My husband Dan and I live in Pendleton with our children David and Adam. Our youngest son, Adam, was diagnosed with a disability when he was 4.

When I first suspected that Adam had some developmental delays I searched the internet and read every book I could find to figure out how to best support and encourage his development. However, what I really wanted was to talk with another mom that understood what I was going through.

In 2011, I started to meet other parents that were walking a similar journey as my own. I gained an incredible amount of strength, knowledge, and wisdom from them. As I made these connections, I went from not having the desire to leave my house, to advocating for my son, and then to reaching out to other families and sharing what I have and continue to learn so that they know they are not alone.

Our family enjoys the many activities Pendleton has to offer. Everything from going to the art center and library to the Round-up. Although we don’t go as often as we would like, my husband and I like to sneak off for a weekend to enjoy our seats deep in the black hole, cheering for the Oakland Raiders.

My passion for family-to-family support and the desire to have a family network available for families in Eastern Oregon has lead me to become involved with ROCCOS.