Category Archives: Elusive Tranquility

Elusive Tranquility is my personal blog about parenting a special needs child and her siblings. I started this blog many years ago as a way to share my parenting stories and to connect with other parents of special needs children. I have three children, Jenny who is in college, and Anna and Dominic, both in elementary school. After having Anna, the way I view the world shifted. Anna has PDD-NOS (a form of autism), intellectual disability, epilepsy, microcephaly, hypotonia, hypothyroidism, kyphoscoliosis, sensory integration dysfunction, hearing loss, high myopia, mood disorder, and was failure to thrive from 6 months to 3 years. Bless her heart, her life is hard but she never complains. My son, Dominic, also has ADHD and is intellectually gifted. Anna experiences life at a different pace and with a different viewpoint, and has challenged everything I know about motherhood. Having always been very empathic myself, I feel what she feels and see what she sees… and this gives me a unique vision when exploring my artistic side. I have connected with many other special needs parents through this blog and love hearing from you.

Society talks a lot about feeding your mind, body, and spirit. As an artist, how do you feed your soul? I’m talking about those moments that fulfill you as a singular person… not as a mother, father, employee, student… but as YOU. At the end of the day and the end of our lives, we […]

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Yesterday was the last day of school. It was the hardest school year of my children’s lives so far (2nd grade was a near second for both of them) and I am VERY happy to see it in the rearview mirror, as I’m sure they are. I won’t go back and revisit the heartache, the […]

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Last week was a whirlwind of activities! High Honors Dominic was honored by Duke TIP for his high score on the SAT which got him accepted into the Summer Studies program. He will be attending Trinity University from July 3rd-29th, living in the dorms and taking a college level psychology class. We are so incredibly […]

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Last week both kids had big events. Dominic had his spring Court of Honor for Boy Scouts and Anna had her STAR Track and Field competition. Proud Scout Dominic’s spring Court of Honor went great. He earned seven merit badges, was recognized for being officially inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and was elected […]

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