“Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb”

Lisa:  Some of us care WAY too much about what other people think.  Well, let me tell you:  Giving birth to a child with Down Syndrome can cure this notion in one split second.  You either allow yourself to feel awkward about something your child said or did, or you decide...

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“Blessed Holy Week”

Lisa:   As Christians all over the world prepare for Easter, I would like to wish you all a blessed Holy Week.  Over a year ago, Sophie and I embarked on a journey to start a blog and to launch a public speaking career.  Thanks to my cousin Dalia Nino for...

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“No More Snip Snip!!!”

Lisa:  People with Down Syndrome (DS) are proportioned different than the general population.  Though there are obvious variations between individuals, most have shorter arms, legs, and waists.  Their shoulders tend to be narrower, and they are usually of shorter stature.  And THIS my friends is why it is so frustrating...

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“Reach Higher”

Lisa:  Sophie and I are very grateful to the organizers of Leadership Geauga for allowing us to speak at last month’s Human Services Day seminar.  Our presentation entitled “Reach Higher,” was a chronicle of the family’s journey with Sophie and our quest to help her reach her full potential.  Sophie...

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“Have No Fear”

Lisa:  After all these years of pushing to further Sophie’s development, even I sometimes find myself imposing limitations on her.  Parents of special needs children, have you ever found yourselves stuck in the status quo because it’s comfortable?  I believe we subconsciously allow ourselves to remain stuck because we fear failure.  Fear...

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“Chef Sophie: Shrimp with Pomegranate Sauce”

  Lisa: Here is one of the many recipes from Chef Sophie’s repertoire: Shrimp with Pomegranate Sauce Ingredients 8 medium-sized shrimp 1 small onion, diced coconut oil salt, lemon pepper, paprika to taste 1 tsp freshly grated ginger drizzle of pomegranate molasses juice from one lemon Directions Sauté the onions in...

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Video: Brain Drain or Mind Find

Lisa:  When I was younger, my parents would get upset with me for watching too much TV.  However, my “excessive” habit doesn’t even compare to the video/handheld device addiction of today’s youth!  Is all video bad?  Absolutely not.  In fact, if strictly limited and utilized in the correct way, video...

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“Pure, Clean Living: One Piece of the Puzzle”

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Lisa:  My family and I have been searching for ways to live healthier, less toxic lives.  Thus our efforts to grow our own organic food (see previous posts about Sophie’s vegetable garden), cook from scratch, and exercise regularly.  I have also been researching levels of toxins in the average American household,...

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