The other day during Joseph’s home visit, while he was waiting for his sister to get a wagon ride, he looked at me and said, “YOU HAVE TO BE PATIENT IN LIFE AND TAKE TURNS!” as he was pacing back and forth. He has come a long way to say that, in the past, he would have had a meltdown if he didn’t get what he wanted right way! He is maturing right before my eyes, and trying very hard to control his impulses and anxiety!! read more →

I witnessed a young homeless man and his dog crossing the road during a red light. A guy in a big SUV became outraged and tried to make it look like he was going to hit him and did, in fact, come close to hitting the dog. The homeless man was definitely a little intoxicated. He started yelling at the SUV: “just come talk to me about it. I’m a human too.” He seemed about to cry. read more →

I was in a HEB (in San Antonio, Texas) the other day and I nearly passed out in the store (I’ve been very ill — I have a chronic illness). The cashier while I was waiting to check out was super, I told her I was about to pass out, she got me a chair and a bottle of water. The manager asked if I needed an EMS I told them I’d be fine, I just needed to sit for a bit. The manager got me a wheelchair with a basket so they could wheel me out to my vehicle and helped put my groceries into my car. read more →

I was inspired to do an act of kindness for a friend today after reading about a brave young boy who visited the ER after an incident at footy.

Bumble-at-EmergencyHe was in a lot of pain and the damage was unclear, but he left the ER feeling sorry for all the other children who were there. The following day Campbell (Bumble) returned with 3 teddies that he’d made himself to give to children waiting to be seen by the doctor. read more →

It was Thanksgiving Lunch at Maggie’s Middle school.

As my son, John stood next to Maggie the vice-principal of the school came to meet him and said, “You must belong to Maggie”. John smiled and said, “Yes I do!”

The vice-principal told John what a lovely girl Maggie is. That she has a wonderful attitude and is friends with everyone. She also commented on the fact that as a new middle-schooler, each student got to choose an elective class. It could have been art or music and indeed one of the options was to work with the mentally handicapped. And this was the choice that Maggie had made; to be a peer tutor. read more →

It was an easy task to fly to Arizona, stay for a few days, and then fly home with my grandson in tow. All the Minnesota relatives were anxious to totally spoil him for 3 ½ weeks.

11-year-old Brady had been anticipating this for months. read more →

I didn’t have enough at the register one time when my son was a baby. I was only short a few dollars or so. read more →

Friday, 5 August life was ebbing away from my poor old mum, just a few weeks short of 93. She had been unwell for such a long time we all knew the inevitable could happen anytime. read more →

There are good people out there. After my 12 hour shift, I was driving home thinking about dinner (forgot my lunch) and I got a flat tire. I pulled off the freeway and had to stop in a turn only lane with my flashers on. I called AAA and they said they’d be 45 minutes! read more →

A book. One single book. Many people don’t realize how important having one book can be in the life of a child. But believe me, just one book can mean the world. I know this because I have seen the joyous expressions on children’s faces as they receive a book to keep. read more →

My youngest (10) likes to help out around the house as much as he can. Dishes, feeding the dogs and vacuuming, even though it’s had for him to push it back and forth. He helps prepare food and clean up after meals. read more →

I went shopping today; I hadn’t wanted to go alone because it can be pretty difficult when you’re on crutches, but I didn’t have any help so used a driving cart. read more →