Where’s the instruction manual?

Where’s the instruction manual?

Sometimes I have wished that kids came with an instruction manual.  This is especially true when raising a child with special needs. Most parenting books are designed to help parents gain the skills and expertise needed to raise healthy, well...

Singing all the verses of the National Anthem.

Singing all the verses of the National Anthem.

Do you know all 4 verses of our US national anthem?  Nick does.  Did you know that there were 4 verses?  I think that most people in the US don’t. You can look it up online.  I find the messages of each verse to be inspiring.  Contrary to...

Nick was Determined!

Nick was Determined!

Some days for Nick are better than others.  His capabilities and capacities seem to be variable.  When he is having a good day, we encourage him by letting him be as independent as possible in his self-care.  Sometimes if we are in a hurry or...

When things go south.

When things go south.

We have all had those days.  They start out great, amazing in fact.  And then somewhere in the middle, a crisis rears its ugly head.  Sometimes we are caught completely unawares and other times we know “the particular event” is...

Go Hawks! It’s Blue Friday.

Go Hawks! It’s Blue Friday.

Nick woke up today asking, “what day is it?”  And before we could answer him, he yelled out, “It’s Blue Friday, Game Day.”  Nick loves football and especially the Seahawks playing football.  He knows that football...

Don’t underestimate the possibilities.

Don’t underestimate the possibilities.

Yesterday Arden and I witnessed another Nick miracle.  I took a picture.  Over the weekend I had been playing Bananagrams with friends.  It is a game where lettered tiles are used to spell words.  Nick was struggling to pick up the tiles.  We...

Who are you connected to?

Who are you connected to?

Last week we were at a family reunion in Ireland.  We had a wonderful night with our relations.  Nick had his picture taken with his 3rd cousin Gary Doherty.  Gary is 5 months younger than Nick.  Gary and Nick are both retired.  During his career...

You can’t always count the cost.

You can’t always count the cost.

In Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Ireland, there is a large 767 airplane in a field.  It is part of the Quirky Glamping Village.  As you know, Nick loves planes and we were told we had to see it.  He thought it was very funny. Over the weekend, we heard...

I drew Drew!

I drew Drew!

Nick continues to amaze us all.  We were attending the 60th birthday party of my cousin Drew Doherty.  We had gotten a birthday card and after writing our sentiment in the card, Arden asked Nick to write his name. We are very proud of the fact...

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