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Meet our Firefly Community bloggers providing you with their unique, meaningful and insightful thought pieces

Orla Freeman

My name is Orla, married to Shane. Also affectionately known as Mummy to Ruairi, Darragh and Eoghan

@ourownjourney http://oureoghanjourney.wordpress.com

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When his Disability is no Longer “Cute”

  Receiving Oliver’s diagnosis was beyond difficult.

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The Power of a Hug

'If you could go anywhere in the world to do a good deed for someone, where would…

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Accessible Summer Festival in Bury, North England

Consider this a public service announcement from Firefly!

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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by Ger Smyth
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The Definition of a Friend

friend/frɛnd - nouna person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

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How Not to Parent: Summer Holiday Edition

Over the past eight years I have been taking part in a social experiment called the…

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by Jane Scott
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Will we Ever be Out of the Woods?

Once you’ve been through a frightening, challenging experience, you feel an…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Gear Up to Get Cycling

Whether you enjoy being outside in the fresh air, the wind blowing in your hair,…

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by Hayley Goleniowska
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Summer Picnic Sausage Rolls

These sausage rolls are better than any you can buy in the supermarkets and they…

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by Laura Moore
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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Welcome to the Family

Newly inducted to The Special Needs Parenting Club? You may not feel it’s the…

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by Jane Scott
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Five Inexpensive End of Term Gifts

It's end of term and I have so many people to thank. 

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by Miriam Gwynne
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Holidays are Hard

There is no shame is admitting summer holidays are hard.

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by Miriam Gwynne
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I am Not a Fan of Holland

Firstly, let me add that I have never actually visited Holland however I am sure…

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The Chosen One

We all have done it and have seen that Facebook can be one of the many places for…

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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by Mark Arnold
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5 Travel Tips for Long Haul Flights

We have just come back from an amazing holiday in Florida, 3 weeks in the sun which…

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by Laura Moore
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A Proper Holiday

We had our first "proper" holiday a few months ago. I've been wanting…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Easy Chicken Curry

I love simple dinners I can just prep and leave and this curry is one of my go-to…

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by Laura Moore
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The Heart of a Special Needs Dad

A father is defined as “a man who exercises paternal care over other persons;…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Father’s Day

I owe my sanity to my husband, like really!

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A Gift to my Husband on Father’s Day

I write quite often, in my personal blog, about happiness.

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A Letter to all the Lonely Carers

I have a confession to make - I am extremely lonely

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More than a Typical Daddy

In our world of special needs parenting we often hear little from or about these…

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by Ger Smyth
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5 Tips to Make Airports Less Stressful Places to Be

We all know that airports aren’t the calmest environments but you can reduce…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parenting: I Never Thought

I have been thinking lately about a few of things I had thought after I gave birth…

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by Ger Smyth
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6 Years

Six years ago today at 37 weeks pregnant I was in the antenatal clinic for my final…

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Summer for the Hinkleys

School has finally wrapped up for my oldest son, Aaden, who just graduated fourth…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Will she Always Have that Tube?

If I had a £1 for every time I was asked that question.

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Roasted Tomato and Bacon Pasta

I love simple suppers and this one is so simple you can even make it in advance and…

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