Tuesday, August 9, 2016

#RRBC Book & Blog Party Stop



Hello! A huge Pacific Northwest welcome to you all! I'm Stephanie Collins, of Kirkland, WA ~ a busy mom of four, loving wife, former pediatric nurse, and unsuspecting author of the memoir, With Angel's WingsThanks so much for stopping by! Please enjoy, and - if you leave even a 1-word comment at the end - you might just find yourself the lucky winner of the single $50 Amazon gift card I'll be awarding to RRBC's randomly chosen visitor. Thanks again, and good luck!  :)


A few weeks ago,  I was asked by a listener of Blogspot Radio's Buy The Book what a typical day in the life of a mother to four children with special needs is like. Whew...talk about your loaded question! As it just so happens, in addition to writing With Angel's Wings about my introduction to and initiation into this "lifestyle", last year I started this nifty little blog to answer that listener's very question. Here's a sample of what life in our house includes these days, in the way of clips from previous blog posts. Enjoy!  :)


There's lots of practiced patience in our house


There must be a full moon or something. I was seriously considering "Sonocide" the other day, too. It wasn't the mile-long list of overdue school assignments I found in his backpack that morning...OR the log he decided [for who knows what reason] to throw through the shed window around noon. I remained REASONABLY under control when he later BIT his sister in a fight over a LEGO...and I breathed through the overdue library book e-mail I got that evening. But when I went into the bathroom that night and had to YET AGAIN tell my nearly 12-year-old son to get his butt BACK in there and WIPE AND FLUSH - that was the moment...that was it. Oh, and it wasn't some fancy-schmancy visualization technique that spared him. My son is alive today because the Seattle Seahawks won their game. Russell Wilson doesn't just visit kids AT Children's Hospital - he and his team now apparently help to PREVENT kids from even getting admitted.


There's lots of awkward conversation

In Text form:

3:50 PM Emily texts Laura: "Hey, so you know that Jeffrey and I have been hanging out and so on. If you were worrying about the whole first time thing, it has already happened and it was fine, and it was my decision, and I was ready and I'm happy with my choice and that's that."

Laura: "OK"

3:51 PM Laura texts Daniel: "Holy crap...I just got an "I-just-had-sex-for-the-first-time" TEXT! What the Hell are we supposed to do with THAT?!"

Daniel: "WHAT?! How...where...whaaatttttt?"


Laura: "They took the bus to his mother's house in the middle of the day, so she was still at work. They're mentally teens, but they have the freedom of adults in their 20's. Ugh!!!"


And in the spoken word...face-to-face (...where keeping a straight face is particularly challenging):

Laura: "Hey, so...I'm a little confused. You told me a few days ago you and Jeffrey had no plans of a physical relationship beyond maybe hand holding for at least awhile. Looks like you changed your mind?"

Emily: "Yeah."

Laura: "Soooo...sex...was it better than you thought it would be? Worse? About what you expected?"

Emily: "Um...better? I guess?"

Laura: "I guess that's good, then. Were you using protection?"

Emily: "Yeah. He didn't have any, but he made one."

Laura: "Oh...and how did he do that?"

Emily: "With a rubber glove."

Laura: "...Oh...guess we'll be getting you some condoms to keep with you. ...So...what made it better than your expectations? Did you orgasm? Did he?"

Emily: "I have NO idea."

Laura: "Okay...well, you didn't, then. What about Jeffrey?"

Emily: "I don't know. How would you know?"

Laura: "Well...when he took off the rubber glove, was it wet or dry?"

Emily: "Dry, I guess."

Laura: "Okay, then. Jeffrey didn't orgasm, either. So...what made you decide to stop, then?"

Emily: "I don't know. We were just tired and decided to cuddle, instead."


There's head-scratching dealings with state agencies

We had a brainstorming meeting, so we could best determine an appropriate job for Hannah. I looked around the room at the 8 individuals [who were all paid by our tax dollars in one capacity or another]...sitting there for over an hour, discussing what job would be best for our "potential employee".

Group Leader: What is Hannah best at?

Me: Sitting. She can sit independently.

Group Leader: What does she like to do best?

Me: Sit in the sun out on our deck.

Classroom aide: She also likes to splash her hand in water.

Group Leader: So she'd do best to work outdoors, ...possibly with water...

Jobs Program Representative [spoken with a straight face, in all seriousness]: I've got it. I think we should look into Hannah working at a recreational marijuana growing facility. She could water the plants.

