Love to Susan – Updated

I know that our fellow parent in Silver Spring, Susan Niebur, is in so many of our hearts right now. She is all I can think about, making fluffy fun posts suggesting children's activities almost impossible at the moment. The suggestions I have for you are to Read Susan's words Send her your love (Send her best friend some love too) Take your kids to a planetarium or other space/sky-themed field trip in honor of Susan's life work as a planetary scientist. (That post I am linking to Read more...

Prayers for Susan – A Novena for Families in Silver Spring and Around the World

As many of you know, the incredible Susan of Toddler Planet, also a parent in Silver Spring, is fighting cancer again, for the fourth time in four years. She has fought the disease with two rounds of chemo, radiation, surgeries, medications and has begun a clinical trial. Susan's side effects have been many. And the cancer is still there. Susan's and my friend, and fellow parent and church member, Colleen of Wrecklamation, had the wonderful idea to begin a Novena, a nine day communal campaign Read more...

Race for the Cure & Kids for the Cure Saturday June 5

Are you Racing for the Cure?  Please say yes  and save next Saturday June 5th for the annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure on the National Mall. The work that the Race does to raise money to fight breast cancer right in the DC area is incredible: Last year, the race raised $4.7 million for local education and community outreach programs to assist vulnerable populations. Thanks to a Susan G. Komen for the Cure® grant, wait times between biopsies and surgeries at the Washington Read more...

Introduce Your Kids to Science and Toddlers to Planets, for ToddlerPlanet

Today my dear friend Susan Niebur of Toddler Planet will be undergoing surgery to remove a local regional recurrence of the breast cancer she has been fighting since June 2007.  The surgeons will remove the cancer from the lymph nodes under her armpit today, and then she will begin radiation.  Again. She has already endured a litany of treatments and procedures.  And now she is going forth into battle again. Susan is one tough mama. She is also an astrophysicist - a planetary scientist, Read more...

Help

Thank you all for the kind comments. I will pass them along to Vivi's parents at an appropriate time, and they may be reading them and finding comfort.I never had the pleasure of meeting Vivienne Esme Martin, but Vivi's mother and father are very dear to our family. As fellow parents, it is impossible to comprehend the gravity of the loss of a child. Feeling powerless grief for Vivi's parents' pain, all I could think to do was let other people know her story.If you would like to help, please Read more...

Becoming A Parent Is An Act of Supreme Bravery

Last night my cousin and her husband lost their dear little daughter to cancer. Darling Vivi was almost 10 months old and had Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors in her brain and spine. The outlook for Vivi's survival with this diagnosis as an infant was grim. But due to her parent's ardent love, diligent research, faith in God and committment to do everything in their power to fight for their girl, Vivi underwent surgery and experimental treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Vivi's Read more...

Kindness is Infectious: Taking the Kindness Challenge

Photo by Hamed Saber on FlickrResolutions, scholutions. Professional success, exercising more, denying yourself yummies, getting organized, spending less, saving more...they take tons of willpower and the results takes lots of time to appear. But goals that are easy AND make you and those around you happy, instantly? Bring 'em on! That's why I'm taking the kindness challenge.My friend Becky just wrote a post on her friends/family-only blog (by the way, starting a password-protected blog for Read more...

Merry Christmas!

Thanks so much for your readership, kindness & support.May you and your family have a beautiful Christmas & a happy Hanukkah!Love,Jessica, Chris, Charlie & EveThe APISS CrewThanks for reading A Parent in Silver Spring via feed. You rock. Read more...

UPDATED: Tragic news & how we as a community can help

UPDATEDMy dear friend Jillian Behram's fiancé, Jason Farley, was killed the morning of Sunday June 29th in a tragic motorcycle accident. Jason was a wonderful man, only 29 years old.Jason was a loving partner to Jillian and devoted father to their one year old son Demetrius. He loved his family, his many friends and most of all, his Jillian and Demitry. Jason's huge smile and giving spirit will be keenly missed.And now Jillian will be raising her son alone.If you can, please help this young woman Read more...