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  1. Missy
    October 7, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Yes, these are the things we want. It’s a hidden subtext in every exchange, really. Isn’t it? Thank you for, once again, putting into words what my heart feels, friend. You do it so well.

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  2. debbensmom
    October 7, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    My son is 35 and has autism. Every year I send him to camp – the application has a question that I always have to stop and pause – “What do you want your child to accomplish at camp?” He’s 35. He has a real job in the community – doing data entry, filing and scanning for 20 hours per week. He has a beautiful voice that I hear almost too frequently. The temper tantrums have lessened. What do I want Ben to accomplish at camp? Every year I put the same thing in the spot – He’s been going to the same camp since he was 8. To have fun and make a friend 0. Still waiting for the friend — but he does have lots of fun and looks forward to attending camp every summer. Being a single mom I look forward to those two weeks too – that is my only break from him all year.

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  3. Susan Bishop
    October 7, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Carrie, I’ve been a paraprofessional for 12 years. Reading your blogs, really helps put things into perspective. We as educators, or as I like to think of myself as a social coach, spend close to 7 hours a day 5 days a week with our students. I am moved by your family’s story. Thank you

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  4. Elaine & Jack Mcspedon
    October 7, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    I really loved this post. So well done,

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  5. Tracey Gamache
    October 8, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Carrie, thank you for so eloquently sharing with us each week. I always look forward to your blog.

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  6. Donna Chaput
    October 8, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    Carrie,
    Your love for Jack covers all the lack that this world denies people who are considered different. A Mothers live is immeasurable!
    And wanting the best for Jack is you living him!
    Jack is a beautiful boy, and God loves him.
    God does not make junk. Jack has the same grace and mercy God gives to us all, he just needs to be reminded. The same way you tell us that you have to repeatedly remind him to do or respond in a certain way. Remind him that “he can do all things through Jesus who strengthens him” Phil 4:3
    This verse has always encouraged during the trying times in my life.
    I will always keep you, Joe, and your family in my prayers.

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  7. Karen Gust
    October 9, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Hi Carrie, Thanks for reminding ALL of us so eloquently to be more tolerant of others and our limitations: “Because it’s not so much as getting what you want, as much as accepting what people can give.” <>

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  8. April Grinaway
    October 11, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi Carrie,
    Your posts are always written from the heart. Thank you for sharing.
    April

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  9. Kate Rice
    October 11, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Once again, you brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing your story.

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