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The Power of One Kindness

I’m lying flat on my back in bed, typing this on my phone. Won’t be very fancy, but I wanted to encourage you, parents.

Yesterday was a tough day for me. Dr. J had virtually no ability to focus and just about as much capability for self-control. I cried.

Today I hurt my back exercising. I cried. Made it to the bed and asked Dr. J to get me the ice pack. Not only did he bring it, he wrapped it in a dish towel for me. He brought in my laptop and turned on Piano Guys. With my instruction, he was able to heat up the heat pack in the microwave. He would not have been able to do that yesterday. He made me a get well letter from his fish.

Meatball cried with me, brought me my water glass, and drew me a picture.

Don’t give up, parents. Today my boys are showing me kindness. Keep modeling behavior and persevering!

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Merry Christmas!

Wow, November and December have been crazy. They were very hard. We were all sick in November, and then Dr. J ended up in the hospital over Thanksgiving. He will be ok, but it was very draining, and his illness (HSP) could return. He has experienced some regression as a result of being sick, and this mommy was in lock down survival mode. Period. Continue reading


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Wednesday’s Woman–Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Cancer Survivor

Today’s Wednesday’s Woman approached me about something else for my blog. When I heard what she had to say, I decided she needed to be a Wednesday’s Woman! And now, here is Heather in her own words.

My Name is Heather Von St James. I am a mesothelioma cancer survivor. When I was just 36 years old, I was diagnosed with this killer.  Mesothelioma claims the lives of 90-95% of those who have it. I am one of the very few lucky ones to have beaten this disease. Continue reading


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Thanks, Ms. J!

“I have a present for you,” I said as I slid the wrapped item across the counter. Just a slight moment of hesitation, and then understanding washed over her features. A smile spread across her face. She knew what a special moment this was for me. She oh-so-carefully unwrapped the package, and I could hardly contain myself. I think the others at the counter wondered what was going on. Continue reading


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Wednesday’s Woman–Bobbie Padgett, Mrs. Kansas

Well, this is a FIRST for Many Hats Mommy! Remember Bobbi Sheahan, author, from a few weeks ago? She recommended her friend Bobbie for a Wendesday’s Woman spotlight. I confess I’m not much of a pageant girl, but I love her adoption focus, and I also thought it could be a lot of fun. So, here in her own words is Bobbie Padgett.

Hi my name is Bobbie Padgett. I live in Topeka, Kansas and was crowned Mrs. Kansas 2012 on Labor Day 2011. I am excited to be representing the fine married women from the great state ofKansas. I married my high school sweetheart and the love of my life, Barry, over 17 years ago and we have five amazing children; Sylvia (16), Catherine (15), Thomas (13), Anna (11) and Alexander (15 months). Our youngest is adopted. Continue reading


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It’s Early! Let the Giveaway Begin!

SURPRISE! Wit & Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids has made its Amazon debut early! That means it’s time to get this giveaway STARTED! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!

You can now read a piece by yours truly that has never before been in print. And, no, I won’t be putting it up on the blog.

You can now laugh and cry as you read heartwarming stories from parents of children with autism spectrum children. Continue reading