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August 6, 2010


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Peter Jr. is doing great. He’s sooooo close to walking. Right now he’ll take about four steps independently. It’s the cutest thing. He doesn’t walk these steps; he flat out RUNS. And then completely dive bombs to the floor. The pride he feels for himself is amazing. I looooove his smile!
I wonder if I’ll ever be able to make him understand just how incredible he is… How much I love him… How he makes me proud every day…
This child, not yet three years old, has changed my life completely. I love harder; see things differently; treat people better… I hope someday he knows just how lucky the world is to have him here.


July 19, 2010

Can You Save His Life?

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This boy needs a family. Please read.

June 26, 2010

The Boys

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Peter and his little brother Tristan. Aren’t they the cutest?

March 5, 2010

Extraordinary Clip

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February 4, 2010

Please Help!

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Lera is a gorgeous little girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 4 years old. She is quite high functioning, and doing very well. She has flat feet and a systolic heart murmur, but no major heart conditions. She is able to walk and climb, she eats by herself, dances, and understands and follows directions. She has also been transferred to the regular class, so she is living and learning with her typical peers.

Adoption requirements at
Upfront costs: $3000 agency fee + homestudy
For more information please contact Andrea (bamaroberts AT comcast DOT net)

I have $8605 in my grant fund towards the cost of my adoption!


This is a desperate situation. Lera will be placed in an institution, and will no longer be available for adoption, if a family doesn’t commit to her in the next few days. Her adoption is partially funded already. If you or anyone you know might be interested in adopting Lera, please contact Andrea at Reece’s Rainbow at the contact information above. Please feel free to copy and paste this post to your own blog as well, to get the word out.

Girl, Born August 7, 2005

January 20, 2010


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The following article ran in the Washington Post. It’s the story of a young man with an intellectual disability; a high school senior who managed to erase a stigma. The school district is my own… My son attends the elementary school… My heart is bursting with pride…
Please read, and yours will be too:

“Disabled have a dream, too
Chubbs Stillman, a special education high school senior, would make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proud. When Dr. King invited Americans to rely on “soul power” to fuel his dream, he could scarcely have imagined how Chubbs would use it to change a small high school in Missouri.

It all became clear on the night of January 4 when a Kirkwood High School basketball game turned into Chubbs’s very own showcase of righteousness. If it had been an ordinary game over the holiday break, the crowd would have been sparse. But all it took to fill the gym on that cold night was the word from Coach Bill Gunn: “Chubbs is going to play.”

Students turned out in droves. The stands were packed. It seemed as though every kid at Kirkwood wanted to be there to cheer for Chubbs Stillman. It had never seemed to matter that Chubbs was in special education–that he has an intellectual disability. He was going to play varsity, and the student body was united in excitement.
In the preceding four years, “Chubbs” Stillman had never suited up for a single game at Kirkwood. According to his mom, Ann Stillman, he’s an outstanding player. But when he tried out for the team, he didn’t make the cut. “He wasn’t bitter,” his mom said. “The plays and the strategy are so complicated in high school basketball. Chubbs just couldn’t keep up with all that. He just turned his attention to being a great manager and for the last 3 ½ years, he’s enjoyed it very much.”

But during those years, Chubbs did far more than overcome disappointment. He did something in high school that few people like him have ever been able to do: he overcame the prejudice that dominates the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Chubbs became popular.

In some ways,that’s unprecedented because the prejudice against people with intellectual disabilities is the most persistent and stubborn prejudice in the world. Still today, people with intellectual disabilities are routinely excluded, institutionalized, and denied basic opportunities. By the time they reach high school, most people with intellectual disabilities report that loneliness is among their most heart-breaking problems. Name-calling persists and often leads to deep emotional scars. An insidious discrimination abounds as people are routinely devalued.

But Chubbs Stillman has a kind of “soul power” all his own. Using his natural warmth and his endless positive energy, Chubbs has made Kirkwood an island of acceptance and inclusion. In 3 ½ years, Chubbs won over his peers with his own dream of a more welcoming world. “Everyone loves Chubbs,” according to his mom. “He likes everybody and is happy to see everybody. That’s contagious.” At the annual friendship dance, Chubbs was Homecoming King. In the hallways at school, everyone tries to get a second of Chubbs’s attention.

And in the game on January 4th, Chubbs played beautifully. He passed, he scored, and with the seconds ticking down, he drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the game. The crowd went wild and stormed the court. Chubbs’s whole family was there and watched with amazement as Chubbs was carried around the floor on the shoulders of his peers. Cheers were mixed with tears. The good kid had finished first.

