Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Sean and I are blessed to have 3 wonderful kids.  Parenting is the hardest job ever.  Most of us when we think about having kids we only think of the baby.  We do not think about “tweens” frustrations or adolescence rebellion. Our oldest will be off to college this fall and our youngest moved out […]

Devon’s Vietnam

Posted by on April 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Here are Dev’s thoughts about Vietnam in her own words.  I did add a few punctuation marks this time and lead her a bit with the ideas, but the rest is all Dev!  She had to do a power point for school too Hi I’m Devon. I would like to share my story about my […]


Posted by on March 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Wow it is hard to believe, we will be in Vietnam in less than a week. We will be having some fun, teaching some medical stuff and some conversational English.  We will also be leading by example when it comes to INCLUSION and ACCEPTANCE. The new story about the teen with DS that made the […]

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 […]

Can Biking really Lead to Driving??

Posted by on July 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

We love to bike.  We prefer to stay on multi-use paths, but, clearly, these get busy and there are a lot of things to navigate and manage.  Dev did not learn to ride over night, but it has been worth all the effort!  Here’s her bike story: First time on a tricycle with a push […]


Posted by on July 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

Driving a car is such a big deal here in the states.  Independence, identity, freedom are all associated with getting a drivers license.  So.. Is it realistic for Dev to drive and get a license? Dev is not our oldest, so we have been scared by the idea of one of our kids behind the […]

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 […]

Rescuing and Hope

Posted by on January 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

We have had an amazing January.  Everyone going in different directions, and doing well.  Our oldest is a junior in high school and is starting to have some insight and thoughts for the future…   Our youngest is starting to figure out if you work at something and it turns out well, it is fun!  Dev […]


Posted by on October 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Welcome to Raise Expectations. This site will discuss many aspects of raising our expectations for kids with special needs and provides useful resources to assist you . I hope you will return often and contribute with your stories (Share page) and comments to these blog posts. Also, feel free to contact me using the information […]