iPad Winner for “Sam’s Top Secret Journal” Contest

Posted by on April 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm

“Sam’s Top Secret Journal–book 1–We Spy” is a fun, middle reader, chapter mystery that happens to have a main character with Down Syndrome. The reason for the book is multi-facited. 1.  Inspire,   trying to inspire families touched by DS by showing what can be possible 2.  Inclusion,  showing class mates, siblings, teachers what can be […]

Win an Ipad!

Posted by on March 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Raise Expectations is running a contest to win a new iPad!   The contest will start Monday March 4th and end April 17th 2013. Enter the contest by sending  in your answer to the question: “How did Sam describe her dad after trying out his new bike in their driveway on his birthday?” from the […]

Becoming a better Hobbit, Wizard or Human

Posted by on December 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

While riding my bike to work this morning I had one of those life changing moments when someone tried to run me off the rode then honked their horn at me as they did so. I was in there way and they were probably late for work.  This wasn’t some masked stranger but a neighbor […]


Posted by on November 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

Thanksgiving here was not our typical holiday. We still spent a lot of time enjoying food, thinking of family and friends and watching football, but Sean and Dev also had a new experience: Being on TV! Why?  Mainly to keep working on getting the message out there that the world will be a better place […]

“Be a Fan of Unity”

Posted by on October 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

That is the slogan on the Special Olympics Blog site.   What a great sentiment:  Unity, coming together as one, working for a common goal.  It seem so obvious, why is it so difficult? We are new to Special Olympics.  We have had limited interactions, Sean helped with physicals for a few years in Florida […]

Summer Sleep-a-Way Camp!

Posted by on August 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

The first time Dev went to sleep-a-way camp I was scared, “how many glasses of milk will she spill, with the other kids be nice, will she keep her hands off her face…”  The second time I was worried, “will the kids be nice, will she get bullied”.  The third time I wondered, ” Am […]

Wow, Still Up and Coming!

Posted by on July 10, 2012 at 7:20 am

  I’m so blessed to be too busy!  3 kids, 3 schools, 2 dogs, one wonderful husband and all that comes with a family!  I’ve been blessed to be a “stay at home” mom, a never ending, wonderful, crazy, unscheduled “Job”, since Dev was born in 1996. In my past life I was an Occupational […]

Up and Coming!

Posted by on May 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Wow so much has happened since the last post!  I’ve have been posting on Facebook, and will continue to while this site is being up-dated. We have so much to discuss!  IEP’s, Cheer leading, the Prom, Summer camp ideas! Dev also has a new blog of her own, the plan is for her to blog […]

Friendship Circle of Washington

Posted by on April 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The Friendship Circle program is amazing.  The main mission is to make a better world one friendship at a time.  This is furthered by facilitating friendships with individuals that have a difficult time making friends–kids with disabilities. There are chapters around the country.  The original one started in Michigan and they have an amazing program, […]

Open Dress Rehearsal for Shooting Star Cheer Team

Posted by on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hi everyone!  Sorry it has been so long, I have so much to write and catch up on!  School, Skiing, New Ideas, Looking forward to 10th grade, Nathan Hale Cheer, the Prom, Best Buddies and the Friendship Circle…and Shooting Star Cheer Team. So for time constraints I will tell you about the Shooting Star Cheer […]