Autism - Asperger syndrome

Meet Damien

In my last post about this year, I bragged a bit about my youngest starting his first job.  I’m overjoyed to see him take this step into the workforce, more so than even my other children when they started working.  Let me tell you why. Damien is high functioning autistic.  So, you see, him getting…

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Welcome to 2021

Is it 2021? Or maybe 2020 WON? How about we make it what we want it to be? Last year was crazy, to say the least. First the pandemic hit, then the midwest got hit by the Derecho in August. Parents have had to learn along with their children, because we all know we forgot…

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Activities for the Kids

It’s just about time for winter break and I know many moms, myself included, will be looking for ways to keep their kiddos busy. Many daycares will have more kiddos to keep busy for the next couple of weeks, as well. It’s also very different this year, with digital school and limited interaction with their…

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Iowa Strong

Recently, I posted a design commemorating the devastating storm that came through the Midwest on August 10th and our collective recovery from it. And Here It Is! Well, ladies and gentlemen, after a few unexpected delays, they are finished and ready for you! Here they are, in all their steadfast glory: I’ve designed them in…

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A Day in the Life of Me

Good morning. Grab a cup of coffee and relax with me. That’s my normal morning routine. Grab a cup of coffee, scroll through Facebook memories and relax before I start the day. Then, I’ll make a list of everything I need or want to get done in the day and look over whatever I didn’t…

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Rising up from disaster

On August 10, 2020, a severe wind storm (Derecho) tore through the Midwest. It left a path of damage and destruction from the Western edge of South Dakota/Nebraska to Northwest Ohio, 770 miles in 14 hours. Iowa was hit hardest, with wind gusts reaching 140 mph. In my hometown, Cedar Rapids, it damaged or destroyed…

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Diving in, head first

I’ve left this on the back burner for far too long. Time to dive in and get going. Recently, I started a class on digital designs and Etsy. I’ve rather enjoyed it and have realized I have a bit of a creative mind. With that said, I’m going to expand my focus to encompass my…

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