The China Interviews: Part 1

I prepared a few questions to ask Rachel about her time in China. I broke down the interview into four parts, and this is part one!

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A Statue of Bruce Lee!

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Rachel’s group visited a leper colony.  Everyone who lives there no longer has the disease but sadly, they will never be welcomed back into society. This man has no fingers yet he is a unbelievably talented artist! He painted the Bible verse that Rachel is holding!

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Friendship Friday: Back from China Part 3

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Welcome to Friendship Friday Link Up! Here you will find a gathering place of mostly special needs families, families with chronically ill members, and homeschoolers, but you don’t have to be one of the above to share!

I value our online friendships and appreciate your support!

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We had some unwanted excitement the other day when we were stopped in a state police car search on our way to Lowes. They were searching all homes and cars in the vicinity.

Our driver’s side window doesn’t work so my husband, who was driving, held up his hands for the officer to see and explained the situation. The officer along with the four other officers ther kept their hands on their ASSAULT RIFLES the whole time while searching our car! It was actually very terrifying!

The officer informed us that there had been a home invasion just a couple of miles from our house and they were searching for four armed and dangerous people!

We had never locked our front door when we left, which is not an uncommon occurrence for us way out in the middle of nowhere, because this type of criminal activity has been up until now unheard of around here!

Needless to say, after the search we turned the car around and went back home to make sure the kids were okay. We could not get home fast enough for me!

Later that same night we heard that they had captured two of perps in the woods behind Bethany’s speech therapist’s house and the next morning they had all four of them in custody, thank God!

Other than that excitement, some much better goings on at our house is that Rachel has returned from her summer of teaching English in China!
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Rachel, her co-teacher, and their students!

Rachel, her co-teacher, and their students!

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Jeremiah had been begging me to cut his hair for a very long time, but I couldn't find the hair clippers. He was so happy to finally get his hair cut that he let me take his picture!

Jeremiah had been begging me to cut his hair for a very long time, but I couldn’t find the hair clippers. He was so happy to finally get his hair cut that he let me take his picture!

Bethany was very happy to receive her new school books in the mail!  We also found this cool Bowling Dice Game  It is a little complicated and confusing to play so it has not become a fast favorite. I need to figure out how to modify the rules for her.

Bethany was very happy to receive her new school books in the mail! We also found this cool Bowling Dice Game
It is a little complicated and confusing to play so it has not become a fast favorite. I need to figure out how to modify the rules for her.


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Elsewhere on the blog this week!
The Homecoming: Back From China part 1

Back From China Part 2: A Chinese McDonald’s Birthday Party

What’s the Word Wednesday? #6

Please come back next week for more photos and videos of Rachel’s trip to China!
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Back From China Part 2: A Chinese McDonald’s Birthday Party

There’s a McDonald’s birthday party happening every day around the world!

Well actually, I’m not really sure about that, but I do know that McDonald’s birthday parties are loved by kids all over the world!

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In case you missed part one- go to The Homecoming: Back From China Part 1

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What’s the Word Wednesday? #6

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1) Can we really help people if all we do is talk at them trying to convince them that they are sinners in need of a savior, or would taking the time to listen to their stories be more effective? See one person’s opinion at How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye

2) I have been suspecting that all the talk about ISIS beheading children just might be a story fabricated to provoke panic and mass hysteria among the Christian community. Over the years there have been many Christians that believe they are justified in sensationalizing and lying and exaggerating about terrorist attacks. I do not in any way support terrorism or make light of the atrocities committed by ISIS. However as a follower of Jesus I do support the truth! Fact Checker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq?

3) Where will our special needs children live when they are adults? For many of us they will will live at home with their parents for as long as they can! See how Mardra Sikora feels about that at Yes, My Adult Son With Down Syndrome Lives at Home

4) SUDEP or Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy is a very real issue that many families affected by epilepsy (including mine) worry about every day of their lives! Ways to minimize the risk for SUDEP are discussed in this podcast. Partners Against Mortality in Epliepsy: Podcast on Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy

5) See how other special needs families homeschool at the Homeschooling Special Needs Blog Tour. A great resource for any special needs families- homeschooling or not!

6) My daughter, Rachel has returned from China safe and sound! See what she did, saw, and experienced there at The Homecoming: Back From China Part 1. Come back tomorrow for part 2!

7) Just for fun: A giant dancing slinky!


The Homecoming: Back From China Part 1

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Many of you know that Our daughter Rachel left on July 7 to teach English to nine and ten year old boys and girls in China.
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I am happy to announce that Rachel has returned to the United States safe and sound though somewhat reluctantly. I say “somewhat reluctantly” because she loved China and the people she met there so much that she was ready to go back as soon as she got off the airplane!

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The people there were very fond of her too! Her boss at the school told her she was born in the wrong country. He invited her to come back any time and promised to help her get a job if and when she does!

The children that Rachel taught and their parents were amazed at how well she adapted and fit right into Chinese society. They were also very impressed with how well she could handle her chopsticks!

Rachel, her co-teacher, and their students!

Rachel, her co-teacher, and their students!

New Friends!

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The following collage shows the collection of gifts that her students gave her to say thank you and goodbye!
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Chinese tea and tea set!

Chinese tea and tea set!

