THE BLOG….my happy place.

Welcome to my (Gwen Vogelzang) personal blog. Read about my experiences as a special needs adoptive parent, our family life, and the story behind publishing our first book “If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry.”

Walking Away from a Culture

Our little family has lived a blessed existence here for 13 years, but the past year has definitely brought a wasp nest of change in our little family.  Change that has encompassed new realizations, changes of heart, opened eye balls, growth, fear, joy, relief,...

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Stay at Home Mom Mantra

After living as a stay at home Mama for all of 3 months now, I decided I needed a Mantra.  So many women (and men) who stay home struggle with identity and feeling like they don't have a higher purpose.  They get stuck in the routine of dressing kids, feeding kids,...

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Blessings of Epilepsy

Look at that handsome devil.  He got a normal Brain MRI result last week.  I was walking my daughter into preschool when the neurology clinic number showed up on my hot pink cell phone.  It was the nurse, which caused immediate relief.  She wouldn't be calling if...

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EEG Results

If you know our family you know that we have spent the past couple years investigating, digging, treating, aiding and advocating for our Dude.  God has blessed our little man with an amazing amount of gifts and talents and treasures that we hold so incredibly dear....

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Living with Tourettes

6 months back, a friend asked Tim and me if we thought Dude might have Tourettes Syndrome.  I reacted like someone had just stabbed me in the gut.  What an extreme evaluation of my kid.  He didn't have THAT.  Only people who scream and swear have Tourettes.  He just...

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Digging

If you follow this blog you know how moody I am about when enough therapy is enough for our son.  It's ebbs and flows, as does all of life.  One day we're done and he's great and we're okay letting him "be him."  The next day we feel discouraged and just want to dig...

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Brains

The medical world has shifted a lot of concentrated focus to "the brain" in recent days.  The White House is even behind the trend.  Turns out, we know virtually nothing about the human brain.  We thought/think we do, but the brain tends to surprise us and do things...

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Hit

At 4:10pm on Memorial Day I was chopping red and orange peppers on my black granite kitchen island.  It was beautiful outside and company was arriving in less than an hour for a cook out.  The kids and Enzo were playing out front with Tim.  As long as one of us is...

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Still

In Brene Brown's "The Gifts of Imperfection," she says, "Stillness is not about focusing on nothingness; it's about creating a clearing.  It's opening up an emotionally clutter-free space and allowing ourselves to feel and think and dream and question."   I encourage...

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Homework

On my kitchen table is a shiny fire engine red folder.  It's a happy folder on its exterior.  The irony is that on the inside lies 7 homework assignments, itching to be completed.  Assignments that aren't being completed in class, when they're supposed to be.  With...

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