Trisha Stibbe

Trisha was born and raised in Fargo. After marrying her high school sweetheart they moved to Omaha, NE where they spent the next decade. Finally back in their hometown, Trisha and her husband Adam are raising four kids with big personalities. Twins Sam and Jack were born in 2010 at 28 weeks, thrusting Trisha and her husband into the world of special needs parenting. A few years later, in 2012, Adam and Trisha welcomed son Eli. Not content with stopping when things seemed easy, they welcomed daughter Claire into their family in 2015. Claire was a surprise for many reasons, but the biggest of all came at her birth when they were told she had Down Syndrome and a heart defect. Trisha is fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home-mom, and spends most of her “free time” advocating for special needs and inclusion, going to various and plentiful doctors appointments, volunteering for BIO Girls, and meeting her caffeine limit by about 9:00 a.m. every day. She deals with her crazy life best with sarcasm and has found a creative outlet through her blog. You can follow her on Instagram.
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11 Books to Help Kids Understand Difference & Inclusion

One of the most common questions I hear is, "How can I explain differences to my kids?" Followed up with, "Is it okay to ask questions?"  As a mom to two children with special needs...

Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Let’s Talk Facts

No one said it would be easy to raise a child with Down syndrome. And it definitely isn’t. But in the five years of raising our daughter, Claire, it has been rewarding beyond measure....
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Siblings of Kids with Special Needs: Meeting Their Needs, Too

As a child of the '80s and '90s, I grew up knowing almost no one with a disability. Sure, I’d see some kids with special needs at my school. But rarely did I interact...
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Autism: A New Experience in Quarantine

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, our world started to close in. North Dakota’s governor announced a statewide closure of all schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All residents were urged to go into “Quarantine”...
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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day & Gigi’s Playhouse

World Down Syndrome Day is perhaps my favorite day of the year. As a mother of four children, and only one who has Down syndrome, perhaps it’s shocking that I openly admit such a...