mylar bag, not plastic, maybe a bag of those super yummy ones from Schlotsky’s or a whole can of Charles Chips (remember those?) but I digress. Continue reading

Really Cool Product Review: Hidden Rules With Friends

A few months ago, Michelle Roush from Things I Can’t Say (one of my personal favorite blogs,) said that she was looking for some mommy bloggers for kids with special needs to check out some new products and write reviews.  Quick as my little fingers would carry me I hopped on that bandwagon.  Then, about 10 minutes later, I panicked because I thought, “What happens if I hate this product?  What will I say?”  Well, I lucked out because I absolutely LOVE this product and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

A game for teaching those rules that no one really talks about but that make our kids stick out in a crowd.

The product I was sent, a card game called “Hidden Rules With Friends,” was from a company called Courage to Change.  Courage to Care is attempting to make books, learning and play materials aimed at persons of all ages with learning and/or social and emotional needs.  You should definitely check out the link because they have a ton of really interesting products.  I think I’ve probably blown about half of my home school budget in my mind just browsing! Continue reading

It’s Okay, Mommy Brought the Magic

How to turn this face


into THIS face!

As most of you know by now, I have 4 kids and three of them have special needs.  We see LOTS of doctors in several different locations.  We’ve been seeing lots of doctors for lots of years.  Add to this that my children have lots of anxiety and lots of sensory issues and, as you might guess, I’ve endured lots of headaches from watching my babies suffer lots of meltdowns.  Luckily, through lots and lots of trial and error, I have found some things that really help all of my children get through doctors appointments with far less stress (a lot.)   Continue reading

An Update on the Vandy Trip!

Mylie says “Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts!” Wasn’t she a beautiful dinner date for me even after an exhausting day?

I wanted to thank all of you who sent me words of hope and encouragement about the trip I just took with Mylie to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  I promise you that I felt the prayers and support the entire way and Mylie must have also because she did GREAT!  There was a ton of snow in our area during the trip but we only went through a couple of spots where it was actually on the roads where we were driving.  Despite lots of nervous sleep loss, I was alert and comfortable on the drive.  My sensory kid had not one meltdown the entire time (although her tremors indicated that she was definitely effected by the drive.)  The doctors were kind and timely.  Clearly, all that praying paid off!!! Continue reading

Going This One Alone

We’re off tomorrow, just the pink princess minion and her mama the queen:)

Tomorrow is the big day.  I will drop off the diva drama minion, the midnight muncher minion and the evil genius minion at school.  Then, the pink princess minion and I will head off to Nashville to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  The bags are packed, for the two of us and for the three who will spend the night with my mom.  My husband has to be at work before they can be dropped off.  The med list is typed, the notes are made, the questions are listed.  The worrying is carefully filed away in a mental drawer so that I can handle the details.  Every once in a while, when the drive is quiet or I’m distracted I’ll hear the ole’ worry monster knocking around in there but it won’t get out; it can’t because there is no one else to be strong.   Continue reading

The Hands Across My Heart

Today’s post is about the hands across my heart.

There we lay; three lumps in my bed.  My youngest girl on my left, my youngest boy on my right; they stretched their hands across me tickling each other to stay awake.  I breathed deeply and told myself not to roll my eyes.  It was one of those moments when you don’t bother to say anything at all because if you dare to open your mouth a deafening scream might just escape.   Continue reading

The Dream that Keeps on Giving

I love this picture of Dr. King because it reminds me that he was, at heart, a regular man. He just had the bravery to share his extraordinary dream.

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day; many of us are enjoying a day off.  Some of us will stop to think about the impassioned speeches and leadership that Dr. King shared with the world.  Some will extend that remembrance to all of the brave men and women who took a stand against violence, hate and intolerance.  I certainly will do that.  However, when Dr. King (and those who stood with him) called on the nation to ensure that ALL American citizens should be treated equally and humanely, did you know that they laid the groundwork for protections afforded to our kids with special needs? Continue reading

Just A Little Deeper

It would have been a melancholy day for me regardless; my kid’s birthdays always are.  I always find myself pulled between pride and joy at the growth my kids are making and a touch of sadness for their “littleness” left behind.  Each year, they are a little bit more independent; a little further from the well worn crook in my arm where they once rested.  With every candle blown out, I am a little bit less able to protect them from the inevitability of the world with its heartbreak and challenges.  However, given the horrible events in Connecticut just the day before, these truths were less a whisper in my mommy ears and more like a flashing neon sign.   Continue reading