Meeting adjourned.



There's rough days
(from "Uh...Sh*t Just Got Real", August 2015)

I checked back in with the paramedics. As I feared, the rescue med had done nothing to slow the seizure down. They were preparing a second dose. I held Hannah's hand, offering her words of encouragement that were more for me than her. The second dose wasn't touching the seizure either...but her respiratory status was plummeting. The paramedics were placing an IV; I stepped away for a minute to make the call to cancel tutoring. When I returned, the paramedics were grabbing more supplies and one said, "She's really struggling to breathe here and her respiratory rate has dropped dangerously low. We're going to intubate."

"Wait! ...You um...you can't! ...We have DNR orders. Oh, God...we...we have DNR orders in place..."

"Do you have a copy with you?"

"No. I was...um...I was on the roof when I got the call. I didn't think to go into the house to grab her paperwork."

"Well...if we can't intubate, we can't do anything else for her here. Let's get her over to the hospital." They began preparing to move her into the ambulance.

I was back on the phone with shaking hands. "Hon? ...Uh...Shit just got real... They need to intubate and I had to tell them to stop. I wasn't ready for this today..."

"You want me over there? I can be there in a minute."

"No. Ummm...we're...we're headed out to the hospital, anyway. I just...I just... I don't know. I wasn't ready."

"You can tell them to go ahead and intubate."

"...No...I think we made the right decision...I just...this wasn't supposed to happen today."

"Right... I love you. Keep me posted. Keep breathing. Give her a kiss for me. It'll be okay. You're doing a good job, hon."



There's gymnastics being practiced...
(from Gymnast or Gym Rat?, October, 2015)

...while doing everything, whether it's reading...



...or watching t.v. ...



There's considerable comic relief (thank goodness)
(from Salvation In Smiles, December 2015)



(and from Your Whine List, Madam, May 2016)



Whine List


~*~ Chardonaysayer ~*~

A prime vintage, with a turned up nose, dry palate and frustrated finish. This classic "no" whine is a staple of all cellars, often the first whine to touch the lips of even the most amateur enthusiast. Best paired with a practiced count to ten and a fine choosing of battles. 

~*~ Sauvignon Blanc Stare ~*~

Another cellar staple, this whine features a complete lack of homework completion. Often paired with a poor excuse, this gem can occasionally include the surprising bouquet of a unique, imaginative explanation that leaves an unexpected smirk on appreciative lips and can conjure fond memories of excuses of yesteryear.

~*~ Merlot But Never Enough ~*~

Likely the most versatile and common selection of any cellar. No matter how generous the offering, this whine always wants a lot more. It is most often consumed in the toy isles of department stores and processed snack food isles of grocery stores. Generally paired with copious crocodile tears. Best appreciated with an unyielding will of steel.



But most of all, there's love...
lots and lots of love!






Thanks, again, for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your day!  :)  ~Stephanie

103 comments:

  1. Brilliant post, Stephanie! Loved the excerpts from your blog. With Angel's Wings is sitting on my kindle and I've just followed your blog. Do you have a newsletter? Thank you for offering such a generous prize! Have a great day at the party!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle, and for the kind words about my post, AND for the book on your kindle, AND the follow - wow! No, I don't have a newsletter; I'm not sophisticated enough to even know what to do with it! LOL :) Best of luck to you for the prize; my fingers will be crossed for you! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  2. This is an amzing post! Thank you for the giveaway! And I loved the comic with the dream/real world pics! :D

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    1. Thank you so much, Alexandra! I have my incredible husband to thank for all the artwork (including the comic). He did a series of comics back when we just had the two oldest girls (during the years the book covers). They're on the website under the "comic relief" tab if you are interested in seeing the others. http://www.withangelswings.net Best of luck on the giveaway, take care, and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  3. Great post and very entertaining and compelling! Thanks and have a great day at the Blog party.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words! Take care, and you have a wonderful Wednesday, as well! ~Stephanie

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    1. Thank you, Neil! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  5. Fantastic post! Very witty and engaging and real. I like your writing style.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, Beth! Best of luck on the giveaway, take care, and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  6. Yay! Another author living in the Pacific Northwest! I didn't realize you live so close to me, I'm in Gig Harbor! I want to thank you for all the support you have given me on twitter, you are awesome! I am going to pick up a copy of your book this week (heading off to work now). Best wishes on the tour!