A Painting that Rachel brought home from China!

A Painting that Rachel brought home from China!

Bethany’s reaction to Rachel coming home!

For part 2 of this series please go to A Chinese McDonald’s Birthday Party

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Friendship Friday: Summer is Winding Down

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Summer is coming to close here in Upstate New York. It’s been getting quite chilly at night. I am not at all looking forward to winter coming.

I have ordered a few new school books for Jeremiah and Bethany. Although I’ve never really thought about it much before we do actually kind of do year round schooling with Bethany. I’m going to wait until the very last minute that I can to begin school with Jeremiah. The official first day of school is supposed to be September 3, but that seems a little early to me. We shall see!

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In our efforts to let Bethany enjoy her favorite summer hangout as much as possible before cold weather sets in, we paid another visit to Sylvan Beach last Saturday. Despite a mini meltdown on the roller coaster platform and a “sit-in” at the fast food joint that we stopped at so she could use the bathroom (which you can read more about at Riding the Roller Coaster With Dad), we had another successful outing to the beach and amusement park. This time Dad took a video of the two of them while they were riding the roller coaster. Do you think she liked it?

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It’s probably no big secret that Bethany experiences some pretty drastic mood swings. Click on the image to find out why we’ve had some really late nights over at our house!
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Many times in order to make a game playable for Bethany I need to simplify the rules a little bit. See how I modified the rules of one of her long forgotten games that Malcolm discovered while searching for long, forgotten cash in the gross, old couch we recently threw out at A Simple Game Modification
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Read my collection of news concerning individuals with disabilities, homeschoolers, Jesus Followers at What’s the Word Wednesay? #5

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Now it’s your turn! I hope you have been enjoying your last few remaining days of summer!

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A Simple Game Modification!


Recently we decided to get rid of our old and disgusting worn out couch. It was during my husband’s search through the couch in hopes of finding some long ago, lost and forgotten money that out he came across an old, long ago, lost and forgotten game of Bethany’s! Incidentally, he also found $3.25. Not much- but enough for a cup of coffee!

Upon seeing Go Nuts! again her love for it was renewed and we have been playing a simplified and modified version of the game just about non-stop ever since!

The original rules for playing this fun dice game are a little too complicated for Bethany to understand so we made up our own simplified and modified rules.

First we did away with the dog and dog house dice altogether.
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We roll the remaining squirrel, acorn, and car dice.
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Acorns are worth one point each.
Squirrels have no points but can be rolled again.
Cars have no points and can’t be rolled again.
We roll as many rounds as we want then we add up our points to see who the winner is!

Some other Gamewright games and products that my family enjoys are:

Feed The Kitty, Slamwich , Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Toss Your Cookies, and Little Hands Playing Card Holder








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What’s the Word Wednesday? #5

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1) I just watched The United States of Autism on Netflix! This is a documentary which follows around the father of a son with autism as he travels throughout the United States interviewing families affected by autism. In my opinion, seeing this movie should somehow be a requirement for EVERY AMERICAN! Please at the very least Watch the trailer below!

2) Check out Emily’s July Disability News and Blog Post Round Up at her blog Words I Wheel By.

3) Who is responsible for paying private schools for children with disabilities while special education disputes are in litigation? That’s the question being asked at Supreme Court Asked To Clarify Schools’ IDEA Obligations

4) This awesome young man who happens to have Down Syndrome owns his own restaurant!

5) Do We Really Need the Church? explores the different ideas of church as a community.

6) How does spanking affect a developing brain? Find out at Spanking the Gray Matter Out of Our Kids.

7) 46 Mommas’ Shave Their Heads For Cancer Research, Show Us What Bravery Really Looks Like


Sleepless in New York

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Bethany is now officially in her “upward” mood swing as we like to call it.

In this state she gets:
Very giggly and giddy
hyper
overly happy
very restless
She moves around a lot.
She changes her clothes even more than her usual a million times a day.
She manically tickles me, playfully swats at me, or touches me in some other way almost constantly.
She takes my glasses and runs.
She asks to plays hide and seek over and over and won’t take no for an answer- ever.
She asks to play a dangerous game of catch with the basket ball over and over and won’t take no for an answer- ever.
She wants to do school work at all hours of the day and night, even at midnight and won’t take no for an answer- ever.
She wants to watch DVD’s so very loudly that I am seriously considering breaking the TV!
But perhaps the hardest thing to deal with is that she rarely sleeps for days, even weeks on end!

Now don’t get me wrong. This mood swing is a hell of a lot easier to take than her angry, violent, and aggressive state.

And although I am living proof that a old woman can exist on 3 or 4 hours a sleep for days or weeks on end, it’s hard being forced to stay awake and I don’t like it-not one little bit!

I tried to get Bethany to settle down in bed at about 2 AM.  She was restless and kept climbing in and out of bed.  This picture was taken just after she had finally fallen asleep on the couch holding her beloved basketball at 5 AM.  She woke up again at around 9 AM.  I however never could fall asleep at all that night!

I tried to get Bethany to settle down in bed at about 2 AM. She was restless and kept climbing in and out of bed. This picture was taken just after she had finally fallen asleep on the couch holding her beloved basketball at 5 AM. She woke up again at around 9 AM. I however never could fall asleep at all that night!

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