Blog Post # 54: Using My Stubbornness

Recently I asked my husband and my sister Deb to tell me what they saw as my characteristics. I found it very interesting that they both included “stubbornness” in the lists they gave me.  Thinking about it, I not only agreed with them, but it reminded me how that trait was the driving force behindContinue reading “Blog Post # 54: Using My Stubbornness”

Blog Post # 53: Family Sayins’ I Grew Up With

I just sent a sympathy card to a friend. The heart-felt words suggested were “Memory of those we love stays in our hearts forever.” So true! I have lots of memories of those I love that are now in heaven.  One way I remember them is when some situation leads me to hear one ofContinue reading “Blog Post # 53: Family Sayins’ I Grew Up With”

Blog Post # 52: Road Rage!

In preparation for relating the following story, I asked the two people who know me better than anyone to describe my character. Among the many attributes my husband listed were such terms as “Soft-hearted, mild, loyal, smart, stubborn, focused, creature of habit”. My sister Deb’s thoughts, while including a few of those negatives only aContinue reading “Blog Post # 52: Road Rage!”

Blog Post # 51: Look Back and Laugh

Some memories may certainly be difficult or painful. Isn’t it great that they can often be balanced with those that only bring a smile, if not outright laughter!  Here are a couple of mine that definitely fit the latter category.     Squash Salad One summer while I was in college, my little sister ElizabethContinue reading “Blog Post # 51: Look Back and Laugh”

Blog Post # 50: Embarrassing Moments

Awkward Teenage Years I was 17, and had only started dating a few weeks before. I was holding hands with my date, and thought it would be romantic to kiss his hand. So I lifted his hand to my mouth and proceeded to plant a big kiss on my own hand! I was so discombobulatedContinue reading “Blog Post # 50: Embarrassing Moments”

Blog Post # 48: Raising Alexandru, Part 4

“Independent Alexandru”: Childhood Strengths Our goal has always been to help Alexandru be as independent as possible. Despite his multiple challenges, as a child, he showed many behaviors that showed promise of acting independently. For example, it seemed he had no trouble communicating basic needs non-verbally when he was sufficiently motivated, as in the followingContinue reading “Blog Post # 48: Raising Alexandru, Part 4”

Blog Post # 47: Raising Alexandru, Part 3

As I wrote about in my previous “Raising Alexandru” posts, Part 1 and Part 2, mothering a multiple-challenged child comes with a multitude of hurdles, sometimes with a simultaneous moment of humor. There were also times of breakthrough worthy of celebration. Here are a few more of each. Cows are cool! Puppies, not so much.Continue reading “Blog Post # 47: Raising Alexandru, Part 3”

Blog Post # 46: Raising Alexandru, Part 2

In Blog Post # 44:  Raising Alexandru, Part 1, I related several of our adventures while raising Alexandru, starting with bringing him home from the orphanage. During that time we were constantly learning more about him, including a diagnosis of Autism and ADD and the challenges and behaviors that often accompany those parts of hisContinue reading “Blog Post # 46: Raising Alexandru, Part 2”

Blog Post # 45: Disowned!! An Unexpected Postscript

Karla’s story  I talked about my Dad giving me the “Disowned” treatment in my blog post a couple of Fridays ago in  Blog Post # 43:  Disowned!!!  To recap, I had skipped school, he got mad and for a month wouldn’t speak to me and pretended I didn’t exist. I couldn’t take it anymore andContinue reading “Blog Post # 45: Disowned!! An Unexpected Postscript”

Blog Post # 44: Raising Alexandru, Part 1

Challenges and Different Abilities Ever since I first met our son Alexandru, 23 and a half years ago, when he was almost 4 years old, the word “challenges” has become a frequently used word in my vocabulary. I also frequently hear the word “disability” but I prefer to say “different ability”. As I recounted inContinue reading “Blog Post # 44: Raising Alexandru, Part 1”