Inspired by Riley

Riley sleeps through it all. Photo by Dania Maxwell, Naples Daily News.

Keep the Beautiful in Bonita

Last Saturday the boys and I met up with Ronan’s Honor Society, BHS, in old Bonita to participate in the Keep The Beautiful in Bonita Springs.  I was determined to take Riley Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Classroom Valentine Art Feb 2015

Valentine Wrapping

The last few months of our journey have been a little extra challenging.  But now it’s time to resume Riley’s Smile. Last Thursday I discovered John working on Riley’s chair.  Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Riley grooming Majesty at Naples Equestrian Challenge. January 12, 2015

a little voice

We are very fortunate to have a kind and caring team of driver and attendant. Truthfully we have been very fortunate over the past several years, discovering kind and compassionate people behind Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

New Year's Eve

Welcome to 2015

Riley’s Smile was missing much of 2014.  This past year we took a few too many steps backwards and his smile actually went away. My goal for 2015 is to return Riley’s Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

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A Guide to Holiday Routine

A Guide to Holiday Routine (sucks but doesn’t suck)… (subtitle ‘Tis the Season) Routine will help you survive… Routine normally sucks. Every day the same. Know the schedule on the caregiving, medications, Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Field Day 2015

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A great disappointment came early this year when we learned that the Special Olympic’s of Lee County had decided against holding the annual Field Day for ESE students. 

The Truth about Yes” & “No”

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A few weeks ago our little family ventured beyond the boundary of SWFL.  I know: it’s hard to believe.  We are trying to become more active as Riley becomes healthier and we have more energy and time to explore.  Our adventure took us to the Tampa Bay Aquarium where we met up with Miss Jessica, Riley’s 2013-14 ESE teacher, and met her beautiful one year old son for the first time.
Seeing her reminded me how one determined teacher with a mission can make a difference in the life of a child and their family.  This is especially true for children with learning disabilities.  Miss Jessica taught Riley to signal “yes” and “no!” Riley could communicate!

Painting with a Twist

Quantum Life

Join us for Sunday evening for a Painting With A Twist fundraiser to provide Riley with his own iNfinity App.  The evening, organized by our friend Donna Lee (readers know her as Riley’s Massage Therapist), is going to be great fun with some amazing people.  I hope you can join us!

Keep the Beautiful in Bonita

Riley sleeps through it all. Photo by Dania Maxwell, Naples Daily News.

Last Saturday the boys and I met up with Ronan’s Honor Society, BHS, in old Bonita to participate in the Keep The Beautiful in Bonita Springs.  I was determined to take Riley along

Valentine Wrapping

Classroom Valentine Art Feb 2015

The last few months of our journey have been a little extra challenging.  But now it’s time to resume Riley’s Smile.

Family Brunch

Out for Brunch at Collier’s Reserve Country Club, Feb. 15, 2015.

Last Thursday I discovered John working on Riley’s chair. 

a little voice

Riley grooming Majesty at Naples Equestrian Challenge. January 12, 2015

We are very fortunate to have a kind and caring team of driver and attendant. Truthfully we have been very fortunate over the past several years, discovering kind and compassionate people behind that school bus. Our driver this year has even gone to the Transportation Department successfully requesting to change the route to shorten Riley’s ride time. As usual, Riley is the most fragile on bus 27125 and both driver and attendant do every thing they can for their precious riders.

Welcome to 2015

New Year's Eve

Riley’s Smile was missing much of 2014.  This past year we took a few too many steps backwards and his smile actually went away.

My goal for 2015 is to return Riley’s smile to him and keep it there.

A Guide to Holiday Routine

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A Guide to Holiday Routine (sucks but doesn’t suck)…
(subtitle ‘Tis the Season)

Routine will help you survive… Routine normally sucks. Every day the same. Know the schedule on the caregiving, medications, therapies, bedtime/awake time, naps (yeah, right!) … Routine kills me. As a former adrenalin junkie/Generation Whatever… But, routine can help for the holidays. Spend your time with the same people and in the same places: Rule #1

Halloween Tie Fighter

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Riley’s Halloween costume was a great success!

Yes on 2

Halloween Tie Fighter. Yes on 2!

For those in Florida tomorrow is voting… Please Vote “Yes” on 2 (the marijuana amendment). Yes, the way it is written is flawed

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