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susan van Riesen
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A Fable about a Table
**Friends, this post is longer than my average post.  Please give yourself a few extra minutes to read.  To help you, I've put in more than the average number of photos.  Thanks for engaging with my life and my thoughts!   My husband tells me that his paren...
A Fable about a Table
A Fable about a Table
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Minor Miracles and Other Things that Keep You Going
Being fifteen has meant that Josh is sometimes aggressive.  When he wants something but can't have it, at times, he will grab, scratch and even hit people around him.  One time when we were in our van on our way home from a family vacation trip to Seaworld,...
Minor Miracles and Other Things that Keep You Going
Minor Miracles and Other Things that Keep You Going
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Swearing, Profanity, and Cursing
Today, as Josh was making himself some toast he dropped the butter knife onto the floor and immediately exclaimed, "Sh*t!"  I looked up with surprise in time to hear him say it again three times with vehemence, "Sh*t, sh*t, sh*t!" After surprise, came amuse...
Swearing, Profanity, and Cursing
Swearing, Profanity, and Cursing
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Clean, Dirty
Do you ever feel like the day can just turn on a dime?  One minute you are having a lovely, laughter-fulled time and the next minute things can go so very, very wrong so very, very quickly. Today, Hope and I went to Pet Food Express to give a bath to Luna, ...
Clean, Dirty
Clean, Dirty
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Echolalia from God?
Echolalia is " meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric or developmental disorder".  Josh has been exhibiting echolalia since he began to learn how to talk.  We've spend a tremendous amount of time trying to teach ...
Echolalia from God?
Echolalia from God?
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What I've Learned from Josh (A Guest Post from "Auntie Rachel")
I've known Josh almost since the day he was born. Susan and Alex lived upstairs from me and my roommate for Josh's first year of life. In light of his heath issues and my night owl tendencies, I had many middle of the night shifts feeding him very specific ...
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**Disclaimer.  This post is happy but a little gross.  If you are sensitive to talking about toileting, you might want to skip this one. Somebody say "hallelujah!"  Can I get an "amen"?  Gimme a hand clap!  Let's all whoop out loud for today my son took a p...
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Dead Hummingbird
Tough morning. Daddy is out of town. Mom forgot to set the alarm. We woke up just as Josh's bus was about to pull up at our house.  I tried to keep my voice mellow and subdued but I think I ended up sounding serious and intense.  "Girls, Mommy made a mistak...
Dead Hummingbird
Dead Hummingbird
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A Shared Joy is a Double Joy
Yesterday I took my kids through a drive-through car wash for the first time in their lives.  It was, to Josh, a revelation.  He was immediately enthralled by the experience, exuding a sense of awe that another person might have when observing the Grand Can...
A Shared Joy is a Double Joy
A Shared Joy is a Double Joy
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