Saturday, February 14, 2015

Afua's Dream

Afua has a wonderful chance to win an adaptive bicycle in the Great Bike Giveaway.

Don't forget to follow her journey on our new website and please vote once per email address.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Join me at my new place

I hope that most of you have found my new place HERE

I have a really special story to share today, all the way from India. Please join me!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


No, we are not adopting least not yet ;)

My blog is moving to it's own domain and while I'm still "rearranging furniture" over there, I'd like to invite you over to take a look. We will have a welcome party soon with giveaways so make sure you book mark the page or add it to your blogroll.

Today, you can find me at the Firefly Garden talking about a sensitive topic to special needs families. The reason I chose to write about was because I want all of us to be part of a movement that makes our world more accessible to all. I would be honored if you stopped by, read it and commented with your thoughts.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Find me at FireFly Garden

Firefly Garden  is a wonderful website for families who have a loved one with special needs. I go there to find support, for information and to be inspired. I signed up as a blogger to share my thoughts and experiences and I've love reading other blogs as well.

Today, I am sharing about the time we found out Afua's hearing loss diagnosis. It was a year ago and much has changed since then, but writing this brought back so many emotions.

Please join me as I share my story....

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The most powerful word

Sharing a post from last year that still applies to my life today....

Afua doesn't walk....yet

Afua isn't communicating with signs....yet

Afua is not drinking from a cup....yet

I find myself  using these phrases at doctor's appointments, school meetings, discussions with friends or relatives. I can't seem to say the first part, without adding the word yet. I wonder if my yet is viewed as a mom who is unhappy with the way things are or if they will truly understand my feelings behind using the word yet. 

 Right now, the word "yet" gives us power to hope for Afua's future. It gives us permission to say that we know more miracles are around the corner. That the hours she works so hard in therapy each week are for a purpose. And we hope that she will get to experience new things as a result of that hard work. 

Yet, if nothing changes, if nothing improves, if life tomorrow is exactly as the days before, she is loved just the same. Her performance is not a measure of her worth. 

So I guess this is really the heart of parenting a child with special needs. We live in the moment, we hope for the future and we constantly worry that our moments with our kids are cut short. Balancing all these feelings is 90% of my journey.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sensory Fun for February

All kids benefit from sensory activities, but I've noticed that my children with trauma and special needs absolutely require them. Our play room is slowly transforming into a sensory friendly space with a swing, trampoline, wobble boards and activities for gross motor movement. We are also focusing on tactile sensory activities to do with our younger ones and I wanted to share our February project.

This is my favorite play dough recipe, it's safe for all my kids. Today, I added just a drop of food color (not needed if red dye does not agree with your child) and a dash of vanilla. My daughter thought it smelled like cupcakes.
top: with glitter, pink created with 4 drops of red food color, purple was 6 drops of red, 3 drops of blue

Some of these things I picked up at our Target dollar spot, others at a local craft store. Just make sure the items you choose are age appropriate and don't pose a choking hazard.

cookie cutters, pom poms, heart shaped pony beads and spikey balls

We used our dough today to make cookies. Rolling dough is a great "heavy work" sensory activity.

Even our boys got in on the action, this recipe makes lots of dough for all.

the spikey balls made fun designs on cookies
This was a great sensory activity. Kneading and rolling dough, using cookie cutters, various textured "toppings" and the smell of vanilla dough kept my kids busy for an hour. Perfect for a cold, snowy day. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adoption Talk Blog Link Up

I have been reading the beautiful adoption stories shared in our first Adoption Talk Link up that started on Thursday. From foster care, domestic infant adoption and international adoption, each story is as unique as the family telling it. I have cried tears of joy, I've been covered in goosebumps and I've felt all the emotions that accompany the adoption process. If you haven't shared your adoption story yet, please link up HERE

To help you plan for future link ups, here is our proposed link up schedule. "Anything goes" is exactly what it sounds like: you write about any topic or use an old post that you want to share. Help us get to know you better during these weeks. Some weeks will have an optional topic and if it applies to your situation, feel free to write about it.

I highly recommend following all the hosts during the link up to get information and reminders as the link up progresses. My hope is that we become a community that is interactive during this year.

You can find all the rules and your hosts HERE