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    1. Thank you very much, neighbor! Take care, and enjoy your warm and sunny Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  7. Funny stuff. Lots of "oh no" moments there. :)

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca; you're absolutely right - there's a never-ending supply of "oh no" moments around here...and a frightful number of "you've gotta be kidding me" moments, too. ;) Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  8. I loved the conversations with your daughter. Too funny! And I definitely wasn't expecting the ambulance post. I cannot begin to imagine going through that experience. You have been blessed with the ability to reach into a person's soul and have them feel some of what you feel. Thank you for sharing your world with us. Your family is beautiful! :-)

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    1. Thank you very much, Yvette, for your very kind words! I must say I'm PRETTY proud of myself for getting through that conversation with a deadpan straight face! ;) Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  9. Great post. I love the humor, but the scary moments made it all very real. Enjoy your day on the tour.

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping by! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  10. Kudos for an inspirational post! Enjoyed all of it! The comics are delightful also. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you very much, Susan! I'll be sure to pass your kind words about the comics on to my incredible [artist] husband! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  11. Very funny indeed Stephanie. Are you all those things? And what a whopping gift! Not that we are all here for gift, but for the support. Yours tops the list! A good way to go! :D Have a swinging party! :)

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    1. Hi, Joy, and thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the humor. I'm not exactly sure what you meant by "are you all those things", but if you're asking if all my posts are real, yup. Every last word in my blog is honest and true. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes...not so much, but that's life I guess, messy with up's and down's, good and bad. :) The generous gift is something of a "giving back". I recently won $50 from RRBC in the last recruiting contest. I figured I'd share the love. Best of luck to you, and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  12. Hi Stephanie - finding the humor in challenging circumstances is difficult, but as you so aptly describe it can also be the only way to survive them. Thank you for sharing them.
    Enjoy your day on the RRBC Back to School Blog Block Party! - MikeL

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Mike! It was my husband who taught me the art of keeping a sense of humor in life - on both good days and bad. It's yet another reason to love and be thankful for him every day! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  13. That's a real rollercoaster post! Enjoy the day hosting the party!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and have yourself a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  14. Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing so much of yourself and your beautiful family. I loved reading your posts, especially loved the interactions with the children. You throw a wonderful Party!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Gwen; glad you enjoyed the stop! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  15. Great information - I loved the conversations!

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping by and taking a peek! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  16. Great post! I love that you are able to have a sense of humor and have a feeling that is what sustains you. I listened to you on Blog Talk radio the other day and was struck with the enormity of your daily world. Kudos to you for stepping out and writing about it.

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    1. Thank you very much, Jan, for stopping by, for listening to the interview on the radio a few weeks ago, and for the kind words! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  17. Hello Stephanie! It has been a treat to read through your blog post. I also read through some of the links and they are quite entertaining. I love the way you mix in humor! I have liked several posts and have shared them to Twitter and such. I'm now following you as well. Thank you for sharing so much with us!

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    1. Wow, Mary, thank you so much for stopping by, and all the support! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  18. Gosh, I don't know which part I liked the best: the whine list, the conversation with your daughter... it was all gold.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Staci; I'm glad you enjoyed it! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  19. Wow, I can so relate to your post as my husband and I fostered challenging teens for many, many years. The crisis are varied and usually happened late enough at nightto throw off the entire carefully orchestrated schedule.Loved the real excerpts and am now following your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jo Ann, for stopping by and for the follow! It's always nice to hear from fellow parents who totally "get it". Also, thank you for your service to society as a foster parent - you folks don't get NEARLY the kudos and attention you deserve! [Hugs] :) Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  20. This is such a funny and touching and heart-warming post, Stephanie! And I seriously have to add your book to my TBR. Very best wishes with everything :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Harmony, for stopping by and for the well wishes; glad you enjoyed the post! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  21. 1. What a handsome hubby you got there...
    2. Awesome stop on the blog tour with awesome personal touches.
    3. On of my favorite authors I still haven't read!
    Have a great day Stephanie...
    Robert Kimbrell

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    1. 1. You are absolutely correct, sir!
      2. I'm glad you enjoyed my post!
      3. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words!
      Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday, Robert! :) ~Stephanie

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  22. Your blog made me laugh and cry, Stephanie! You are such a strong and lovely lady and a great support to other authors. What a talented illustrator your husband is too!
    I wish you so much success with your writing. I have With Angel's Wings on my kindle, but as I have a close friend who has lost a child, I find any books about children a bit difficult to read. I will definitely love your book if it is anything like your blog, which is amazing.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Lizzie! I'll be sure to pass your kind words on to the hubby for his artwork - isn't he awesome!? I very much appreciate the fact that my book is on your kindle, but please feel no pressure to read it if it's not "your thing". While I can offer the spoiler that none of the main characters perish (despite my wishes in one particular case), it chronicles some rougher days. That being said, I can honestly say it comes complete with a happily ever after, and the writing in the book is just like the blog (since the blog is essentially just a continuation of the book). In fact, the book writing is better...because I had an awesome editor. :) Thanks again for stopping by, and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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    2. Lol! Thank you. I'm definitely going to read your book. After stopping by your blog, I can see that your writing skill is totally compelling. I will post a review after I have read it.

