Jillian’s uncomplicated holidays

Jillian’s uncomplicated holidays

When Jillian was in college at Northern Kentucky University, Kerry and I made a habit of checking her bank balance. Jillian’s concept of money was not the greatest. She assumed it flowed endlessly, and once wrote herself a check for $500 when she needed spending cash. We didn’t want her bouncing checks. This was of greatest concern around the holidays. Suddenly, we’d see substantial dollars evacuating the bottom line. “Where’s your money going?” “I buy gifts,” she said. Gift cards…

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Jillian made the apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner! Before she moved out five years ago, Kerry put a big emphasis on teaching Jillian how to read recipes, use simple math and follow directions, all to prepare her for her independent life. Now, at 28, she and her husband Ryan cook entirely for themselves in their 2-bedroom townhouse. This is what our kids can do. All they need is a little help and a lot of faith. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone….

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To New Parents, on Jillian’s 28th birthday

To New Parents, on Jillian’s 28th birthday

Jillian Daugherty Mavriplis turned 28 Tuesday. For 27 years and 364 days, she has made us happy and proud and better people for being her parents. I don’t say this to paint a perfect picture. (It’s not perfect. I did say 364 days. The first day was awful.) I say it because it’s true. The day Jillian was born, all Kerry and I wanted was for someone to tell us everything would be OK. We learned quickly that sort of…

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Still No. 1 after all this time

Still No. 1 after all this time

Harper Collins published An Uncomplicated Life in March 2015. Two and a half years later, it’s back to being an Amazon #1 best seller. It was never the writing that made the book an evergreen. It was the subject. It was the message. Expect Don’t Accept. See, Don’t Look. Seize the Day, Live in the Moment. We’ve delivered the same message to corporate execs where we live, in Cincinnati — who were interested in hiring people with disabilities — because…

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Sacramento, here we come!

Sacramento, here we come!

Kerry and I will be setting up shop Thursday-Saturday at the National Down Syndrome Congress convention in Sacramento. We will have hard and paper copies of An Uncomplicated Life, our memoir of raising our 27-year-old daughter Jillian, born with Down syndrome. Jillian’s story offers realistic hope to any family blessed to have a child born with an extra chromosome. Jillian is married, works full time and lives fully independently in a townhome with her husband Ryan. Stop by our booth and…

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See you in Sacramento!

See you in Sacramento!

My wife Kerry and I have a booth at the National Down Syndrome Congress annual convention, July 18-20 in Sacramento. We will be signing and selling An Uncomplicated Life, our memoir of raising our daughter Jillian, now 27. born with Down syndrome. Jillian graduated high school, attended four years of college and 2 years ago married her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Mavriplis. They work full time and live entirely independently. Please stop by, say hello and be inspired. Thanks, and as always:…

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Happy 2nd anniversary, Jillian and Ryan

Happy 2nd anniversary, Jillian and Ryan

Two years ago today, Jillian Daugherty and the estimable Ryan Mavriplis were married at a nature preserve near Cincinnati, witnessed by 150 of their closest family and friends. The magic of that day was obvious. Beyond the obvious was this: Everyone there had a hand in getting the couple to that moment. That made […] via Jillian’s 2nd wedding anniversary — kerrypdaugherty

We’ll be in Sacramento!

We’ll be in Sacramento!

for the National Down Syndrome Congress convention, July 20-22. Kerry and I will be signing and selling An Uncomplicated Life, our memoir of raising our daughter Jillian, born Oct. 17, 1989 with Down syndrome. Jillian graduated high school, attended 4 years of college and has been married 2 years. She and Ryan live entirely independently with their dog, Gracie, in a 2BR townhouse. If you’re seeking a little inspiration, stop by the booth and say hello. As always. . ….

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Being there matters

Being there matters

The golfer Phil Mickelson has decided to skip the upcoming U.S. Open in Wisconsin, so he can attend his daughter Amanda’s high school graduation in California. The two coincide. For those not familiar with golf, the Open is one of four “major” championships.  It’s also the only major Mickelson has not won. If he did win it, he’d become just the 7th man ever to win all four. He has finished 2nd six times. It’s a very big deal. Especially…

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Hope and encouragement: Jillian’s summer job

Hope and encouragement: Jillian’s summer job

Jillian has a new job, at least until August. The ease, acceptance and grace that accompanied it are hopeful and gratifying. Both of her regular jobs, as an assistant to the Athletic Director at Northern Kentucky University and as a 1st-grade teacher’s assistant, charged with helping the kids with reading and math, run the length of the school year. She begins officially next week at LA Fitness, tasked with maintaining the cleanliness of the workout equipment and locker rooms. Most…

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