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Loving Savannah – by Talisa Pillay

Loving Savannah – by Talisa Pillay

What a surprise for Michael and I to read Talisa’s essay. Her teacher wrote”Look after Savannah – she is a blessing. Treasure what you guys have. I think with some polish you can be a great writer”. I agree. Here it is.. Talisa’s perspective. Who […]

Where is that darn Cupid?

Where is that darn Cupid?

Here we are two days before Valentine’s Day 2018. The invites for our Valentine’s Day party (to take place on Saturday) have been sent. The party games have been arranged. The list of to do’s is growing smaller. (Just remembered I didn’t add *Get Eli’s […]

Turn Up The Volume

Turn Up The Volume

#Music is an amazing way to let go of your problems & have some #fun. Our #family #theme #song for this year is revealed in my latest #blog #post!

The Safe House

The Safe House

‘‘Twas the night before school began and all was solemn and all was sad”. Well that’s how it felt in my house. Talisa and Eli were feeling nervous as they prepared for grade ten and grade five respectively. Eli, a little more so because he […]

I Know Different by Tricia Proefrock

I Know Different by Tricia Proefrock

I don’t believe in assuming what Savannah might be thinking, but just as I imagine what I’d like Talisa or Eli to think about me, sometimes I imagine what deeper conversations are denied to Savannah and I because of her disability. “I know different” by […]

The Past And The Present Met

It is already two weeks into the New Year and this is my first blog post for 2018. My hope for you is that wherever you are in life today, that this is the year you will know resounding Joy and have boundless Courage. I […]

Peace be upon you

I matriculated from a Catholic School where mass always ended with Father Dryden’s greetings “Peace be upon you”, to which we replied “and also with you”. Over these last few weeks that greeting resurfaced in my memory. In the middle of a storm in my […]

When Love Is Not Enough

I have been struggling to write. A recent awareness day event about Cerebral Palsy touched a chord within me and messed with my heart. I was a guest speaker at the event which focused on inspiring younger families with children with cerebral palsy about what […]

We are grateful when our child with special needs is acknowledged

Our family had a great treat on Saturday when Savannah was able to attend a wedding with us. After attending so many functions as a family of four; it was awesome to finally attend something as a family five. What fun it was to get […]

You need only be your own HERO-A letter to my second daughter for her birthday

You need only be your own HERO-A letter to my second daughter for her birthday

(Published with permission of Talisa Pillay) Honey-girl, It’s your birthday week. I am so excited for you. You are growing into a young woman so quickly. I love how your ideas are changing and how we can talk more and more about more complex “girl […]