Author Archives: Carmella Miller

About Carmella Miller

I live in Nevada City, CA with my husband Steve. I am a retired 7th and 8th grade English, Art and Drama teacher. I thought it would be fun to share the"Markie Stories" featuring our son Mark Miller, age 24. When a parent hears they have a special needs child, grieving and isolation often follow. Maybe because we finally "got" Mark raised up, that, now we see how funny it was at times. And we definitely know how how proud we are of him and ourselves.

Our Family’s Dirty Little Secret

This activity could happen in a split second. No human mother could have prevented it depending her own ingenuity. If I smelled it, it was already too late. Mark was intrigued with his own craps. Continue reading

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Look for something new

Hello beloved readers, please excuse the delay in fresh content. Look for new posts within the first week of September. In the mean time, feel free to ask me questions about raising a child with Down syndrome. I would be … Continue reading

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Welcome new readers!

If you are raising a special needs child and feel alone out there,-stay tuned. Talk to me and I will try to coach a little bit. It is all about LOVE! ( oops, that is such poop!) It is all about blood, sweat, and tears. Nahhhh, its all of it! Continue reading

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Family of the Year

It was over 95 degrees and sweat ran off our faces and soaked our nice clothes. Ryan never complained. No matter how stressed Steve and I were, we tried to keep up the joyful mood in spite of the fact we were nearly in tears. Continue reading

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Fairy Tales

His first journey into fairytale land was Jack and the Beanstalk. For Jack, we had a basket with beans, hard boiled egg colored gold, a plastic harp, a bone, a plastic cow, and a piece of plastic vine. Continue reading

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