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Finding Your Balance

It's been one of those days where I woke up feeling sluggish and discouraged all day long. I'm really not sure why, but the harder I tried to break out of it, the worse it got. We are in the process of trying to get our house up on the market, so I don't really have time to take a day off. But no matter what I tried, I kept sitting back down, discouraged before I even started, because there is … [Read more...]

The Best: The Tangle

Looking for unique stocking stuffers? As part of my The Best series, I'm sharing some of my favorite gadgets with you. The Best series are unsolicited reviews, 100% my own opinions. I was not provided any items for this review or any kind of compensation for my reviews.Are you a fidgeter? I am. I never thought I was, but several years ago my husband started to point out how often I shook my … [Read more...]

The Day My World Changed Forever

 Twelve years ago today my son JD was born--and my world changed forever.It all started with a whole lot of nothing. As always, JD did everything on his time and schedule. There was a whole lot of fuss--weeks of early labor, of watching him via ultrasounds and tests to make sure that he was safe. I'd go into full blown labor only for it to stop in the middle, and to be sent home. On … [Read more...]

Home is Where Your Hammock Is

We just did something we rarely do around the KnowitAll household--we took a family vacation. Normally we'd fill our vacation time with a mission trip, or a trip with family, or a trip to visit family. It has been several years since we just vacationed, just the four of us. And what a vacation it was! We took a full two weeks off, which was the perfect amount of time. We were really able to relax … [Read more...]

Back to School–Calming the Chaos

Whew! What a whirlwind couple of weeks. We returned from our two week vacation up to Northern Michigan on Monday night (pictures and details of our glamping trip to come soon, I promise!), and went right into Back to School prep. School started Wednesday, so we only had 24 hours to prepare. I was worried that it would be totally crazy, but in fact, it turned out really well! LittleMissSunshine is … [Read more...]

Living with Anxiety

I live in fear. Fear of my son's anxiety. Fear that one day, the medicines won't work anymore, and we will go horribly, helplessly backwards. Fear that I will be trapped in that never ending cycle of sensory issues, panic attacks and completely irrational screaming fits.JD is almost twelve years old, so I know my fear isn't rational. He has come so far in the past few years that anxiety isn't … [Read more...]

Thriving in Middle School

We are in the midst of the last week of school here in the KnowitAll household. This means lots of fun activity days, (do I get a pj day too?) the cleaning out of desks and lockers, and the wrapping up of big projects. While we are in the midst of all of this, I want to stop and say thank you to my son's school for an amazing year--Camp Ernst Middle School.Many of you know that JD has … [Read more...]

Education: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

My good friend Zonoma posted this article today on Facebook, and it set me off on a rant. The article mentions a boy with epilepsy who has a service dog. The schools won't let him bring the dog into the school. Because he has upwards of 20 seizures a day, this effectively means the boy has to be homeschooled. This also means his mother can't work outside of the home, because she has to care for … [Read more...]