Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada

Grandkids’ Artwork

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  • Grandkids’ Artwork

One of the problems when raising disabled children is, most people focus upon their weaknesses and either don’t recognize mentally challenged people have strengths, or choose to dismiss them. When my two mentally disabled granddaughters discovered I was blogging about my experiences as a Grandmother raising Grandchildren they asked if they could blog a post, (after I explained what a blog was). I thought about it, and remembered one of their strengths is artwork and asked them to paint some pictures, and then I would take photos of their art and load them to this post. So, enjoy!


This is our twenty-year old cat, Princess

Youngest Artist!

Sister Artist!

Author: whereasi

For over twenty years, I have parented four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: a disorder caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Please read of our family struggles and challenges at My two ebook memoirs available on Amazon titled: Two Decades Of Diapers, and, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years, describe the struggles my grandchildren and I experienced during their youth and teenage years. I have also written fiction, including a six-book English seaside series, titled, Under the Shanklin sky. I am now embarking on a new adventure creating children's picture books, designed specifically with kids with FAS in mind. The two main characters of the book are Strawberry & Cracker, twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The first titled The School Day focuses on the special supports the twins need at school for a successful outcome. The book is due out in the fall of 2017, to be followed by more in the series, all focused on the daily challenges faced by children with FAS. For more info, see my author blog at

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