History Through Literature For The Middle Years (with Beautiful Feet)

I come from a long line of history buffs. My mom, my dad, my siblings – we all showed an interest in and excitement for history. My sister and I used to pretend to be in various stories throughout history – pioneers, explorers on boats, helping Anne Frank escape from the Nazi’s instead of being…

What If…

What if I never get better, Momma? What if I always feel like this? My son asked me this last night, mid-anxiety attack, through tears and stomach pain. My heart hurt and my eyes stung with tears as I rocked him and prayed. We got another bill from the hospital this week. Seven months later,…

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Life Skills Matter (so why do I treat them like extras?)

He takes a shower without too much fuss, but the steps required to actually bathe are something we are still working on. He is still struggling with basic introductions and goodbyes. Any process involving more than two steps or simultaneous actions is not easy for him. Last week, he stood outside the car with the…

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This Side Of Heaven (when we are forced to watch our children suffer)

I overheard my youngest son talking to his friend last week. “My biggest dream, besides being able to feel better and not have all my medical issues because that’s really my biggest dream – my second biggest dream is that the owl from Hogwarts got lost on my birthday and it’s still going to show…