“My Dance Is My Prayers”

Josh dancing at a church picnic

[Full disclosure: I have been compensated for writing this post.] We all have our own way of worship and prayer. Josh does too. Some people doubt that people with Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities can really have a relationship with God, but one summer day, Josh put my mind to rest. During a day … Continue reading

Today’s “Josh-ism” (Stereotypes – Not for me)

From the archive: Originally posted 4/2/1 Took Josh for his regular check-up and to get his thyroid and cholesterol meds refilled today.  While we’re waiting in the office for the doctor to come in he says: “I’m an old man trapped in a kid’s body.” It struck me as funny that it’s completely opposite of … Continue reading

Today’s Joshism – Leftovers Galore!

From the archive: Originally posted 4/18/13 Josh and I are “scheduly challenged.” Ok, by that I mean we don’t keep to a schedule, of any kind.  We don’t even keep the same schedule between us. So, when I fix his dinners, I usually put them in plastic containers in the frig so he can eat … Continue reading

Theory Meets Reality – Again

From the archive: Originally posted 4/24/13 This morning I had another taste of “theory meets reality.” Cautious or Over Protective? This next month will bring two important dates for someone important to us.  It’ll be a year since our friend had what doctors call “the widow maker” heart attack, and he’ll turn 50.  I vividly … Continue reading

My Son Is Different – And That’s OK!

From the archive: Originally posted 4/29/13    A thought that’s been weighing heavily on my mind lately is one that’s not going to be popular.  It seems to go against things that are important to me and many others.   But, if I’m going to be true to myself and to Josh, I have to say it.  … Continue reading

Make it a habit….

From the archive – Originally posted 2/6/13 Me:  (As he’s leaving the room)  Hey Josh Josh:   (He waits a moment, then comes back in) I’m still here.  Yes Mom. Me:   I love you Josh:  (Laughs)  You always say that!  I love you too. He thinks it’s funny, and that I’m silly,  but at … Continue reading

He is who he is – or wants to be!

From the archive – Originally posted 2/25/13 One of the great things about Josh is that he isn’t afraid to be whoever he wants.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like he’s just unaware of what other people think.   He’s said before – “I can’t wear that out – I’ll look like a dufus.” … Continue reading

Ya just never know….

Josh is One of a Kind on Walkersvillemom

From the archive:  Originally posted 1/21/13 Me: “I think we should clean your room.” Josh: “Why?” Me: (hmm..) Well, your birthday’s coming up. Don’t you want a clean room on your birthday? Josh: “Yes! Yes I do.” Me: (wow… that actually worked.)

Just for Fun Friday – Happy 4th!

Just for fun Friday

      Josh loves his sunglasses:  The future’s so bright – he’s gotta wear shades!

Josh is born! (Our beginning)

Baby Josh

Welcome Josh! (and the snow) Initially written and posted Januay, 2013.  Re-posted today as part of the #NeverAlone campaign on @Lettercaseorg When Josh was born, I was 20 years old and single.   I was thrilled and prepared (or so I naively thought) for what that meant.   I was also completely ignorant about the path my … Continue reading


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