For the Times When Others Don’t Get It – A Letter to Special Needs Parents

Olaf cupcake

Olaf reminds us to “Let it Go.”

This inspired me greatly. So often we judge or fail to forgive. This letter reminds us to be kind and let go of our pent-up anger.

Here is a link: For the Times When Others Don’t Get It. Enjoy and pass on this wonderful letter.

10 Character Traits I Want to Teach My Children

I love this list! If I ever have children, these are items that I want to teach them. Reading, independence, working hard – what a wonderful list.


To be independent. I want each of my children to have the ability and confidence to live an independent life, making their own choices based on their own values, and not feeling limited by their own fears or insecurities. I have to remind myself of this when it would be easier for me to “fix” one of their problems, than to let them figure it out themselves.

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To reasonably assess risk. Risk management is a huge part of everyday adult life. So whether it be climbing trees or jumping off of the playground, I fight my helicopter-parent instincts every day in the hopes that by allowing my children to self-monitor their own risk-taking (age appropriately, of course) I’m teaching them skills that will last…

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Listaliciousness: Weird Al with “Yoda,” Amateurs, and Jealous Batman

Break is officially over for me. Tomorrow, classes begin. I feel mixed about starting on this last part of my journey at this university. Leaving will be bitter sweet although the bitterness has brown lately.

Anyway, here are the links like every Sunday. Enjoy!

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Recovery in the Media. #40. The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Sweet but honest, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is as quirky and hopefilled as its main character.

Sweet but honest, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is as quirky and hopefilled as its main character.

40. The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Sometimes, a preview for a movie piques your interest right away and makes you wait in anticipation for its release. That is what happened for me with The Odd Life of Timothy Green. A cute child, loving parents, dreams fulfilled, a tad of magic, lots of imagination – it sounded like just the film for me. Although I did not see the movie in theaters, I snatched it up the first chance I had at the library. What I expected to be a happy family show turned out to be deeper and more beautiful than I had thought. Although a bit different some of the films I have reviewed, this film has some messages that could be helpful in recovery such as hope, dreaming, and the importance of family.

Synopsis: Cindy and Jim Green are a happy young couple. Everything seems lovely in their life except for one thing: they cannot have a baby. Heartbroken, the couple writes down qualities in their ideal child. The box containing these traits is buried in the backyard in a attempt to move on with life. However, that night, a strange boy with leaves growing on his legs shows up at their door. Immediately Cindy and Jim are taken with this sweet and innocent child. As they welcome him into their life, things begin to change. Everyone who knows Timothy is touched by his honesty and kindness. Yet, as the summer draws to an end, the leaves on Timothy begin to color and fall. Will this child just brought into the Green’s life have to leave again?

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