Day 6: Fresh Pasta, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, and Meatballs


The sixth day was St. Nicholas day! The kids were excited to rush to the tree to find what St. Nicholas had left for each of them. Continue reading


The Empty Box

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I opened the crisp envelope, just knowing that it would contain a glowing evaluation of my genius son.  Knowing that all the hard work he has put in will shine through.

I began reading it with a smile and ended it in tears, he did not meet one goal.  Not ONE.  His speech therapist wrote kindly of how hard Marshall works, how he is laser focused, how much he impresses her.  All the things you would hope to hear, yet no goals met.  Marshall’s speech is estimated to be 40% intelligible to those not familiar to him.  How?  He works so hard! Continue reading

#GivingTuesday Bonus Post: Why CASANA?



  On this #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to charity, I realize that some might be curious as to why we chose Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) as our favorited charity this year.  After all, I explained why various KC baby charities were our charities of focus last year.

Because every baby deserves to be as content as baby Marshall
   Last year, I mentioned that Mads had somewhat of a speech delay.  That was a little bit of an understatement, at this time last year Marshall was virtually nonverbal and mainly communicated with some sign language, pointing, grunting, and physically showing us what he wanted.