Posted in June 2008

angels shall guard thee

Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood.  ~Louisa May Alcott How do people make it through life without a sister?  ~Sara Corpening We discovered an incredibly beautiful arboretum yesterday. How have we lived here for four years without knowing that this was so close to home? It is a slice of heaven. … Continue reading

and now a whole bunch of words from our sponsors

The following has been brought to you by the letter Y and the number 2 and made possible by the generosity of a host of proud sponsors – ABA therapists, teachers, aides, parent educators, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and by contributions from people like you. Thank you for your continued support. (The tote bags are in … Continue reading

pot of gold

  “But faith is different than love, Mama. Cause you choose love; but it also chooses you. Except with your family, because you have to love them.”   – Katie, age seven  – Philosopher, Sage, Love of my life, Rising Second Grader – discussing faith, love and the power of choice en route to our Mama/ Katie dinner date Katie and … Continue reading

and the award goes to

** “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.” —  Barbara Kingsolver  Animal Dreams I would like to believe that people are … Continue reading

decontextual laughter

* “Additionally, she did demonstrate certain idiosyncratic tendencies … Several instances of decontextual laughing were also observed.” ~ Excerpt from Brooke’s last neuropsychological evaluation   Periodically, Brooke bursts out laughing. I mean all out belly laughing. Cracking herself up, doubled over, can’t breathe kind of laughing. And we have no idea what’s so funny. Maybe we’re … Continue reading


  And sometimes in a moment of weakness A single tear falls, and that’s all She’s strong – she’s got the world on her shoulders She just keeps carrying on She can take the heat; she can take the cold winter She’s got faith there’s no quit in her She’s strong -Tracy Lawrence ‘Strong’ She … Continue reading

(spi) ritual

    ritual n. any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner   spiritual adj.  of or pertaining to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature / of or pertaining to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.     Every night before bed Brooke and I go through … Continue reading

on second thought

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully. “Yes,”said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.” “And he has Brain.” “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.” There was a long silence. “I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.” We have a crystal light fixture in our upstairs hallway that throws its light outward onto the ceiling around it. The light … Continue reading

benefits package

              We were at the playground above the soccer field again last week, you know .. NOT playing soccer  .. when we bumped into a dear friend’s father. I didn’t know him, but he was watching my friend’s young daughter while her son played soccer (on the team that Brooke … Continue reading

the thief in the night

  Will there ever come a time when I do not find each and every decision that we make on Brooke’s behalf agonizingly difficult? Will there ever come a time that I can simply choose an option, walk away and lay my head down to sleep? As a parent, will I ever stop second guessing … Continue reading