Adventures in Communication

I hope to share more formally about our adventures in communication with June, specifically the use of American Sign Language, verbal speech development, and her assistive communication device. However, for a few months I've been savoring some much needed rest and protecting a "margin" against over-busy-ness in my life and that of the kids, which … Continue reading Adventures in Communication

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Signing Time and Our Journey As a Special Needs Family

One of the things I am grateful for this holiday season is Signing Time, and how it made American Sign Language easily accessible to our family.  We are over at the Signing Time blog today where we have the privilege of sharing about what a big impact Signing Time has had on our family.  Follow the … Continue reading Signing Time and Our Journey As a Special Needs Family

An Election Conversation With My Kids

One week ago, the kids and I ventured out to the polls for early voting.  The "big kids" (my 5-year-old, Rowan and my 3-year-old, June) had decided who they would vote for, hypothetically, by watching snippets of the debates.  This was our pre-voting conversation- June contributing in ASL. Me: OK, guys, let's go vote! June: I'm … Continue reading An Election Conversation With My Kids

Our Homeschool Curriculum, 2016-2017

Our post on this year's curriculum choices is so belated that most homeschool bloggers are writing about how their first 6 or 9 weeks went. So I'll just roll that info in here, too. Last year, our approach was so informal that I put quotes around "homeschool curriculum" in the post title.  Last year went wonderfully- … Continue reading Our Homeschool Curriculum, 2016-2017

Nursing Update: On the Myth of Helplessness

We have had home nursing for a little over a month. We use only 2 shifts a week, intended for 'respite,' or a break for us.  So, as of the middle of last week, we had had a total of 8 nursing shifts so far. And I truly didn't think I could handle having nursing anymore. … Continue reading Nursing Update: On the Myth of Helplessness

A Day in the Life, Updated #1day12pics

One of the most frequently pinned posts here is A Day in the Life, in which I describe a typical day for us as a family with a medically complex child. So much has changed since I wrote that a year and a half ago- June is walking, climbing, and communicating (signing), she has a … Continue reading A Day in the Life, Updated #1day12pics

Baby Signing Time! (Exciting news…)

I have big news to share.  Soon I will be a certified Baby Signing Time instructor!  Regular readers here know how much of an impact Signing Time has made on our family, as our daughter June uses American Sign Language exclusively to communicate.  I am so excited for the opportunity to share American Sign Language with … Continue reading Baby Signing Time! (Exciting news…)

Our “Homeschool Curriculum” Fall 2015

At the very beginning of this year, I shared why I am so excited to "homeschool" this fall.  I use the quotes because most of the time, "homeschool" with my almost-4-year-old son and almost-2-year-old daughter is woven into everyday playing and errand running rather than appearing more "school-like," such as doing worksheets at a table.  But sometimes we … Continue reading Our “Homeschool Curriculum” Fall 2015

Hospital Playlist- Top 10 (OK, 20…)

Here it is, the Hospital Playlist Top 10 that I mentioned when complaining about the insufficiency of Christian music several posts back.  I'll post another list exclusively of "Christian" songs that deserve recognition since not many can edge out the 'not-specifically-Christian' competitors below. This isn't a collection of my favorite songs; typically I listen to … Continue reading Hospital Playlist- Top 10 (OK, 20…)

QOTD: This Is a Job for Daddy.

Tomorrow marks one month that June has been in the hospital, and we had originally planned on just a 4-day stay. To recap, the various reasons the stay has lengthened include the switch from the two-stage LTR that was planned to the one-stage version, difficulty extubating after the LTR, which led to the need for … Continue reading QOTD: This Is a Job for Daddy.