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What Are The Odds – Kari Wagner Peck

2017-09-27T16:12:30-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

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There is so much I want to tell you about Kari and also about her son, Thorin. Thorin reminds me so much of a little Marcus, what with his endless imagination and knack for monster storytelling. Just last week, Kari shared on her blog, “A Story While Making Dinner” 

Kari and I are a lot alike, too. We are both writers, and mothers, and wishing for a more tolerant universe. I feel like the Wagner-Peck household feels a bit

What Are The Odds – Downs Side Up

2016-05-05T19:36:15-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , |

DSU photo The British Invasion!

This is where you realize what a celebrity website this is, cause last week we had rock star authors and this week, we enjoy the British Invasion! Our friend, Hayley, the mum from Downs Side Up (who has recently been to tea at the palace, HALLO!) is here today to play the odds. I’ve been a fan of Hayley’s words for as long as she’s been sharing them. Maybe you saw our homage to her blog here

What are the Odds -Sherry Palmer

2016-05-05T19:33:19-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

sherry adn charlieOur next guest in the What Are the Odds game is another new friend who I clearly have so much in common with 1) We both have an adult son with Down syndrome. 2) We both had endometriosis, it sucked, we’ll leave it at that and 3) we both have 2 cats.

From there, well…the paths do diverge, now that I think of it. Sherry holds an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University. She works at the Halls Branch

What are the Odds – Brian Long

2016-05-05T19:28:46-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , , , |

Brian and Connor Long Brian and Connor Long

Alright kids, another treat today as we continue the What are the Odds? Series Today we’re hearing from Brian Long, self-proclaimed Dadvocate.

First however, I must tell you that one of the inspirations for the What are the Odds? series was me thinking about the odds of having a child with Down syndrome, like, at all. Mark Leach recently (the same day I started this series coincidentally) reshared his What are the Odds post from a

What Are the Odds – Orange Juice Flavour Sky

2015-07-27T22:41:31-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , |

Know something cool and interesting? Our Grown Ups and Downs Facebook Page now has over 1000 followers and the #1 city for our “likes” is, as you may expect, Omaha. The #2 city? London. I’ll tell you one of the reasons why – because we have made some very good friends, who we have yet to meet, across the great pond. One of them, you are going to meet today, as part of our What Are The Odds Series to introduce some of the diverse families in our community!

What are the Odds – Denise Gehringer

2015-07-22T10:32:24-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , |

Hello Folks – You ready to meet another family from our great 1969362_10203813222583570_3508529681561793857_nand diverse community? Well, Denise is a mom I’ve actually met in real life and lives here in Omaha. Yes – I actually talk to real people sometimes. Not too often, of course, but sometimes.

I know Denise from our local Arc chapter, The Ollie Webb Center. She is the program coordinator for six programs at Ollie Webb Center, Inc.-Arc of Omaha: The Next Chapter Book Club, The PRISM Project

What Are the Odds – Adventures with Beth

2015-06-23T11:10:14-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|

What Are the Odds Continues ->

Last week Marcus rolled the dice in Las Vegas; it was fun. He turned 25 and we may choose to celebrate all year. Well, at least for several more weeks while we release Black Day: The Monster Rock Band and figure out how being an author who talks to folks and sells books works. (Another place where we hope to break the odds: “The average U.S. book is now selling less than 250 copies per year and less than 3,000 copies over its lifetime.” According to

What are the Odds – Beth Sullivan

2015-06-08T20:36:52-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , , |

Let’s continue our What are the Odds Series. Today’s guest is the Chairperson of  the International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC), Beth Sullivan. I met Beth in real life in Las Vegas at the DSIA conference and we quickly connected with the phrase:

“It’s always the quiet ones…”

Let your imagination wander. 

Sullivan FamilyBeth lives in Kansas with her husband and children. Oliver is 10 and has Down syndrome and Sebastian is 9. When not advocating, Beth is a writer, reporter, book lover, avid

What Are the Odds – Sandra McElwee

2015-05-21T00:25:11-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: , , , |

Sean Odds

OK! We have won the lottery with this guest! I recently virtually met Sandra because, of all things, this photo of Sean and his birthday playing roulette on the blog, Who’s the Slow Learner? Looks fun, doesn’t it?

Well, it helped me to approach Sandra about the odds. And here’s where you all get lucky! No…wait..I’ll tell you at the end. SO, for now, let’s meet Mrs. McElwee:

Sandra Assimotos McElwee is an advocate for unborn babies with Down syndrome and created

What is this, What are the Odds?

2016-05-05T19:40:35-05:00Categories: Grown Ups & Downs|Tags: |

baby2 rs1 in 2000

Here’s the deal, as you may recall,  I was 19 years old when Marcus was born. That’s 1 in 2000 odds for me to have a baby with Down syndrome.


what are the oddsCelebrate!

Marcus will be 25 in June.

As it is, we try to balance living life to the fullest and making healthy choices so we can continue living life to the fullest. For his birthday we are

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