Inspired by Riley

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Let Freedom Ring: Riley Style!!!

Does anyone know why there are no knock-knock jokes about the Fourth of July? ,… Because freedom likes to Ring! Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

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What does it take to be a Special Needs Dad

What does it take to be a Special Needs Dad? 1.)    Have fun: Being a dad can be fun. Honestly, I never wanted kids but couldn’t imagine my life without them. It Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

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Word of the Week: Dichotomy

Word of the Week: Dichotomy. A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. I always loved this word. I was the only Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

John as event photographer for the March 22nd-23rd, 2014 Naples Equestrian Challenge Horse Show.

lesson’s from Riley

Things I do for my son that I wish I would learn… (and what he teaches me) Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Bean Bag Toss

Field Day, Special Olympics Florida 2014

So many activities and organizations designed for special needs children sound out of reach for Riley’s abilities.  That has always included Special Olympics.  Over the past several years however, Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Healthy Inside and Out

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Why is it so important to gain control over your health?

As life demands our attention, most of us allow our health to slide.

Let Freedom Ring: Riley Style!!!

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Does anyone know why there are no knock-knock jokes about the Fourth of July? ,… Because freedom likes to Ring!

Loggerhead Tracks

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Happy 4th of July!

Our family has been earning our own Independence, one day at a time.

Improv

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Ronan and I ventured out with friends to an evening of Improv at Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Breathing Just Fine

The boys return from shopping with Daddy.
She started out the day all confidence with a great big smile that drew Riley and I toward the school bus. As she struggled to lower the wheelchair lift, Riley’s bus attendant introduced herself to Riley ignoring the fact that he was not yet noticing her. I knew he would eventually warm to her as he figured out that he would be going to ESY (Extended School Year). The bus driver appeared in the open doorway to greet Riley and secure him safely on bus 27125.

What does it take to be a Special Needs Dad

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What does it take to be a Special Needs Dad?

1.)    Have fun: Being a dad can be fun. Honestly, I never wanted kids but couldn’t imagine my life without them. It is fun. If you let it be:

Word of the Week: Dichotomy

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Word of the Week: Dichotomy.

A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

I always loved this word. I was the only one who got it right on a quiz once. But I guess I have come to question/hate/understand it a great deal lately… I guess this is one for the blog…

Going

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Recently we visited our first potential residential school for my 15-year-old son Alex (PDD-NOS). The car service whisked us for two hours to a sprinkling of one-story buildings across what no doubt was once a meadow. These schools seem to be mushrooming and expanding; many of the buildings smelled of new lumber and of crisp appliances just released from cartons.

The staff made us welcome, fetched us bottles of water and said Alex would spend most of our visit in a classroom. “No!” said Alex, pulling away. “Car!”

lesson’s from Riley

John as event photographer for the March 22nd-23rd, 2014 Naples Equestrian Challenge Horse Show.

Things I do for my son that I wish I would learn… (and what he teaches me)

Field Day, Special Olympics Florida 2014

Bean Bag Toss
So many activities and organizations designed for special needs children sound out of reach for Riley’s abilities.  That has always included Special Olympics.  Over the past several years however,

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