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Jodi Patient Expert

Olympia, Washington
I live in Western Washington with one sweet husband, one 20 year old drama queen (DQ), one 17 year old with an extra chromosome, two cats, one rowdy dog and a *new* parakeet.
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Seeing the Sites in Kiev by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Today we went site-seeing all over Kiev. For the last three weeks Heidi has been teaching at an Ukranian summer camp for kids who want to learn English. One of 12 year ... Read on »
This Is It by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I'll be leaving for the airport in about 90 minutes. I think I only slept two hours last night. My stomach is in a knot. All of my stuff is laid out on the living room c ... Read on »
Code Word: Costner by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I leave for Ukraine in four days. I'm working on being more excited than scared...but scared has a slight lead. A few months before Heidi left for Peace Corps, we were ... Read on »
It's Been A Long Time! by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Hello out there! It's been a long while since I've regularly updated this blog. I'm reviving it now because I am about to embark on quite a journey and I'd like to ... Read on »
Grateful by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust I've been thinking on this quote during this ... Read on »
Stressful Situations by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kellen had a Special Olympics bowling tournament today. Although his anxiety is much better, there was too much noise, disorganization and commotion for him. He hung in ther ... Read on »
Life is Good by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Just a few updates: D.Q ended up moving to the Ukraine instead of Turkmenistan. She arrived today?...or yesterday? and I read in her email this morning that she is safe ... Read on »
D.Q. by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My daughter D.Q. is leaving for Turkmenistan in a couple of days. Ever heard of it? Me either (up until until a few months ago). She will be gone for a little over two years ... Read on »
Looking At You by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Hey Kellen, I don't usually like looking at pictures of myself....too many double chins and things...but I noticed something the other day when I was looking at our ... Read on »
Disability Blog Carnival by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I will be hosting the 57th Disability Blog Carnival here on Thursday, June 10th. The theme will be Family Reunion. Please submit your blogging entries to: reimerreasonblo ... Read on »
Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome "Be glad there's one place in the world Where Everybody Knows Your Name And they're always glad you came You wanna go where people know People are all the same ... Read on »
Weeds by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome After work tonight I went into the backyard to do some planting and weeding. As I was pulling dandelions I thought about how much I despise weeds. Even when they are out ... Read on »
Pink by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Sweet Husband and I have been married 23 years this Sunday. This is my reward. Read on »
Duh by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kellen has this thing for remembering when movies were released. It comes from watching movie trailers at the theatre. At the end they always state the date a new movie will ... Read on »
Done by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It's done. As a family we drove this morning through a slight dusting of snow to the courthouse. We arrived early in case it was hard to find where we needed to be ... Read on »
All is Not Lost by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It appears that I took an extended blog break. No real reason. Things are not bad. Things are not extra good. I've just not felt like I had a lot to say. Lately it's not bee ... Read on »
Valentines Day by Jodi Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Kellen has wanted a cell phone for a couple of years and he finally got one for his birthday in January. Since he got it, he hasn't been using it much, I think his main inte ... Read on »