Feeling the Love: Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Tips

Feeling the Love: Valentine’s Day Classroom Party Tips

I can’t believe how quickly 2017 is whizzing by. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re lucky, the thought of the holiday sends visions of roses and jewelry dancing in your head. But if you’re like many blind moms, Valentine’s Day also gives you the jitters, because along with the romantic pampering comes yet another classroom party your kid is over the moon about. You want to attend and support your child, but hanging…Continue Reading

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

Crock Pot Old Fashioned Irish Stew

I grew up in a home where we cooked and ate a lot of Italian food. Any meal without homemade sauce and a side of pasta was highly unusual. So when “Mostly Wonderful” brought me home to meet my future in-laws, getting used to their traditional meals was a bit of a culture shock – the Irish kind. My mother-in-law happens to be an amazing cook and one of the meals she loves to make…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: “9” Tips for Toddler Potty Training For Blind/VI Parents

Vision Aware: “9” Tips for Toddler Potty Training For Blind/VI Parents

Potty training your toddler is an exciting time! On one hand, you’ve reached the point in parenthood when you’re ready to bid farewell to diaper duty. On the other hand, the realization that your baby isn’t really a “baby” anymore is enough to break any parent’s heart. Blind parents need to be organized and systematic when undertaking the task of toddler potty training. Consistency and patience are necessary to help your child progress through this…Continue Reading

National Braille Press Valentine’s Card Spreads the Love

National Braille Press Valentine’s Card Spreads the Love

I’ll admit it; I’m a hopeless romantic! One of my absolute favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day, of course! Since becoming a mom, I’ve gotten my daughters into the spirit and together we make and mail dozens of Valentine’s Day cards every year.

In our house, every recipient on our list receives “2” versions of Valentine’s – one with braille and one without. I usually purchase the non-brailled cards from my local drugstore or online for less…Continue Reading

Lost Mittens, Burnt Lunch & Lessons About Self-Compassion

Lost Mittens, Burnt Lunch & Lessons About Self-Compassion

The sun streamed brightly through the trees, illuminating the large piles of crisp white snow as I rushed out the front  door. I chatted distractedly with my sister on my cell while grabbing the long blue sled from the front porch and tossing my son’s after school snacks and snow gear onto it before zipping off. My sister and I finished up our conversation as I walked the 1/2 mile to Benny’s preschool. I quickly…Continue Reading

Little Fighter

Little Fighter

The sidewalk slid beneath my boots. A long second hung in the air, a second when I knew I was going down and there was nothing I could do about it. Then I pitched forward and sprawled on the icy concrete in front of Taco Bell, struggling to catch my breath.

“Mom!  Mommy, are you okay?” My seven-year-old tugged on my arm, and my guide dog pushed her cold, wet nose into my face.

I did a quick…Continue Reading

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

To My Guide Dog’s Puppy Raisers: Thank You

I thought the sudden snow storm that Saturday morning was nature’s way of telling me I did not have to go tour pre-schools for my almost 4-year-old daughter. My husband, on the other hand, was hell-bent on not letting a little snow get in our way. We had arranged for baby-sitting with my in-laws and headed out the door that morning. Me, my husband, and my guide dog, Frances.

“Goodbye, Mama,” my almost 4-year-old shouted as I grabbed my…Continue Reading

Vision Aware: Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: “2” Cesarean Sections

Vision Aware: Birth Options for Mothers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired: “2” Cesarean Sections

Once a woman learns she’s about to have a child, her attention is immediately directed towards prenatal care. At the mid-point of pregnancy, approximately 20 weeks, doctors will begin discussing a birth plan with the expectant parents. A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for your delivery, including things like how to manage your labor pain. Having your wishes recorded in the form of this written document ensures…Continue Reading

“Mommy, What’s A Street-Walker?”

“Mommy, What’s A Street-Walker?”

“Mommy, what’s a street walker?”

The question took me by surprise. I paused at the corner a block away from the school, ready to cross the street, with my guide dog’s harness in one hand and my second grader holding tightly to the other. The wind sent the dry autumn leaves scuttling around our feet.

“Well …”  I thought fast. “A street walker is someone who …. Someone who goes around looking for trouble. Where did you…Continue Reading

5 Years, 5 Poignant Lessons Learned Though Blindness

5 Years, 5 Poignant Lessons Learned Though Blindness

“Alive Day” is a term used by soldiers who have been wounded in battle physically, mentally, or sometimes both. It’s the anniversary of the day their lives changed, surviving the impossible, while being unprepared for the emotional aftermath that will undeniably follow. While I’m not a veteran, I too have a distinct “Alive Day.” January 3rd  2012 – the day I became blind. 

That morning started much like any other. I had woken up to an empty house…Continue Reading

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