A high school 3-pointer may not seem like an important step in social change, but I think Dr. King would understand: Chubbs Stillman is a leader of a civil rights movement too. Somehow, he changed the way people think, persuading teenagers to see the content of his character instead of the score on his IQ test. He’s a modern-day changemaker–a one-man force for fighting intolerance.

And give credit to all those students in the stands at Kirkwood too. I often hear people complain about this generation’s lack of political commitment, but those kids figured out that justice isn’t just for governments but for them too. They’re the ones who have learned to see beyond disability to “diffability”–to see that Chubbs has different abilities but abilities nonetheless. Many of them will graduate from high school having learned among the most important of life’s lessons: everyone has something to offer. No exceptions.

So on this MLK day, I’m nominating Chubbs Stillman as my favorite example of a man who is keeping the dream alive. His mom reminded me that she feels blessed in countless ways. “People have warmed up to Chubbs and loved him. We are spiritual people. God has had a lot to do with it.”

God had a lot to do with Dr. King’s dream too. Sometimes, you don’t have to do anything grand to cooperate in a blessing. Sometimes, it’s as easy as cheering for the good guy and reminding the world that everyone deserves a chance to shine.”


January 13, 2010

Young Girl Brings Down Syndrome Awareness to American Idol

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I don’t always watch American Idol, but I’m really glad I caught it last night. My favorite by far was a sixteen year old girl named Maddy Curtis. She is the ninth of 12 children, and her next-older brother has Down Syndrome. Her family also adopted three other boys with Down Syndrome. “They see the world in colors, and we need to see the world that way,” says Maddy. This
young girl really touched my heart. And she sings beautifully! I’ll be tuning in to watch her progress. Check out her audition:

December 28, 2009

Alternative Word Meanings

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Say What?! Funny, Alternative Meanings For Common Words

Arbitrator \ar’-bi-tray-ter\:
A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s.

Avoidable \uh-voy’-duh-buhl\:
What a bullfighter tries to do.

Baloney \buh-lo’-nee\:
Where some hemlines fall.

Bernadette \burn’-a-det\:
The act of torching a mortgage.

Burglarize \bur’-gler-ize\:
What a crook sees with.

Control \kon-trol’\:
A short, ugly inmate.

Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers \:
Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

Eclipse \i-klips’\:
What an English barber does for a living.

Eyedropper \i’-drop-ur\:
A clumsy ophthalmologist.

>Heroes \hee’-rhos\:
What a guy in a boat does.

Left Bank \left’ bangk’\:
What the robber did when his bag was full of loot.

Misty \mis’-tee\:
How golfers create divots.

Paradox \par’-u-doks\:
Two physicians.

Parasites \par’-uh-sites\:
What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pharmacist \farm’-uh-sist\:
A helper on the farm.

Polarize \po’-lur-ize\:
What penguins see with.

Primate \pri’-mat\:
Removing your spouse from in front of the TV.

Relief \ree-leef’\:
What trees do in the spring.

Rubberneck \rub’-er-nek\:
What you do to relax your wife.

Seamstress \seem’-stres\:
Describes 250 pounds in a size six.

Selfish \sel’-fish\:
What the owner of a seafood store does.

Subdued \sub-dood’\:
Like, a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines, man.

Sudafed \sood’-a-fed\:
Bringing litigation against a government official.

These words and meanings are from

December 24, 2009

School Made Ornaments

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Nick brought home an ornament that he made at school.
Let me begin by stating how much I appreciate that teachers take the time to make these with their students. With everything else that teachers must accomplish this time of year, their efforts are that much more worthy of praise. Of all the ornaments I’ve received in my lifetime, the handmade ones from Nick are my most treasured.

This year was not unlike most others. Nick brought home his ornament, and we hung it together with pride on our tree. However, everytime I see this year’s ornament, my stomach does a little flip and I experience a wave of nostalgia. You see; Nick’s in 5th grade, and I’m reluctantly realizing that this may be the last year that he’ll be making an ornament at school. Next year, he’ll be at the middle school, and I just can’t see it happening there.

More and more often lately, I’m being bombarding by feelings similar to this one. Where has the time gone? My little boy is growing up. It’s all happening way too fast. It seems like yesterday that he brought home he first school-made ornament: a darling cutout of his tiny handprint.

Please time, I’m begging you; SLOW DOWN!

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 14, 2009

Auction for an AWESOME Cause!

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Looking for some last minute gifts? A fellow blogger is holding an online auction to raise money for a miracle. They are adopting an adorable little girl from Europe.
The auction ends December 15 at 11:59pm, so don’t delay!

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