We're a Catholic family living in south Louisiana.
Mom on Wheels - I'm a 30-something former pediatric nursing assistant, married since 2004 and disabled since 2005. I am a T6 paraplegic due to a rare autoimmune disorder called Transverse Myelitis. I've been a stay at home mom since Sunshine was born, and began homeschooling in spring 2013. We belong to the same church parish I grew up in, and Papa Bear and I have been on the RCIA team since he went through the process.
Papa Bear - My husband has been a volunteer firefighter since before we met, and works as a Haz-mat tech for a regional environmental company. He converted to Catholicism in 2010 and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Sunshine - Our daughter was born in 2007. We've been homeschooling her since she finished our parish preschool so that she would have the flexibility to work at her own pace, and follow the rabbit trails of the varied topics she wants to learn more about. She's never been formally evaluated but based on our observations, as well as those of her preschool faculty and pediatrician, we presume she is gifted. In addition to her academic skills, she has some of the emotional overexcitabilities associated with giftedness. Whether happy or upset, she feels all her emotions very intensely, and homeschooling gives us the chance to validate her feelings while teaching her to express them in healthy, more acceptable ways. She loves geography and animals, and is involved in gymnastics and Girl Scouts.
Fidget - Our son was born in 2012. Even early on, I could tell there were some things about him which were quite different from his sister; moreso than the simplicity of all children being unique, or the differences between boys and girls. I started questioning his language development around 15 months, and began to notice sensory seeking behaviors around 18months. Just after his second birthday, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Level 2 in April 2014. He is a skilled climber and very determined when he's focused on something. We can't wait to see his abilities blossom further as we expand the selection of therapy services he is receiving.