Traveling with Special Needs, on the road

We are so lucky to have one of the best dermatologists we could imagine, and he has always encouraged us to do anything we “normally” would as a family, even if we have to plan extra or get creative. One of those things is traveling. Even though traveling can be challenging figuring out the logistics for Brenna’s skin care and working around the various weather conditions (we couldn’t believe how much the dry state of Colorado affected Brenna’s skin – we had to apply nearly twice the usual amount of Aquaphor!), ...more

“An Extraordinary Purpose”: my guest post on (in)courage

I often hear the word “wrong” to describe my child. “What’s wrong with her skin?” “What’s wrong with her face?” Or, simply, “What’s wrong with her?” As it turns out, not looking like everyone else means that our daughter receives daily stares, pointing, comments and questions — questions about “what is wrong?” So her skin appears different than most, and it doesn’t function like most. But wrong? ...more

Trip to Wisconsin Dells: and we thought she couldn’t do water parks…

If I’m going to be totally honest, I wasn’t real excited when my mom’s extended family made plans for a long weekend at a water park resort in the middle of July. I’m picturing sweltering heat, cold water, germs everywhere. Ignorant stares and comments ....more

Why my 3-year-old has her own business cards

It was one of those things that just got away from me. I was every intention of making a card to pass out explaining Brenna’s condition to strangers who stared or asked questions, but month after month slipped by as I occupied myself with other things and allowed...more

{Celebrating Beautiful} Letting God Untangle Your Insecurity, by Carey Scott

In blogging for the last 3 years, I’ve written about many different topics, but one theme that has remained constant has been my focus of...more

Tasting the Freedom: eating independence!

This weekend was cause for celebration, as we donned our red, white and blue to commemorate the freedom that has been fought for...more

Missing one half of my matching kitty set

We found them at the animal shelter – two black and white brothers who had been returned when their previous owners became too senile to care for them. They were a matching set. I’m a crazy cat lady ....more

Stepping into Step2: my blog ambassador trip to Ohio

I don’t think I’m going to use the phrase “like a kid in a candy store” anymore. I think I’m going to switch that to “like a kid at Step2 Headquarters.” I mean, I’m 31 and I still got super excited seeing all of these awesome toys when I walked through the doors…It was nearly three years ago when I saw that MoneySavingMom had posted about Step2 accepting applications to be on their blogger team and to test some of their toys. I applied on a whim, and was a little surprised to be chosen ....more

Parents: What I Wish You Would Do

As we enter the playground area, your child immediately points to mine, calling loudly “Mom, look at HER!” You quickly hush him, calling him to you to quietly reprimand him. You’re at the end of the same grocery store aisle when your child catches a glimpse at the baby in my cart and asks “why is that baby so red?” You practically put your hand over his mouth to stop as much of the question as you can, while hurrying around the corner...more

Friday Favorites, June 19

Brenna’s OT and I were laughing about a friend of his who doesn’t like musicals because she says in real life, no one spontaneously breaks out into song. But she’s wrong, because Brenna does And she has been making people laugh with her random eruptions into the ABCs, Wheels on the Bus and Jesus Loves Me lately! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite reads, events and moments in recent weeks… I have been in reading mode this summer! ...more