Clean Teeth and Kindness

As I take Emily to the restroom to begin her evening routine, I engage in my mental routine to prepare. My inner chatter commences. You can do hard things. You were made for this. You are a caregiving badass. Tonight will go well. You have enough energy left to do this. You are doing thisContinue reading “Clean Teeth and Kindness”

Dogs, Beards, Emily, a Wedding, and God

Looking at all the incredible photographs from this past weekend fills me with gratitude and joy. My favorite nephew (please do not tell the others), Collin got married. The wedding was in Santa Barbara. The weekend included the rehearsal dinner on Friday followed by an incredible cocktail party on the rooftop of the Hotel Californian.Continue reading “Dogs, Beards, Emily, a Wedding, and God”

It’s Just a Tea Towel

I received snail mail this week that filled me with delight. I love to get things in the mail. I am not talking about the countless Amazon boxes, but handwritten notes or cards. Joy mail makes my heart sing. The package was from Zatuilla. She is a friend I have made through the Pause BreatheContinue reading “It’s Just a Tea Towel”

Disability is Diversity

I was honored when Jessica Patay invited me to be part of this year’s We Are Brave Together photo session. I started working with the organization last fall. They provide support, low-cost retreats, and resources for moms of children with unique needs. I believe in their mission. If you know me, then you also knowContinue reading “Disability is Diversity”

What? That’s Not a Disability

Don’t do it. Don’t do it. My mind recalls a reel on Instagram, “Girl, don’t do it!” You don’t share your thoughts on these things. It is better to let it go. If I don’t say something about this, who will? What are you afraid of? Being controversial? Making someone upset? Remember that thing weContinue reading “What? That’s Not a Disability”

Time Lies

It’s only an hour, I thought. How can an hour be so disruptive? I was on a Zoom call with Bobby Kountz this weekend and he was discussing Timelines and said Time “lies”. He was discussing how we often take time for granted. We postpone things until something happens or changes. We tend to kickContinue reading “Time Lies”

Sorting the Pieces

Imagine a large granite table with four different puzzles on it. Each is 1,000 pieces, and every puzzle is unique. Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to complete the puzzles. There is ample time to finish the task, and you enjoy solving puzzles. You accept the challenge with excitement and enthusiasm. As youContinue reading “Sorting the Pieces”

A Letter of Gratitude to The Wiggles

This morning Todd and I were trying to reset Emily’s FireTV. Nothing we did seemed to restore YouTube. We worked at it for what felt like hours, but it was only ten minutes. What are we going to do if we cannot get this fixed? How will we survive without The Wiggles? Todd and IContinue reading “A Letter of Gratitude to The Wiggles”