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When our family walks into a room, she is rarely noticed first. She is the one with the pretty blue eyes, a boatload of poise and academically gifted. She is the taller sister, the deep thinker who came into this life already saddled with a different...

CENTER POINT, TX  — As I wiped the sweat off the back of my neck, I wondered if my sun hat was welded to my head and if my family and I could make the next 20 yards through a dusty parking to get to...

I dipped my oar in the murky, rippled waters of Lady Bird Lake and shoved off from the dock. I had never kayaked, but apparently a license was not required and so with a thumbs up from the camp counselor, I was as ready as Sacagawea...

[caption id="attachment_765" align="aligncenter" width="226"] Our daughter Meredith was diagnosed with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum when she was seven months old.[/caption] What is Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum? Definition: The corpus callosum is a C-shaped structure in the middle of the brain that is made up of...

  I’m too polite. Everyone tells me this. Sometimes I wish I could change what I said when I’m fielding questions from virtual strangers about my daughter Meredith, who has intellectual disabilities. So, to all the people out there who have pushed my button, this one’s...

[caption id="attachment_331" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="Meredith (left) and Caroline (right) discover the waterfall."][/caption]   My daughter Meredith walks with an awkward gait, she only uses one eye at a time and she asks about ten questions per minute when she is uncertain what may be coming next. So my...