For the first time in several years, I sat down in an IEP meeting last Fall. I was overwhelmed, a little intimidated and genuinely confused for most of the meeting. I left with a deep sense of unease. I wish I would’ve said… Why did they mention that test score? What did they mean by…?… Continue reading For The Mom Headed Into Her First IEP Meeting
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… Continue reading History Through Literature For The Middle Years (with Beautiful Feet)
I have shared a lot about homeschooling my two boys. Their learning differences. The accommodations we have in place. How I individualize all our curriculum in order to make it work for them. The craziness of our day to day lives. I enjoy writing about our schooling. I went to school to be a teacher.… Continue reading Homeschooling Children With Special Needs – an honest look
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,… Continue reading What If…
When I was in the sixth grade, I ran for student council president. One of the requirements was getting up on stage, in front of the entire school, and giving a speech about why you should be elected. I bombed. For reals. I couldn’t remember the lines I had prepared. I stuttered and started sweating.… Continue reading How Anxiety Affects My Son’s Learning
Like many of you, I am dragging my family over that school year finish line this month. I’m tired. My boys are tired. Our school has slipped into a haze of hurry up and finish just this one thing combined with science projects that I should’ve supervised a bit better, but instead turned my… Continue reading Summer School That Isn’t School
I have heard so many stories lately. Stories from moms of unique little ones, just like mine. Stories of pain, misunderstanding, harsh criticism, and sorrow. Stories about church. Three years ago this week, I had a post go viral for the very first time. I wrote When Church Hurts, to describe the experience of church… Continue reading What Do I Do When Church Hurts?