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Bloorview School Authority’s Wendy Howes


Wendy and I. She even takes time for parents and their annoying picture requests!
I’m sure each and every one of us can remember a teacher or administrator who made our lives a little bit easier in school. Now as a parent, I’m grateful for fabulous teachers/administrators/therapists who make my children’s lives better. On May 29, I was walking down the hallway at Jillian’s school- the Bloorview School Authority when I was met with a panicked face and news that shocked […]

30 Things My Girls Should Know About Me


A long, long time ago, I started a writing prompt to make me write more often. I clearly didn’t keep up with that. Since my last post was such a downer, I figured I could make things fun again this way.
I’m not overly surprised that when I originally started these questions I had only written about 2 of them! An Into and 20 Facts About Me. Let’s get the ball rolling again.
Describe Three Legitimate Fears you’ve had and how they […]

Parents Need rEcess Too


Remember growing up and people asking you what your favourite subject at school was? And someone would shout  “recess” even though that’s not a subject? This time it really is a subject, sort of!
Jillian is so fortunate to have gone to the Bloorview School for the past 3 years. We’ve met some incredible people. I think it was in November when one of the EA’s from Bloorview asked if I had heard about rEcess. I hadn’t and she explained. Once […]

Mother’s Day is Creeping Up


I tend to dread a few dates every single year. May 10th happens to be one of them. Lucky for me, May 10th is also Mother’s Day, another day that brings me sadness. Yes, I’m a mother. I’m so incredibly proud and honoured to be a mother. Especially to my two beautiful girls.
What’s different about this year? May 10th happens to be the date of the last conversation I ever had with my mother. And this year marks 10 whole […]

Some Enchanted Evening


Two weekends ago, the girls had some pretty exciting milestones. Lauren went on her very first sleepover! This was huge for her. She’s shy and reserved (most of the time!) and didn’t feel comfortable leaving us at night. We even tried to have a sleepover in our basement and she wouldn’t stay downstairs. Had to come back upstairs to sleep. The other thing that makes this so remarkable was that she was over an hour away from home. In the […]

Moving On Up


Waaaaaay back in January, I wrote about how 2015 is starting out as a stressful year. And it really hasn’t gotten any less stressful yet. As we are getting ready to transition out of the Bloorview School, I’m left feeling overwhelmed, nervous and weary. And I’m not alone. My friend Kara also has a son transitioning out of the Bloorview School and into a community school. Is it the fear of the unknown? That’s probably part of it for me. […]



I am so very fortunate that I still have many friends from high school. Most people lose touch after moving away from home, college or working. For me, it was difficult to keep in touch during the school year but we always caught up during summer vacation. Those are my favourite kind of friends- time can pass and whenever you get together again, you pick up exactly where you left off.

This is my friend Christie. We met in grade 8, […]

Special Needs and Social Media


Special needs and social media seem to go hand in hand these days. When Jillian was first diagnosed, I didn’t know many people in Toronto, let alone a friend who has a child with special needs. Since we live in a technology fueled world, I took to the internet to find other parents like me. Starting this blog, reading other blogs, joining groups on Facebook. The internet became my lifeline. And in a way it still is. Knowing that I […]

2015 Might Break Me


Hard to believe we’re already two weeks into January already. And already I’m thinking this might be the year that breaks me. Clearly, I’m probably being a little irrational but let me tell you some stories. We’re now looking for schools for Jillian to transition into. Her current school ends after grade 1 and even though I know we’ll be super prepared for the transition and Bloorview will help us find a good fit for her (and us!) but it […]

So…About That Wheelchair


Dear Mom from the Children’s Christmas Party Tonight,
Hi. I’m not even sure you saw me, although it’s slightly hard to miss when I’m walking behind Jillian. She’s cute, right? So is your son. Hopefully I wasn’t looking wistfully at your son. I never want to change Jillian but sometimes I get a little sad watching a child who makes walking look so easy. Jillian has to fight against her muscles to walk.
Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. I’m writing this […]