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Day In the Life of a Special Needs Homeschooling Family!

*This post was originally published on 1/26/15 Ever wonder what a typical day is like for us, a not so typical special needs homeschooling family? If so please read on and watch our video! If the thought has never crossed your mind, well then I invite you to continue reading anyway! Because of Bethany’s unpredictable […]

Winter Walk Through Animal Adventure Park

Some of you may remember that last August, Rebekah and Rachel joined us for an amazing Visit to Animal Adventure Park! We were on a mission to feed April the Giraffe! All of us, including Bethany, thoroughly enjoyed every minute we spent interacting with the animals there! (This post contains affiliate links.) So when Bethany […]

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Disappointment at the Carousel!

Bethany loves riding carousels so it’s pretty lucky that we live not too far from the “Carousel Capital of the World! The Binghamton area has earned this nickname because it is home to six beautiful antique carousels! These carousels were donated to the city by Geroge F. Johnson of the Endicot Johnson Shoe Company with […]

Medication, Christmas Trees, Marbles, Toilets, and Chocolate

Take a stroll down Memory Lane with us and see what life was like for my special needs family back in December 2012! At the time I originally wrote this post, Bethany had been having 10-50 tonic clonic (grand Mal) seizures every week for 12 years! She had once again been admitted to Albany Medical […]

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Helping Children with Special Needs Express Emotions

A version of this post was first published in 2015 How can we help children with special needs express emotions safely and appropriately? I have a sixteen year old special needs daughter and at this point in time, I don’t believe she understands her own feelings and emotions or how to demonstrate empathy to others who […]

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Bethany’s Surprise 19th Birthday Party

Bethany’s nineteenth birthday was fast approaching! My husband and I were wondering how in the world we’dd ever be able to top the excitement of last year’s birthday party with Barney. We wanted her nineteenth birthday to be just as fun and exciting as her eithteenth was. After much thought and deliberation, we finally decided […]

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Bethany Goes to The Pumpkin Patch

(This post was originally published on 10/12/12 and contains affiliate links.) It was a warm, gorgeous, sunny day and my husband, Malcolm had the day off. Bethany was in a happy mood, so we decided to risk disaster and drive an hour through the colorful countryside and some quaint little villages to pay a visit […]

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Enjoying Life Again!

I’m so thankful that Bethany’s (and my own) depression has finally lifted! As you know, Bethany spent much of spring and the beginning of summer very depressed and lethargic, mostly because of experiencing a series of losses, one right after the other. In my opinion, Celexa, the antidepressant she is taking has literally been a […]