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    Posted July 14, 2014 by
    Redwood City, California
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    Raising a special needs child

    Beth and My Boys

    My husband, Greg and I both just having recently divorced, met at LAX in 2004 and married shortly thereafter. We each have 2 boys and our oldest ones have special needs. Andrew is on the Autism spectrum and Robbie was born with a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 8q - similar to Trisomy 21 more commonly known as Down Syndrome. Zachary and Joey are our younger two. They are ages 10 to 15 and our house is noisy, and busy, and messy and really happy most of the time! We have created a community in our town of Redwood City which is really sort of our tribe. At any one time there will be a dozen kids out in front of our house playing basketball, football, soccer or water balloons. These children have all known Andrew and Robbie since they were little. They treat them like all of the other kids. They seem to get that they are just as important as other kids. And that they have likes and dislikes, sometimes the dislikes are just a little louder and more pronounced.
    My husband and I love raising our blended family. While we fall into bed exhausted every night we wouldn't trade any of it. Having children who learn and live differently we have learned to appreciate each moment. We stop and smell the roses - literally! We let the dishes stack up in the sink. We have dance parties and laugh as the neighbors walk by and look in our big picture window. We also cry a lot more and ask ourselves if we are making the right choices. We are so lucky to have found each other, not just me and my husband but all 6 of us.
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