Articles and Books by Chris and Pattie

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We love to write!  These articles have appeared in a few newsletters for various non-profit organizations and are also published on the web.  The May/June issue of Faith and Family will have an article that includes our family.  Click on the links below to read some of our articles.  We would love to know what you think, so feel free to send us an email with your comments.

Article by Chris:

A Pilot's Opinion of the Global Positioning System: Uses, Problems & More

Articles by Pattie:

Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome

Gluten-Free Recipes: White Cake

Gluten-Free Recipes: Gingerbread Cake

Beyond the Second Opinion: Is There Hope?

Looking on the Bright Side of Chronic Illness

Home for the Holidays

Creating a Homeschool Garden

Homeschooling Day Trips: Portland, Maine Lighthouses

Homeschooling Day Trips: Valley Forge

Homeschooling Day Trips: Fort McHenry

Homeschooling Day Trips: Boston Freedom Trail

Medication and Supply 101

Gluten Free Recipes: Graham Crackers

Making Tortillas, Wraps and Pita Bread

Scrubbing Toilets for God

Homeschooling Boys

Helping Children Cope with Medical Procedures: Using Social Stories

Using Fun and Humor to Help Children Cope with Medical Procedures

Overcoming Life's Challenges

How Do We Love Our Enemies?

Accepting God's Will through reflection on his Agony and Crucifixion

How to Host an Indian Birthday Party

Finding and Using Color From Nature

The Origin of Easter Eggs

Homeschooling: A Real Life Humorous Perspective

The Death and Crucifixion of Jesus

Simply Homeschooling: Poster Projects

How to Host a Bone Marrow Donor Drive

A Bunny Tale

A Pilgrimage to Lambeau Field

Coping with Chronic Illness: Things I have Learned on my Quest for a More Peaceful Life

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

The Paradox of the Cross

The Soul: A Poem

Examining the Letters of St. Paul

If I Die in A Combat Zone: Box me Up and Ship me Home

Exploring Freud's Theory of Religion: Oedipus and Totem and Taboo

A Bunny Tale Part Two

Shwachman Diamond America Jan/Feb 2008 Newsletter

Shwachman Diamond America December 2007 Newsletter

Cards by Pattie

Promote Your Page Too

How to Make Raspberry Lemonade

How to Make Lemonade

How to Host a Bone Marrow Donor Drive

How to use Fun and Humor to Help Children Cope with Hospital Stays and Medical Procedures

How to Communicate Effectively With Your Child's Doctor

How to Help Your Child Look on the Bright Side of Chronic Illness

How to Make S'mores in the Oven

How to create your own homeschool garden

How to Love Your Enemies

How to Cope with a Child's Chronic Illness

How to Make it Through Your Child's Bone Marrow Biopsy

How to Build a Family Website

How to Make Brown Rice Flour

How to Make Strawberry Smoothies

How to Make Raspberry Smoothies

How to Make Gluten-Free Brownies

How to Cut Costs When Traveling for Medical Treatments

How to Grow Pumpkins in a Container

How to Make Gluten Free Graham Crackers

How to Host an Indian Birthday Party 

How to Make Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

How to Make Gluten-Free White Cake

How to Make Tortillas and Wraps

Back when Sean and Joseph were in pre-school, we wrote a book together.  We titled it "We Take Enzymes".  The first copy was done on pink construction paper with crayon.  Sean and Joseph colored the pictures (with a bit of help from mom).  We read this book every day for a long time and it helped them to understand why they needed to take enzymes, what enzymes did for their bodies and the importance of good nutrition.    Over the years, I have met many families who loved the idea of the book and thought it would be helpful for their children in getting them to take their enzymes.

Last year, I made a prototype, but it was expensive for other families to purchase.   I found a place that could offer the book in eBook form and print form at a low cost.  I updated it quite a bit from that first construction paper draft and hope that it is as helpful to other children as it was to my own. So far, the feedback has been great--other children have been helped by seeing Sean and Joseph in print.  They do not feel alone!

I also recently published a book titled Bone Marrow Biopsy Day.  This book came after I created a scrapbook for Sean and Joseph with pictures from the bone marrow biopsy procedure itself along with various other images from the day.  When we brought it to the hospital,  several of the nurses, doctors and child life specialists told me I should publsih the book.  Child Life liked it so much that we donated a copy to the hospital. 

If you are interested in previewing the the cover and the first eight pages of the books, please visit the links above,  click on  the title hyperlink and then on "preview book".