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How I am Learning to Fly in the Midst of Transition

How I am Learning to Fly in the Midst of Transition

It is 8 AM. I walk into my quiet house, and I stand in the kitchen. Breakfast dishes are piled next to the sink, waiting to be loaded into the dishwasher. The stools around the kitchen island are pushed out, a reminder of the people sitting on them an hour ago. I can hear the hum of the refrigerator; I can hear my own footsteps. When is my house ever this still? With no one around, I wonder what I…

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Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

This was first posted on March 2, 2015. It some ways it surprises me that this is still so applicable to my life, and in other ways, it does not surprise me at all. Life is funny that way. Our struggle—our cross—may take a lifetime of carrying, and yet how often do I just wait for it to disappear? Sure, our cross might look differently from year to year, decade to decade, but often it is the one way God has invited us…

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Celebrating the Feast of St. Lucia

Celebrating the Feast of St. Lucia

For as long as I can remember, December 13 has been an extra-special day in our family. It is the Feast of St. Lucia, which is my daughter’s name-day. She has loved this day and the saint we celebrate ever since she could grasp its specialness. We have cinnamon rolls for breakfast and read a favorite book about St. Lucy. Since her birthday is in the summer, she usually brings treats into school on this day. But six years ago, a…

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Day 25: #31 Days—Dyslexia is a Family Lesson in Love

Day 25: #31 Days—Dyslexia is a Family Lesson in Love

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. (1 Corinthians 12:26) My daughter tends to go with the flow. She cheers on her sister at volleyball games, plays cars with her little brother, and helps out in the kitchen. She is pretty low key, not demanding a lot of extra attention. She does receive extra time and attention because of her Dyslexia, though—tutoring twice per week, help with homework, comforting when her…

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Day 17: #31 Days—How Dyslexia Softened My Heart

Day 17: #31 Days—How Dyslexia Softened My Heart

When my daughter was in Kindergarten, she often cried in the mornings, and I didn’t understand why she dreaded going to school. From my perspective, Kindergarten was fun, creative, and colorful. What could possibly induce tears? Because I didn’t understand what my daughter was feeling, I often got frustrated with her. Her overwhelming emotions added stress to an already-busy morning routine. I had to walk her into the building, when her friends were walking into school independently. She clung to…

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Day 13: #31 Days—Sharing Our Story at CatholicMom.com

Day 13: #31 Days—Sharing Our Story at CatholicMom.com

Today’s post was first published on CatholicMom.com. Looking back on her preschool years, I now recognize the early warning signs, such as difficulty hearing rhyming words, like cat, hat, and mat. Throughout Kindergarten, I saw her struggling, but I wasn’t worried, until I started receiving notes from her teacher that she falling behind. In Kindergarten? Really? No amount of phonetic worksheets would catch her up, though. Nor would a repeat of Kindergarten. You see, my daughter has Dyslexia. She is the one…

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Day 11: #31 Days—Incorporating Tutoring Techniques at Home

Day 11: #31 Days—Incorporating Tutoring Techniques at Home

Since June, I have sat in on most of my daughter’s tutoring sessions. To think back to her first few sessions and how she struggled still breaks my heart. But observing her has increased my compassion for how truly difficult reading is for her, as if I can feel her pain now more than ever. It also has taught me how I can support her. As I reflect back, I also see the progress she has made. To witness her breakthroughs and pure successes, I am so very proud…

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Day 3: #31 Days—What is Dyslexia … And What is it Not?

Day 3: #31 Days—What is Dyslexia … And What is it Not?

As a parent of a Dyslexic child, I have suddenly been immersed in a topic I never thought I would know about. Like many things, if it does not affect us personally, often times we don’t have much knowledge of it. But when my daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia, I wanted to know what she was going through. I wanted to grow in empathy, so I could help her, encourage her, and support her in this journey. I wanted her…

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Day 2: #31Days—Scripture Sunday

Day 2: #31Days—Scripture Sunday

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away.” (Matthew 19:13-15) When I first suspected that my daughter might have a learning disability, like Dyslexia, I wasn’t really sure what to do. I felt overwhelmed,…

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Day 1: #31Days—Welcome to One Mom’s Journey With Dyslexia

Day 1: #31Days—Welcome to One Mom’s Journey With Dyslexia

The month of October has always been special to me. For one thing, I love the fall season, and in October, autumn is in full swing. Also, fifteen years ago this October, I said, “I do,” to the most wonderful man in my world, and we began a beautiful and blessed life together. Last October, I shared on my blog how the month of October is dedicated to the Rosary in the Catholic tradition, through my series 31 Days With Mary….

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