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  23. Well - you're proof of the pudding that laughter is the best 'medicine', Stephanie! I especially enjoyed the whine list... :-D
    You and your family are amazing - thank you for sharing so cheerfully and openly. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit and for the kind words, Jan; I'm glad you enjoyed the stop! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  24. This is a wonderful post, Stephanie! Yes, use these blogs as the basis of a sequel. Absolutely loved your Whine List!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, John; I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Best of luck on the drawing, take care, and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  25. Whew! Those posts were just, um...riveting reading. Between the real life issues, the humor, the photos, the "whine list" you had me glued to every word. Thanks for sharing all those moments with us. I love your sense of humor and your take on life. Precious and priceless :)

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    1. Oh, good! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, Mae! Thanks for stopping by, best of luck on the drawing, take care, and have yourself a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  26. Your post comes alive because of the love that shines through so clearly. I've discovered that I tend to laugh the loudest when I hurt the most, but that humor is what helps us stay sane in a crazy world. Your books have been added to my TBR list as must reads. Thanks so much for sharing. I hope the remainder of your day is awesome.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Suzanna, and thank you very much for the add to your TBR list! Take care, best of luck in the drawing, and you have yourself a wonderful Wednesday, too! :) ~Stephanie

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  27. I’ve just added your book to my TBR list. You’re a hero in my opinion. Your tragic and inspiring story touches the heart of readers. You’ve found a fan in me, even if I live thousands of miles oversea.

    Your whine list is absolutely awesome.

    Best regards to you and your beautiful family from Dracula’s country!

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    1. Wow, thank you so very much, Carmen, for your incredibly kind words and for the add to your TBR list! I don't know that my kids will always agree with your assessment of me, but it's been a crazy morning, so I'll TAKE IT! :) Best of luck in the drawing, take care and enjoy your...Wednesday? Thursday? - whatever day it is there now in Dracula's country! :) ~Stephanie

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    2. It's Wednesday, but 8 in the evening for me.10 hour difference between us. Have a great tour day!

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  28. What a great post - sounds like a funny, crazy life but with plenty of love :)

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    1. Thank you very much for stopping by; I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  29. Girl, I always love your posts. You have to laugh or you'd cry, right? I'll be coming to you for advice when my son is older, that is for sure.

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    1. Hi Anne! I'm so glad you could stop by; I've been thinking of you a lot lately, hoping you're finding plenty of time to take it easy as you recover! I would love to hear from you as you face the eyebrow-raising, head-shaking, heavy-sigh-inducing antics of your son's future - not to offer advice, but just to share in a good belly-laugh with you! ;) Take care, good luck on the drawing, and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  30. Hi Stephanie. Wow, what a fabulous post. I now have your book on my TBR list, and I'm looking forward to that day in 2031 when I get to it. Lol I didn't know we were neighbors. Isn't the PNW a great place to live? I have lived in several other places during my life, but I always come back home. 😀 thanks for joining the tour, and for the fantabulous post. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Rhani, for your very kind words, and for the add to your TBR list [a list, by the way, that sounds about as long as mine]; I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! I was a transplant to the PNW from New England, but I was instantly hooked and there's certainly no going back! Take care, good luck on the drawing, and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! :) ~Stephanie

