Special Needs

Raising kids with special needs is hard than I ever imagined it would be. In 2002 and 2015 Chuck and I adopted babies with special needs. Both were drug and alcohol exposed. One would later be diagnosed with autism. In 2010 I gave birth to our youngest child, Apollo, who was born with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital heart defect. Come read my stories and share in our heartbreak and triumph as we raise children with special needs.

Heart Buddies

Apollo and Josiah For years I’ve been attending Above Rubies Retreats down in Olympia, WA. And for years, Nicole has been doing registration (more often than not with a baby in a sling or a toddler at her side). We’d say polite hellos and enjoy our weekend. Just after Apollo’s first birthday, Nicole’s son Josiah …

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Avi and Apollo’s birthdays are only a day apart, so it only makes sense to celebrate them together (this will likely change as they get older and want different activities). I was having some difficulty in coming up with a theme that  would be equally pleasing to a two-year old boy and a seven-year old …

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All Night Long

Photo taken with my 50 mm 1.2 lens. Yesterday morning I headed outside for the first time in a very long time to take some photos…just because I wanted to. No pressure. I felt a little more rested than usual. The sun was almost peeking out. My children were all occupied in non-nefarious ways. The …

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