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May notes by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome May is: tiny bouquets of bright yellow dandelions collected for me by the little boys, bird seed bells hung in trees for the chickadees, grape hyacinth blooming in ... Read on »
April notes by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This month is:  volunteering at the animal shelter, starting heirloom tomatoes in old yogurt cups, reading the Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook , making these meatballs ... Read on »
Chickens, Homeschool and the Writing Life by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I have a new interview up at Literary Mama–freelance writer Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser asks me about what Tom and the kids and I are up to now, and I talk about everythin ... Read on »
Refresh-ing by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Best Buddies International is one of the programs included in Pepsi’s Refresh Everything  contest.   Best Buddies International is a non-profit organization founded in 19 ... Read on »
A Golden Ring, and a New Look by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome On my index finger, I’m wearing a tarnished, golden smiley-face ring.  It’s dented a bit, and it’s too small, but I like to wear it sometimes anyway, because for such an i ... Read on »
Talking, we need more talking by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I know I’ve used up so many wishes, when it comes to Avery–please let him be okay (after his breathing issues in the NICU), please let him walk, please let him be okay (ag ... Read on »
The Big D by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome And by that I mean:  Discipline. I sometimes get emails asking me about what we do for discipline with our children, especially Avery, who is an angel-baby and never o ... Read on »
100 Kindnessess by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I’d told the boys they could each pick out one toy, a bribe for I can’t remember what, maybe working hard and helping out at speech therapy, perhaps it was picking up ... Read on »
So fast! by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A few weeks ago, a very beautiful little baby girl with Down syndrome was born into a family–gorgeous big sister, handsome father, lovely and talented mother.  The mother ... Read on »
Oh, how I love Fridays! by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome In our little homeschool, which consists of 3 students, and also includes 4 chickens, 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 goldfish (used to be 3, until, as Bennett says, “A rock fell on its h ... Read on »
Good Things by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My one, abiding wish, since becoming Avery’s mom, is that people put away what they think they know about Down syndrome, all the misconceptions and stereotypes, and actual ... Read on »
Hello, my blog! by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It’s a blizzardy day here, the snow blowing sideways and the sun a pale gray circle in the sky.  There’s Green Chili and Corn chowder made from last summer’s corn simmerin ... Read on »
We interupt this blog break to bring you… by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome an opportunity. A family that’s near and dear to my heart is having health trouble, and in an effort to help with their daily finances I’m donating to a very special fun ... Read on »
Leave the light on by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The days are pouring out like water from a pitcher, passing through my hands so beautifully and so quickly.  There are little boys pulling open drawers in the kitchen, a ... Read on »
It’s here! by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome               And I have not 1, but 2 copies to share!  If you’re interested, leave your name in the comments and I’ll have Avery choose the win ... Read on »
Things we love by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The days are getting shorter and the air, especially at night, has a new chill to it, which is a long way of saying,  it feels like fall! Things we’re loving at our h ... Read on »
An oldie, but a goodie by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Today I’m over here, with a short essay I wrote a few years ago. It feels as true today as it did then, perhaps even more-so after Avery’s surgery. I hope it rings true ... Read on »
One of the tricky questions about Down syndrome by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome And by that I mean:  supplements. Recently a new mom to a baby with DS wrote me and was wondering if the thoughts I shared in my book about supplements, such as Nutri ... Read on »
It’s a virtual deck party! by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My lovely friend Sarah has a party at the end of each summer, hosted on her beautiful deck that overlooks a serene bay of Flathead Lake and a fantastic expanse of the Mi ... Read on »
Lots of links to share… by Jennifer Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome             I’ve been reading the national best-seller, Last Child in the Woods, and as I find myself doing so often, I’m looking for the special n ... Read on »