A special thanks to the Louisville Tourism Board for helping to host us on this trip! Confession: I have a Travel Bucket List a mile long. Well, more than one list. I have lists for international travel, long weekend trips, National Parks I want to see...and on we go. Louisville has been on my "Cities to See" list for a while. It's not far from us, at a 5-hour drive, and the Kentucky Derby brings it back to my attention every year. So when we started talking about taking a long weekend … [Read more...] about A Long Weekend in Louisville: the best things to do with kids!
Differences are everywhere and within each of us. But while some differences are innate - such as personality traits - others are much more visible. We all have physical differences, from our colors to our shapes and sizes to other aspects of our bodies. And as our babies grow into their toddler years, they begin to notice these visible differences as they make sense of their world and learn to categorize. During this time, it's so important that we make physical differences part of … [Read more...] about The Best Children’s Books about Looking Different
The line froze in front of me from the book I was reading: "What do you optimize your life for?" The term optimize, for me, has such a tech connotation. When I think optimize, I think computers or technological devices. So what could this mean for my life, especially my daily life? As a mom, I've found it's far easier to talk about or read about topics like this than to act on them, day after day while doing laundry and dishes and homework help. And rinse and repeat. This is a question, … [Read more...] about Optimizing Your Life for What Matters Most
Special thanks to GoRVing.com for sponsoring this post and allowing us this experience. All opinions are my own. For a long time, outside felt really scary. When we first learned about Brenna’s diagnosis of Harlequin ichthyosis, with complications like heat intolerance and high infection risk, everything outside seemed unknown, very potentially dangerous. I was terrified of even moving her from a covered NICU isolette to an open crib, let alone bringing her home. Any environment we … [Read more...] about Why RV Travel is a Great Option for Families with Special Considerations
The beauty of reading to our children is that it can transport us to faraway places, time periods in the past or the future, even worlds only alive in our imaginations. But – as our family has seen from raising a child with special needs – reading also does something else: it allows us to learn about each other. It enables us to imagine how we might feel in situations we have never been in or to appreciate someone’s life we have never met. Reading provides us with the framework for developing … [Read more...] about 15 Must Read-Alouds for the Classroom: the Best Books for Teachers about Differences and Being Yourself