the last week

It’s going to be a short week. It’s going to be a busy week. It’s going to be a hectic week. It’s going to be an emotional week…so many feels…there’s no getting around that. It’s going to be a happy week. It’s going to be a week of graduations, celebrations and lots of pride…so much pride.

Let’s start it off right with this.

I can’t imagine never not being amazed with this kid of mine. I imagine that he will soon grow tired of my amazement because he is almost a teenager as he likes to remind me pretty much every day. That’s okay. He can do that. I, in turn, will always marvel over the miracle that he is because, trust me, sitting by his bed every single day of those 132 days in the NICU watching over him the last thing his father and I could imagine was moments like this. Living through all those days filled with so much pain, anxiety and hope we kind of earned the right as NICU parents, because although we left the NICU with our baby boy 12 years ago, the NICU never leaves us. So yeah, we’re just a little bit emotional and over-the-top proud of this amazing, miraculous child of ours.

He’s proud too.

He should be. He worked very hard all year long for this.

Of course his teachers, aides and even the principal are proud of him. I like that you could see that pride reflected in the faces of his teacher and his principal as he accepted his awards today. I know that his principal gets just how remarkable all of this is for Daniel and for us. Having sat with her many times in a NICU years ago caring for her baby and supporting her I know that she knows.

And now there is literally only three more days of school.


do good for the kindest and the sweetest

I hesitated for a moment sharing this but, well, it is a need that will not be met any other way.

iPad for Learning!

My students are excited to use technology in our classroom! When they see an iPad their faces light up!

My classroom consists of Mild/Moderate Special Education Students. They are the kindest, sweetest students. They make teaching such a joy!

My students have their own personal learning struggles in all academic areas, but try so hard to achieve. They strive to learn!

I would like to continue developing new learning centers in my classroom. Adding centers with iPads would be so exciting! Today’s students learn with technology and we need to keep up with the latest technology! The iPad center would offer a new way to develop language arts and math through the multitude of applications out there!

Adding an iPad to our classroom will make learning more exciting for my students. I know they will feel so proud to have a classroom with an iPad learning center. They will look forward to using the new technology daily.

Many of my students don’t have the resources at home to have Internet access, computers, or other technologies that could help them achieve. Having access in our classroom would give them academic benefits as well as exposure to technology they may not have at home.

This project will benefit Daniel’s class! If I was queen of the world, they would have an iPad Air for each one of the kindest and sweetest 4th, 5th and 6th graders that I know. Mrs. Bradshaw is truly a talented and passionate teacher with a heart for each and every one of her students. Yes, Daniel is fortunate enough to have access to technology at home but he is the minority in this special ed class at his school.  From now until Sunday, January 26 any donation will be 100% matched! The added bonus is all who do donate will receive personal thank yous from the kindest and sweetest students around…including Daniel.

I have shared in the past how it seems that the special ed class always seems to get what is left over and is often counted out. My readers came through years ago with a school fundraising project that won the special ed class the ice cream party…much to the surprise of the PTA. I would love to see something like that happen again except this time a couple of iPads in Mrs. Bradshaw’s class.

Thank you!

play it again: ornaments

After an encounter yesterday at the dance studio with another child demanding to know “What’s wrong with him?”, referring to my son patiently waiting for his sister to be done with her dance rehearsal, I found myself considering two things: a- to take the little hellion darling out and teach her a thing or two about grace and manners because clearly someone else isn’t; b- try to be patient with the little hellion darling even if she is behaving horribly rude to my child. I chose “b” and I won’t lie, it was excruciatingly difficult until this morning when I discovered that the little hellion darling is my daughter’s buddy on the competition team. Oh you sweet little girl…bless your darling, little heart! Yes, I just said that in my best Southern accent. In all seriousness, I do hope that she will (like the rest of Jodie’s team and everyone else at the studio has) come to appreciate just how awesome and magical Jodie’s little brother is.

This post was originally published December 1, 2011.

a paragraph by Daniel, third grade:

Today I hung my Christmas ornaments on the Christmas tree. I have twenty six ornaments. Mom keeps them in a box for me. My favorite is an airplane.

Every year for Christmas I give each of the kids an ornament to add to their own collection that someday they can take for their very own Christmas tree in their own home. Added to that collection are other ornaments they have received as gifts and ornaments they have made through the years. For Christmas 2008, I gave Daniel an airplane ornament to remember his very first ride on an airplane. It was magical, very magical.

At school every week he is expected to write a paragraph of three or more sentences about any subject that he wants to write about. He pretty much always struggles with coming up with a topic…and then sentences. Sorry, but writing definitely does not come to him easily like math does for him! But this week, after hanging his ornaments on the tree, he had no trouble at all deciding what he wanted to write about.  Just like his first ride on an airplane, it was magical watching him write this paragraph. Almost as magical as it was to watch him admire and remember all twenty six ornaments that belong to him…magical! Almost as magical as he is.


He is!


Just in case you might have missed my shameless Mommy-bragging all over social media. And because I can’t help but super proud, again. And because I just have to celebrate, again.



And just like last Spring, in 4th grade, this kid worked his butt off to earn that honor roll. Kudos his pretty kick-ass teachers too, especially his mainstream class teacher who emailed me earlier in the year when Daniel had a solid D in one subject asking if we could amend his IEP a little so that Daniel could succeed. His teacher also carved out a little extra time to work with him a little one on one too. The result was Daniel brought that D up to a B.

This kid.


NaPhoPoMo day 13