Category Archives: Past & Present Matters

Holiday Appreciation Gifting

The Holidays are always so amazing. The cooler air, decorations, events, mutual appreciation… I look forward to almost all of it. Gift giving, however, is a challenge. It is especially daunting when so very many individuals are responsible for the well-being of my special needs child.  There are PTs & OTs, Para’s, riding instructors and multiple volunteers, hospice nurses and social workers, respite aids, a bus driver and bus aid who are so very kind, school infirmary staff and even three teachers. Who am I forgetting?

X-Wing Wheelchair Costume

Feeling Star Wars for Halloween?

Last year I decked Riley’s chair out as an X-Wing Starfighter.  This wheelchair costume doesn’t need great skill, just a little imagination and patience. Thought I would share how Riley’s X-Wing came together.

Goodbye, Sleepy Beach Town

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.

Immokalee Road Tragedy Close to Home

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

Functional Skills Classroom Components

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.

Rayma school pic

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.

8th Kup & Our Papal Visit

8th Kup – Yellow Belt Testing, Eagle Martial Arts

September 24, 2015


This week we have opportunity to witness change in one of our most solid institutions; Pope Francis is currently touring the America’s. Visiting Cuba he asked all to “serve people, not ideas,”

Letter to the Governor

June 16, 2015


Office of Governor Rick Scott

State of Florida

Shall He Walk?

There are many questions for myself today. But, I have very few answers.

Give Me Food

Not a self-promoting post… I network market products and companies that I truly believe in.   This month I decided detox, an Arbonne program… a great program… which is working for me. Yay! But seriously:   Ever try to go to Mother’s Day Brunch with an amazing chef and a pastry chef who has been rewarded so many awards and accolades? (have you ever seen two elderly women go after the last hand crafted, chocolate peanut brittle, covered in a white powder so innocent it will remind you of your childhood,

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 along

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