We’re making changes

Growing up, I always knew I wanted a job with a purpose. What I didn’t expect was for my cup to overflow. It took 26 years to get there, but it was worth the wait. The seed was planted in my youth—watching my mom and dad with careers that made them excited. They loved what they did […]

Silence isn’t bliss

There was a time when I thought silence was bliss. But then my son stopped talking. It wasn’t sudden—a slow progression over the last year. Now, the silence in my house is deafening, and it doesn’t feel good—to say it’s unsettling is mild. We have a new diagnoses to digest and manage—selective mutism—often brought on […]

The Gift of Accessibility

As December winds down, I like to take time to reflect on the past year. So much has happened, and so much has changed.  Change can be something you never knew you needed. It can be something that brings joy or improvement—a gift.  When I moved to Michigan, it was a drastic change. Everything was […]

Tools for Success

Difficulty with transitions, needing extra time on activities, having problems with writing and communicating, and learning appropriate interactions with peers— these are just a few of the struggles we started noticing in our son, Phillip when he was young.  At age three, Phillip couldn’t verbalize more than one or two-word sentences. When your child can’t […]

Farm Day Accessibility

Family Hope Foundation recently held a family event at Critter Barn!  Their new location provides an accessible learning experience for everyone who wants it—a perfect fit for our mission and guests.  We had so much fun spending time with our community on that day. We witnessed the joy and power of connection animals bring into our lives!

Did I Do Enough?

Occasionally I forget to log a new password in my books—convinced I’ll remember—only to require a reset the next time I log in. Some of these resets arrive in an email with a link that offers a slim ten-minute window before expiring.  

This past weekend, I traveled with friends to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to visit my best friend. After a long six-hour car ride, we surprised her and made plans to go out to dinner—we decided on sushi.

The “What Ifs”

I read—a lot.  I lean toward fiction, and I’m sure you’ve probably heard the saying, “there’s truth in fiction.”  Well, I tend to agree. And, sometimes it takes fiction to wake me up to some aspects of my reality. Case in point—a line in a recent book read, “Anxiety can be very convincing. Don’t believe what it is telling […]

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