Holidays

Christmas in Uganda

It needs to be said. For a mzungu (a foreigner), Christmas on the Equator is a little … weird. You’ve got the sun shining away at a pleasant 80 or…

Christmas, Special Needs, and Surviving Gatherings

It’s the Christmas season again. Time to get out the decorations, visit with family and prepare for tantrums, stripping naked, and for asking to go home as soon as we…

Unwrap The Nativity

Each year around this time we lovingly unwrap the nativity set that my mother made for our family a decade ago. Each fired piece of clay is simply painted with…

Room for One More

“Mrs. DesCarpentrie, do you have room for one more?” It’s a question I have been asked several times from a Department of Children & Family Services caseworker, scrambling to find…

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him!

I love this time of year and everything about it! The tree, decorations, and parties! If you were here in person, I’d fix you hot chocolate and your choice of…

Homeschool Holiday Volunteering!

What are you doing for your Christmas homeschool break? Shopping? Traveling? Opening your home to family and friends? Have you thought about adding “volunteering” to your holiday festivities? Many homeschooling…

Ditching the Holiday Diva

Some people look forward to the holidays. Some dread it. Some can’t remember what day it is in general. As a mom of two—one “neuro-typical” and one with autism—a cancer…

All I Want For Christmas Is You

I am a straight up Scrooge until Black Friday. Can’t stand the site of a Christmas tree until then, and I gasp if anyone plays Christmas music. (Anyone?) Not this…

Looking Forward to the Long Car Ride … Amazingly Enough!

For the holidays every year we have very specific traditions in our family. For Thanksgiving we load up the kids into our minivan and drive 14 hours to Michigan, where…

Fourth of July, Big Gatherings, and Autism

Another holiday filled with family, noise, and chaos looms ahead. While it can be fun, for Rachel and her autism it can also be problematic. We often don’t get invited…

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