• 12 Valentine’s Day Books For Your Little Cupids

    The day of love is just around the corner! As you all may remember from Christmas, I love holiday books. They add a theme and a variety to our at home library. As we approach our next major commercial holiday, I set out to do some research and read over 30 cupid-themed books. I selected my 12 favorites (in particular order) that you may want to consider gifting to your little ones next Thursday for Valentine’s Day. I’ve provided affiliate links (at no cost to you but help our family) to Amazon and all are available with Prime – so you have plenty of time to order! Yippee skip hooray.…

  • Find Your Voice Girl!

    A few weeks ago, I had my first opportunity as a mother of a special needs son to step up and advocate in a childcare scenario.  I started a Bible study group on January 8th. The main reason I chose this group was because they offered childcare! SCORE. I remember mentioning in an email to one of the childcare facilitators that Hudson has Down syndrome but did not think it was relevant to mention that he was a non-walker.  The morning of my first time attending this bible study went smoothly. Hudson has struggled with separation anxiety but it improved over the holidays with family in town. I wasn’t worried! …

  • Sibling Love: Third & Final Video

    Tomorrow is the last day of October, which means Down syndrome awareness month is coming to a close. Last year, I didn’t really do anything to celebrate the month. I remember seeing other people post about it but wasn’t sure where “my place” was in spreading awareness and encouraging acceptance. One year later, I have found my place and my voice advocating for our sweet little Huddy Buddy. I’ve had the chance to share so many wonderful accounts that celebrate Down syndrome through Instagram. I shared with other moms about the joy that siblings bring into a special needs family dynamic and created three videos. I designed and printed postcards…

  • Sibling Love Video – Part Two

    As October is winding down, I am still going headstrong with Down syndrome awareness and acceptance month! Thank you to everyone for your love and support with the first video I released last week. I love reading comments and seeing people share the videos and posts. When you have a child with special needs, there is a looming thought in the back of your head….will the world accept and love my child? Or will they only see differences? Knowing that there are so many lovely people out there in the world that want to support not only our baby Huddy but all of his rockin’ friends – well that brings…

  • Hudson’s First Birthday

    He’s one year old! I’m sure every new parent feels this way at his or her child’s birthday – but I don’t know where this year went. I remember those few moments before he was born and knew life was about to change; it’s similar to the same way I felt when Tyler & Emily walked into my apartment so I could meet them for the first time. The pitter patter of my heart was quick but so full of excitement, love, and joy! When deciding how to celebrate, I knew I wanted something intimate. There was a day back in February where I thought I might want to plan…

  • July 4th – 2018

    Happy July! I cannot believe we are over halfway through with 2018. Even crazier (well at least for me), I left my job more than 6 months ago. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how life would feel without a corporate gig – but looking back at all the blessings (and adventures) over this year, I am so grateful I took this leap. Thank you to you all for following along and supporting me through this journey! How did you celebrate the Fourth of July this year? I have always loved the Fourth of July – the colors, the sense of unity we have as a country, fireworks sparkling in the sky,…

  • Spring Break – Newport Beach, CA

    Spring break has come and gone! It’s a line in the sand for those of us in Chicago – the worst of winter is behind, but we still come home to chilly weather. Maybe 4 weeks left…maybe 6….but usually no more than 8 weeks left. The weather in Chicago is weird. I’ve been here almost 7 years and I’m still not used to it. Somehow I’m shocked when I keep my heavy coat out until May 15th. I wonder if I’ll ever get used to it…as I’m writing right now, it is raining outside and a brisk 37 degrees with a 50% chance of snow in 6 hours. So let’s…

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    Guest Post – The H is For

    Happy Thursday Moonbeams community! We have just returned from Spring Break in Newport Beach with Grandma & Grandpa and are getting back into the groove and routine of our home life; post to come next week with deets from our trip! The kiddos come back tonight from a cruise with their mom and the other side of their family. Soon we will all be reunited and I cannot wait to celebrate Easter all together this Sunday. I have yet to share my guest blog post on The H is For – although some of you have read it on Facebook. So here it is…follow this link to read! Backstory – I have…

  • Hudson – 10 Month Update

    Hudson is already 10 months old! For so many reasons, I wish I would’ve taken the “jump” on this blog when Hudson was younger. While many of you follow via Instagram and Facebook, having a blog fills in the color around our lives! Since I’m not doing a baby book (because I could barely keep up with my pregnancy book), I’m hopeful this blog will serve as a type of ‘baby book’. But since I launched in February when Hudson was 9 months, I will not have captured the previous 9 months in the way that I hope to share the rest! WHOOSH (yes that’s the sound of time passing…

  • Wordless Wednesday

    Okay so not completely wordless….but I’ll keep it brief because that’s the whole point of this type of post. Ask anyone who knows me – brevity is not my strong suit! I’m feeling quite nostalgic today  – plus I’m writing Hudson’s birth story for a future post. So I am one sappy mommy who wants to share the moment when her family of 4 became 5 🙂 More posts coming up soon – thanks for following along! Happy Wednesday friends.

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