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Michelle Patient Expert

Waldorf, Maryland
I'm married to a wonderful guy I met in high school in Germany. We have an adorable daughter who has Trisomy 21, aka Down syndrome, and a son who is in the throes of separation-anxiety-fun! I'm a SAHM and a Discovery Toys consultant. My husband is in the military. Our latest adventure is a... Full Bio
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Softcard Makes Paying by Phone Easy by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting “I participated in an Influencer Activation (#IC) on behalf of Influence Central for #Softcard. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” It is ... Read on »
The Lives of People With Down Syndrome by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I have come across a few photo essays on people with Down syndrome that are worth sharing. So often we read about the high school student being named Homecoming Queen/Kin ... Read on »
Rosetta Stone Kids Reading Review by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting "I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central  for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating." ... Read on »
Letter to God via the Tooth Fairy by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Lucas wanted to send a letter to God (or Santa) and he figured the best way to do this was by leaving it under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy. I tried telling him that the ... Read on »
Wishes Delivered by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting When we lived in New Mexico we had a very friendly and personable UPS driver named Dave. He would often chat with us for a few minutes upon delivering a package and we got ... Read on »
Giving Tuesday by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting The Tuesday after Cyber Monday, which follows Small Business Saturday, which follows Black Friday, which follows Turkey Day ... has come to be known as Giving Tuesday. ... Read on »
Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Finalist by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting There are a few days left for voting in NASCAR's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award . One of the four national finalists is a young man who has Down syndrome. Daniel ... Read on »
What Was Old Is New Again by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I have a storage bin of some toys and items from my childhood. I'm sure at some point the items I kept as I grew up filled more than one storage bin, but with multiple move ... Read on »
National Military Family Appreciation Month by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting “I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participati ... Read on »
Independent Work Achieved by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I don't think I've kept it any secret that doing homework with Kayla usually leaves me feeling like pulling my hair out. One of the frustrating things is wishing she c ... Read on »
The Challenge Coin by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting During his retirement ceremony Joe gave Kayla and me roses. I haven't been to many ceremonies, but I think that's a pretty traditional gift to present to your wife and daug ... Read on »
Purple For A Purpose by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting November 13 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Purple is the color of pancreatic cancer awareness. The Pancreatic Cancer Network is encouraging people to wear purple tomorrow, ... Read on »
Missing Man Table by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Last week Lucas came home from school and told me about what he called "the white table" and asked if we could set a place at the table like that "for Dad on Veteran's Day. ... Read on »
Military and Musical Inspiration by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Music can be such a big part of our lives. A song can bring you back to a specific time and place. Music for working out, music for celebrations and party, music for rememb ... Read on »
His Presence Was Missed by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting In the months leading up to Joe's retirement I thought often of my dad. Our immediately family - his mom, dad, father, half-brother, and my mom, step dad, sister, brother a ... Read on »
Katie Woo's Super Stylish Contest (and Book Bundle Giveaway!) by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A few months ago I was at the library stocking up on some audio books and regular books for the kids. One of the books I grabbed off the shelf for Kayla was . She really li ... Read on »
Something You Have Extras Of by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Kayla receives a subscription to Highlights . After she is done with the magazine I tear out the "Brain Play" page. It has a list of random questions that gets us thinking, ... Read on »
Not A Role Model Mom by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting Throughout Kayla's eleven years I've often had people remark to me with some variation of the following expressions "She is doing so well, you must work with her so much ... Read on »
Friendships Can Be Hard by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting A phrase I've heard often since Kayla was born is, "The gap widens as they get older." This usually refers to the person with the Down syndrome and the gap with their typic ... Read on »
A Snapshot of Her Chromosomes by Michelle Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Parenting I've shared this picture on my blog before, but it's been a few years so I thought I would share it again. Not everyone can say they have a picture of their chromosome ... Read on »