I’ve Got 500 Words and Butterflies… #DownSyndrome

by Carrie with Children with 22 comments

Every six weeks, I get butterflies in my stomach…and it only happens on Mondays.

It’s the day where I’m a featured guest columnist for my local newspaper, The Florida-Times Union.  I have approximately 500 words to write about anything I want – I choose the topic!  (I’m always on the hunt for ideas.)

I really feel like it’s a place for me to help raise awareness for those with special needs and in my case, Down syndrome.  I love sharing Molly’s stories and adventures with others.

So, this morning, I’d love for you to hop over to the Florida Times-Union site and check out my guest column from today’s paper.  I’m opening up more about Molly’s first experience with preschool but also how it relates to a fantastic program here locally for those with disabilities and higher education.

Today’s column is called  The Most Special Need is Simply Acceptance.

Let me know what you think of it! 


  • Anna

    Your article was fabulous! Yeah for Molly and all the kids in the classroom that day. I hope she has fun in preschool in the fall!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you, Anna! I’m excited for her to go to school full time in the Fall. I think she’s going to do great!

  • By Word of Mouth Musings

    Beautiful post Carrie, you are truly not only a wonderful advocate for Molly – but for many parents out there. Be proud!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, Nicole. You are too kind. 🙂

  • LaurenTee

    Carrie, I loved your guest column in the T-U today. I always admire your courage and willingness to tell Molly’s stories, and you did so with a mother’s grace and passion today. I hope your column is one of the most-read this week — the topic and writing deserve it!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, Lauren! I really appreciate it. I love having the opportunity to spread awareness through my writing!

  • Jessica

    Great article!!

  • Megan@MondayMorningMusings

    That was a lovely piece you wrote, Carrie. Molly is a lucky girl to have you as her advocate and her mom 🙂

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you, Megan! That is so nice of you! I think I’m pretty lucky to have Molly too 🙂

  • Jen@BigBinder/UnProcessedKitchen

    Carrie what a wonderful, honest post! I’m glad it was a good experience, and I hope it’s a sign of things to come. What a relief, and how reassuring!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you, Jen! It’s a fantastic feeling knowing there are so many accepting people in Molly’s life! 🙂

  • amber

    I’m so happy your little Molly had a good first day at preschool . My little guy starts preschool in August and I’m so worried about his first day.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Amber! I’m sure your little man will do great in preschool!

  • Stefanie

    I used to write a weekly post for a large travel site and submitting always made me nervous!

  • becky

    I haven’t had a chance to tell you yet, but your article Monday was great. It was cool you found out about the program at UNF in time to be able to tie it in with Molly going to preschool for the first time.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, Becky! The UNF program sounds so fantastic – maybe Molly will be a student there one day! 🙂

  • Lindsey

    Great article!! As a fairly new aunt of a nephew with down syndrome I appreciate you and this blog! He is an amazing little boy and has already grasped a special place in my heart! Can’t wait to dig a little deeper into your blog and journey!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you, Lindsey! Congratulations on your new nephew! Feel free to email me with any questions you may have, would love to chat anytime!

  • Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy

    Your articles was excellent. Molly is incredibly lucky to have you as her mother.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, Crystal! I’m proud to be Molly’s mom!