Hi There, I’m Vickie- Working on the blog is a daily commitment. Many mornings, I say to myself, “ I am retired, what am I doing waking up at 5:30 AM to write another blog?” But then I get your feedback, and I set my alarm for the next day! I recently wrote my Memoir, Raising Jess A Story of Hope, available at all locations! Below is my BIO of random facts.
18 Facts in Random Order
Married my husband 42 years ago! Even though we were destined least likely to end up married. Guess we fooled them!
We have three children who are now way older than we were when we had them!
Graduate of the University of Miami (1979), received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. I received my Master’s in Exceptional Education (Special Education) in 2001.
It took ten years to receive my Master’s at Buffalo State College, and I was awarded the President’s Medal for Outstanding Student. But I never taught school (unless we are counting substitute teaching).
I love to ski and the cold weather!
We have three grandchildren, and I relish being called Nana.
AND THERE IS MORE
I was the Manager of the Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) for Oishei Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health, and Project Director of the New York State Education Department ECDC program for 18 years. So, I did get to use that degree after all!
Our oldest daughter, Jessica, has multiple disabilities, which has provided me with numerous life experiences. Jessica is a frequent inspiration for my blogs.
OUR FUR KIDS
We have two dogs – a Hungarian Vizsla named Gus and an Italian Greyhound named Daniel.
The book covers our experience of raising Jessica and is a beautiful memoir of essays describing life with a child with special needs and providing information, optimism, and hope for families in similar circumstances.
YES, I have had COVID – TWICE!
Have not eaten meat in 38 years and I am considered a pescatarian. After telling a waiter, “I’m vegetarian and will have the salmon.” He looked at me with disdain and informed me I was not a vegetarian, and I was pescatarian because I ate fish. Oops!
Love a small bowl of chocolate ice cream every single night.
THANK YOU FOR READING
These are extraordinary times, and for me, writing, reading your comments, and hearing your stories is a constant reminder that we are not alone even though we may be apart.
Thank you for reading!