About a Family

Katie   February 15, 2016   1 Comment on About a Family
boy with Down syndrome wearing glasses hugs his siblings

For Elysium blog chronicles the journey of a mother through home, family, parenting, disability, and Down syndrome. The for Elysium Family: Katie (blog author): Thirtysomething. Loves the outdoors, gardening, reading, and creative pursuits. Hubby/Daddy/Dad: Thirtysomething. Loves playing, watching, and video-gaming sports. E: Oldest child, only daughter, double digits. Loves sports, science, and singing. Bud: Oldest boy, too close in age… Read more »

Protected: America’s Day

Katie   September 11, 2016   Enter your password to view comments.

A New School Year Letter to My Helpers

new school year letter about summer

As we embark on a new school year, Kyle introduces himself to his first grade school helpers. Dear School Helpers, My name is Kyle and I am 6 years old. My mom Katie is typing my new school year letter for me because my keyboarding and vocabulary skills are still “in progress.” I was sad to leave kindergarten, but I… Read more »

Barn swallow nest

Katie   July 20, 2016   No Comments on Barn swallow nest

Peaceful Photos From Our World of Frequent Tragedy

Father and son

With all of the senseless, tragic events filling our recent news, I am feeling the need for some peaceful photos to replace the horrific headlines. Please enjoy this┬ábeauty and share some of your own (post a link using the comment form or post on my blog facebook page). Peace rose Still waters reflecting calm Peaceful sleep of a newborn baby… Read more »

Parenting’s influence on rape culture

black shoes and red rose petals

Admittedly, I was getting tired of seeing the name Brock Allen Turner in my newsfeed. I avoided learning any details of his crime. I didn’t want to read the letter from his victim, mostly because I was afraid of letting any images enter my brain that I couldn’t remove. Maybe due to my vivid imagination or my effortless visualizations or… Read more »

Repurposing a baby crib into a rose trellis

hybrid tea rose

*republished post with updated photographs The former owner of my house planted some gorgeous varieties of roses. Through the years I have lived here, I have slowly gathered practice and knowledge about how to keep the roses healthy and beautiful. I don’t have much trouble with the hybrid tea roses–you can cut them almost to the ground and the next… Read more »