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Amanda Downey
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Happy Easter
I've been relatively quiet about our SMS experience lately. We've found a fairly reasonable rhythm. We've largely accepted our lives as they are. We've found our SMS normal after 10 years of practice. It's not easy, but we're surviving, and even thriving at...

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A good moment
Some days are good. My parents took Finleigh overnight last night, so I slept in. And when I woke up I lingered in bed. Because I could. While there, I went on to social media to find that both my husband and my best friend had posted two excellent articles...

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Stop talking down to me
One of the things I find the very most frustrating as a parent of a child with special needs is the way professionals talk down to me. It's bothered me since the very first thing I had to take Finleigh to as an infant, but has begun to irk me more and more ...

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Tired
I'm not just tired, I'm exhausted. I'm tired of being limited because of SMS. I'm tired of not being able to head downtown with the kids for a couple hours because someone loses her crap within 10 minutes of leaving the car. I'm tired of having to carry my ...

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Storm coming
I walked here today. It took me maybe 10 minutes, and that was going the long way around. 10 minutes to this little piece of paradise. I sat by the stream that fed this small lake. I love streams. I love the sound of moving water. It doesn't matter what it ...

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Respite
The view from our living room.  We are now in the Alberta Rockies. At a pretty incredible place, with views of the mountains, for HALF what we paid for that smelly dump in Edmonton. We are happy and at peace. I'm listening to birds singing as I type. If I c...

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Fort McMurray Wildfire: The Morning After
Waking up the next morning brought a profound sense of thankfulness and disorientation. We'd been so worried about making it to the city, that I could still barely believe we'd made it. I found myself glued to social media, the radio, TV. We were horrible c...

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Fort McMurray Wildfire: My Evacuation
I'm from Fort McMurray. Did you know that? Probably not. I've always been pretty quiet about where I'm from. You know... for privacy. Or something. So yes. I'm from Fort McMurray. But I'm not living there right now because my entire city of 88,000 plus or m...

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This morning
We pull up to the school just as the bell is about to ring. Finleigh waves at her friends. One of the girls waves back and starts walking toward the car. I've never seen this girl. I have no idea who she is. Finleigh jumps out. I put her backpack on her bac...

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Rollercoaster
What  rollercoaster my life has become. In many ways life is easier and I feel more in control of my life. I've started my graphic design business (website still in progress) and I am deriving a great deal of satisfaction from my work. I love it. And I like...
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