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How I Made Valentine’s Day 2017 More Special This Year!

Valentine’s Day 2017 has now come and gone! I hope your day was filled with plenty of fun and lots of love and laughter! If you have previously read my post, Preparing for a Very Special Needs Valentine’s Day Celebration, you’ll already know that I really wanted to make Valentine’s Day more special this year! […]

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Another Typical Sunday in the Life of my Special Needs Family

It’s just another typical Sunday in the life of my special needs family! Even though we are Christians, as you read on, you’ll notice that a typical Sunday for us does not include going to church! That’s because we gave up going to church quite a few years ago. There are a few reasons why […]

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Ordinary Adventures of a Teen Age Brain Tumor Survivor

My 18 year old daughter, Bethany is a 16 year brain tumor survivor! It’s been both an honor and a privilege being her mother and primary caregiver all these years! As we all know, life in general has its ups and downs. The life of a teen age brain tumor survivor has its ups and […]

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Lights on the Lake and Destiny USA: Our Holiday Season’s Last Hurrah!

Taking a road trip out to Syracuse for a drive through, Lights on the Lake, and Destiny USA brought our holiday activities to an end! Every year on New Year’s Day we pack away the Christmas tree and all our holiday decorations. Removing all traces of Christmas has always been very depressing for me. This […]

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Phillips Family Special Needs Christmas Celebration 2016

I’ll be perfectly honest with you all.  We were not really expecting our special needs Christmas celebration to work out very well this year! We tried to remain, optimistic, upbeat and hopeful. But frankly, we were sort of expecting this year’s special needs Christmas to be a disaster! Last year, Bethany had a major meltdown […]

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Disappointing Disasters and Amazing New Developments: DITL

It will never cease to amaze me how Bethany can go from having major difficulties handling disappointing disasters one day, to accepting and handling similar situations well, the very next day! As you may know, Bethany has been having difficulty understanding that Kristin,  has moved away and will no longer be working with her. Accepting […]


Surprise Visit to Bethany’s Sister’s House: A Day in the Life

Last Sunday, Malcolm, Rachel, Jeremiah, and I set off on a journey to pay a surprise visit to our daughter, Rebekah and her husband, William! Our visit wasn’t meant to surprise them, though! They knew we were coming! We had arranged the whole event with them, in advance! Our surprise visit was actually for Bethany, […]


Special Needs Snow Day In the Life of Bethany, a Special Needs Teen

Bethany began concocting a special needs snow day plan as soon as she noticed it was snowing again last Sunday night!! It had snowed for the first time this winter earlier that day and she had really enjoyed building a snowman with daddy! *This post contains affiliate links Enjoying snow is a new phenomenon for Bethany! […]

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Bethany Takes Her Fuzzy Friends the Woolly Worms to the Dentist

It was time for Bethany’s dental appointment, but she just could not bear to leave her fuzzy little friends, the woolly worms at home all alone! My husband and I really didn’t see any harm in bringing them along to the dentist with us…especially if not bringing them was going to cause a problem. A problem […]


Bethany’s Happy 18th Birthday Party: Featuring Barney!

Some of you may remember back in July that we were very disappointed when Bethany’s dream was not delivered by Barney, as had been promised! So to make up for that and to make Bethany’s milestone 18th birthday party special for her, I began dreaming about inviting Barney to it! But there was just a […]