Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: The Bridal Shower

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We had Rebekah’s bridal shower last Sunday and it was so much fun and an overwhelming success!

The plan was for Malcolm to come along just in case Bethany wanted to escape or needed to make an early exit.

It turned out that she had a blast so all he had to do was take a nap in the car! !

Bethany  was quite the social butterfly and thoroughly enjoy walking around hugging old friends that she remembered from our church attendance days!

It has been probably over five years since Bethany and I set foot in church so I was waiting for the roof to cave in!!!

I was actually very surprised that she didn’t just want to lie on the couch in the foyer like she always did, but then there was a new couch sitting in a new spot. It was not familiar looking to her.

I wonder if she would have stayed there lying on the couch if it had been exactly as she remembered it. She’s so into her routines and rituals. Who knows really!! I was just overjoyed that she actually joined the party!!

I had determined beforehand that I would not try to keep Bethany from eating any of the goodies, even though I knew that if she ate too much sugar I’d probably pay for it later in bad behavior.

But I really, really, really wanted her to have a pleasant day out and I knew if I tried to restrict her from eating anything, that I’d just start behavior issues while we were there.

As it turned out, she never even asked to eat any of the cookies, candies, or pizza because she was way too busy socializing!!

Rebekah had set things up so that Bethany would sit next to her and help her open presents.

Bethany was soooo adorable! She would rip little pieces of paper off the gifts and then put each little scrap on Rebekah’s lap! She ate up all the laughs and attention she got for being so cute and funny!

This successful party gives me great hope that she enjoy the wedding reception just as much!!

Rebekah got lots of amazing gifts from her very generous friends too, I might add!

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I was very pleased to find that NY is in the top 5 best states for services for the disabled!! This list is published each year by the United Cerebral Palsy Association and offers so much more information than just the list of states.  You’ll see how each state performed in six different categories!  If you are interested in these facts please visit, Top 5 States With the Best Services for the Disabled

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May is brain Tumor Awareness Month!

When Bethany was diagnosed with a Pediatric brain tumor in 2000, we knew there was something wrong going on, but we never really imagined that she would have a 7 cm. pilocytic astrocytoma roughly the size of baseball growing inside her head or that it was just hours away from killing her!

Please check out a little bit about Bethany’s experience at my post, Pediatric Brain Tumors. You’ll also find a few facts about pediatric brain tumors and lots of very helpful resources for families going through the horrific experience of having a child diagnosed with a brain tumor!

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I’m sharing at:
The Homeschool Link-up

Now It’s your turn! I hope you’ve all had an awesome week! I’d love to hear all about it!!

8 Replies to “Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: The Bridal Shower

  1. How wonderful it is that Bethany was able to enjoy herself so much socially. I am glad Rebekah had such a great shower. Many blessings to her!
    Yes, it sure seems like New York has much better services than Maryland, which is probably one of the worst places.

  2. How great that the shower was enjoyable for every one. I love how Rebekah had a special spot for her sister and let her participate. Such a lovely big sister. Enjoy your weekend!

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