Inspired by Riley

2008

14th Birthday

Sunday, Riley turned 14. One photo for each of the years. Rough start, but through the Journey you have taught me (us) so much about being a parent and who we are. Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

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ER Tour

Riley’s school reading across my phone during the school day would normally put me on guard immediately. However, Riley’s bus could not even have reached the school yet. “Hello, I am the Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

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Sparring

John and Ronan have been preparing this past year to enter martial arts tournaments with their Tae Kwon Do Sparring mates.  The first tournament finally presented itself this past weekend as IMAF Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Riley is in better shape than me! Look at those abs! Ok, that was a time ago. I think we are even now.

Enter the Teenager

I have kids (Wow.. who would have guessed 20 years ago!)… But now the next milestone… I have a Teenager! Riley turned 13 this past weekend. Reflecting back lots of memories and Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

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Preserving the First Day of School

We are on the countdown for the first day of school.  Sharing our Special Needs Journey. More »

Mother & Child Cruise

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Riley and I had the pleasure of being guests on a Freedom Waters Foundation cruise of the Naples area aboard The Edison Explorer. Gretchen Scott Designs sponsored the Sunday morning trip for special needs individuals and their moms.

14th Birthday

2008

Sunday, Riley turned 14. One photo for each of the years. Rough start, but through the Journey you have taught me (us) so much about being a parent and who we are. Here is to continued Joy in 2016 and more embarrassing photos. We Love You Riley!

2002… Months in hospital… all behind him/us.

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Goodbye, Sleepy Beach Town

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7/14/16 Seems rather a sad way to spend my birthday, seeing my city in jeopardy. The life we have here with Riley is at risk. Learning just yesterday from a friend that a road would possibly be coming down my own backyard, I attended a City Council Workshop, City of Bonita Springs, Florida Thursday July 14, 2016.

Coast Causes

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Gathering Riley up from school Monday for OT earlier this week, the woman at the front desk handed me a page from newspaper.  She had spotted Riley in The News-Press of Fort Myers, April 18th, 2016 Causes: Toast of the Coast page 3D.

I just love the little gestures!

Immokalee Road Tragedy Close to Home

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We all heard the news Wednesday morning reporting the accidental death of a teen but made no connection. Unfortunately, there is a very real connection. Nicholas is a special needs rider with Naples Equestrian Challenge as is my own child. I have been watching and identifying with Theresa’s trials for years. Now I can only imagine her grief and how her future has changed. Please take a moment to say a prayer for Nicholas and family. Should you wish to help please send donations to the address below.

Boy with Special Needs Killed in Collier County

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We were blessed yet again to have the wonderful not-for-profit Freedom Waters Foundation

Functional Skills Classroom Components

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Time for this mom to begin doing serious planning on research concerning IEP’s and the school environment.  Riley’s school career had a rough start, however his elementary school experience has been a very healthy and positive experience.

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Rayma school pic

This school year Riley has moved on to a Middle School.  The new classroom situation is best described as underwhelming.  This is not a situation I find I want to continue to send my child into each day. To make changes, it is time for me to fully understand what his needs are and what should be expected of his school.

ER Tour

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Riley’s school reading across my phone during the school day would normally put me on guard immediately. However, Riley’s bus could not even have reached the school yet.

“Hello, I am the Vice Principal of Riley’s School….”she started. “We have been trying to reach you.” You have?

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Dear Mom

We did not know each other

Early this morning I followed through on a shared post

I felt you in my heart since the first moment I learned of you

This news report was brief, unemotional

Yet I recognized you and your child

I know you intimately

Sparring

IMAF 10-15 (3)

John and Ronan have been preparing this past year to enter martial arts tournaments with their Tae Kwon Do Sparring mates.  The first tournament finally presented itself this past weekend as IMAF at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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