Remember tomorrow is our first ever In Real Life event but it won’t be our last! Our goal is to give you opportunities to build your support network on AND off-site. We are working on more events for laster this year so stay tuned!
March & April Book Club Book
We’re very proud to announce that we’ve chosen site member Suzanne Kamata‘s anthology Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs.
The first collection of literary writing on raising a child with special needs, Love You to Pieces features caregivers’ perspectives at every stage in the lives of children with mental or physical difficulties, from premature birth to middle age. In this rich blend of short stories, essays, and poems, families cope with autism, deafness, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, other forms of retardation, and more, laying bare the moments of rage, disappointment, and guilt that can color their relationships. Parent-child communication can be a challenge at the best of times,b ut here we see the epic struggles and triumphs of those who speak their own language – or don’t speak at all – and those who love them dearly. Together, the authors paint a beautiful, wrenchingly honest portrait of what it means to care for a child who does not experience the world as we do.
We hope you will join us!
Welcome to our New Members
Aubrey L.: “I have a support group for others affected by premature birth (I was born three months premature) called www.precious-miracles.org as well as special needs (I work as a Care Aide within a school district). I want my website to be a place of support, encouraging words, a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on. Please visit my site to find out all the interesting offerings it has!”
Danielle: “I work in special education and am the proud mother of a child with special needs!”
Heather: “My daughter is 5 1/2 years old, and was diagnosed with CP around 10 months. It has been a long road and just intersted in meeting others with simillar life stories.”
Beth: “I am the very happy mom and 2 boys! Matthew is two and perfectly happy, healthy! Grant is going to be 1 in March and he is perfectly happy and for the most part healthy besides his CP he has! He is doing great and accomplishing so much! These boys bring so much joy to my life!”
Ann Rounseville: “I am currently a stay at home mom of an adorable 3.5 year old little boy who is diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Global Developmental Delay and Hypotonia. He is non-verbal but has the best belly laugh in the world! I am also expecting a baby in May. Life with our little guy has not been easy and I find meeting other parents of kids with special needs to be so very helpful and important!”
Jaymi Griesmeyer: “I am the mother of three amazing children. My oldest is 7, he is gifted and has generalized anxiety disorder. My second son is 6 and was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery when he was 5 days old. My youngest is a 3 year old girl who has epilepsy and developmental delays.”
Tisha Libbey: “i have a 5 yr old daughter with CP. she is legally blind, has a VP shunt and a G tube for all meals”
Kristy Allen: “Mom of son with developmental delay.”
Jenny: “I have mild Autism. I may even be Aspergers but I dunno. I have a little brother with sever Autism. I’m also a Christian. I’m a greatful believer and follower of Jesus Christ.” Jenny blogs at The World of Mismatched Socks
Deanne Webber: “I am the mom of 2 incredible children”
Have you added your blog yet?
There are lots of ways to help us discover your blog or website:
• You can add your blog feed to our site. Every time you update, we will pull in an excerpt and post it to our Blogging Our Lives Group. It will also show up in our activity feed that updates here and on our front page.
• You can add your blog address to your signature file on your profile.