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  32. Stephanie, your humour through life's challenges (and blessings) is just awesome. Your journey is an inspiring one, and I'm looking forward to reading your book soon. It's working its way up my TBR list. Thanks for throwing a great party! And many thanks for your tremendous support, as a fellow RRBC member. Cheers! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Natalie, and for the kind words! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  33. I don't know what to say so I'll keep quiet. You have a lot on your plate. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shirley, and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  34. Great post - lots of fun content - always something going on with kids!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy! You're right; never a dull moment! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  35. I truly appreciate your raw honesty in dealing with your daily challenges. Parenting is difficult even on the good days yet it seems that you are raising your children with love and humor, a wonderful combination.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheri G.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Cheri, and your kind words! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  36. Doing a great job indeed! Well done and keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Helena! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  37. Back at ya from Cajun Country! Loved the Whine List and thanks for all the tweets.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Larry; glad you enjoyed the post! The tweets are my pleasure. Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  38. Hello, Stephanie! Wow, this is a wonderful blog. I commend you for being able to write about all that goes on in your lives. Thank you for posting a blog in the RRBC Books & Blogs Block Party! Let's party on!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Patricia, and for the kind words! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  39. Hi Stephanie,

    You sound like you parent a lot like I do. Lots of frank discussion. My kids actually kind of hate it, but I think it makes them think things through more, don't you? This was a great introduction to you and your work. I loved learning more about you and your family and your book.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lori! Yep - I figure straightforward honesty is the best policy in discussions with the kids. Sometimes they can catch you a little off-guard. The other day my youngest (9) said on the way to gymnastics:

      "I can't wear that leo, Mom. It's a little too big, so I'm afraid people might see my genital."

      Me: "Just wear the other leo, then. And it's genitals, not genital."

      Her: "I have MORE THAN ONE?!"

      We had about 3 minutes of drive time left and I shuttered to think how much she'd repeat - and just how grossly out of context it would be - if I got too into the explanation at that time. I had to resort to, "No. It's just said in the plural." That'll be a chat to revisit another time. :)

      Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  40. What a great post! Thanks for sharing all that!

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    1. Thank you very much, Linda, and thanks for stopping by! Take care and enjoy the rest of your day! :) ~Stephanie

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  41. I loved your book With Angel's Wings and was honored to have you as a guest on my blog (www.kareningalls.blogspot.com) last week. You are incredible inspiration; can find humor in difficult situations; and a lesson to be learned. I admire you. Thank you for posting today.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Karen, and for the kind words! I figure humor is a marginally healthier crutch in tough times than drinking or drugging are. It's not quite as good as drowning in a pint of Ben & Jerry's, but a close second. ;) Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  42. I love this post, great humor and power. Thanks for all your support on twitter!

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  43. hi I believe I commented on wrong post. Mulitasking at the fair! Loved this and other post. i will be adding your book to my kindle. You have an amazing outlook. Thanks

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    1. At the fair?! Jealous!!! Thank you for stopping by and for the add to your TBR list! Take care, and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  45. Stephanie, you just took my breath away!! Your place on Heavens realm is secured.This book is on my TRB list and I am always attracted by the cover and title. Only special parents can deal with special children and you and your lovely bunch are a perfect fit. Great party!! Kiss those angels for me!!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Micki, for your very kind words, and for the add to your TBR list! I have to correct you, though. If any of my parenting can be at all described as special, it is just the result of the incredible training job my kids have done with me. I certainly didn't come into this gig with any particularly promising skill set! I have always been and will always be just a mom doing what I have to do. My husband on the other hand... As a stepdad he's a member of that phenomenal group of folks who CHOOSES to take on the challenge of special needs children. Adoptive, step, and foster parents who walk into this lifestyle with their eyes wide open deserve tons of kisses and kudos. I will gladly give the kids an extra kiss tonight in your honor. Thank you again, take care, and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  46. That was funny and awesome--wow! Your family is amazing. Thanks for the great blog post!

    From "another Stephanie from the Pacific Northwest" :)

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    1. Well, hello, fellow Stephanie from the Pacific Northwest; thanks so much for stopping by! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  47. You have a beautiful family thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you, and thanks so much for stopping by! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  48. Great post! Loved the conversations, blog excerpts, and photos.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Kim; I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Take care and have a groovy Thursday! :) ~Stephanie

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  49. Stephanie, this blog is a blast. Loved the entries. Then the added bonuses of Dream Parenting and the Whine List were unexpected treats! I'm a day late, but thanks for a great party stop!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda, and for the kind words; I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Take care and have a groovy Thursday! :) ~Stephanie

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  50. Hello Stephanie! Love your blog post here! Keep writing! Cheers! S.J. Francis

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week! :) ~Stephanie

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  51. Brilliant stuff! As a new dad, I couldn't help but weep at the future, but there you have it... :)

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  52. LOL; thank you, Nicholas, and congratulations on your new title - lots of really fun times are ahead of you! Thanks for stopping by, take care, and have a wonderful weekend! :) ~Stephanie

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