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A Letter From Amanda – After 9 Months

Finally, a real letter from Amanda arrived yesterday. It was a genuine one from her, the first in a year’s time. It was mostly about Mom and Dad and how much she misses them. I understand. I feel connected to … Continue reading

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Happy Siblings Day Amanda – Portrait Day 28 – Star Wars!

Meeting Harrison Ford is on Amanda’s bucket list. Beyond that, she is a tad obsessed with Star Wars. She can watch it ad nauseum. So, my gift to her this Sibling’s Day is a place in Hollywood History! Amanda has … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 27 – Watercolor – Modeling on the Boat

Amanda and I like to go shopping. A lot. Well, I like it better than she does. I have spent literally years dressing her, going back to the days when she was in school and had cool new clothes every … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 26 – Angel Bears

After Dad died, my friend Cindy gave Amanda and me a set of angel Beanie Baby bears. We named the bears Blaine and Elaine after our parents, and took them to Girl’s Day Out with us. I think Amanda looks … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 25 – Don’t You Forget About Me

This is Day 25 of posting Amanda’s portrait. I keep posting these images of her because I am so afraid she will be forgotten like others who cannot speak for themselves. I don’t want her to disappear. Today I received … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 24 – Like a Prayer, 2

Mixed media. Amanda has Down syndrome and is currently being held by her guardian, a sibling who is not allowing us to have contact. On March 27 it has been 8 months since I have spoken with my sister. I … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 22 – Lunch with the Cast of “Friends”

On her Bucket List, Amanda included, “Lunch with the cast of ‘Friends.’” She added, “They are probably all vegetarians. Except Courteney Cox. She probably eats meat.” So today’s portrait of Amanda includes the whole ‘Friends’ cast. I’m sure Amanda is … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait, Day 20 – Watercolor – I wish I knew what she was singing!

Before she was old enough to even talk very well, Amanda was singing. ┬áMy mom snapped a Polariod of her ate age two, singing into a jump rope, with one shoe on and the other foot bare. The picture pretty … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 19 – Watercolor

This is how the days trickle past. In two more days it will be three weeks since I have started painting Amanda. It is easy to neglect those who love you. Don’t let your life slip by without sharing bits … Continue reading

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Amanda Portrait Day 16 – Down Syndrome in Black and White

Once in awhile Amanda and I like to hang out at the DeTour Harbor. We walk out on the dock and watch the freighters go by. Mostly, Amanda likes to pose for pictures. I have a lot of memories of … Continue reading

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