little-arm-bump-zach-hodskinsBasketball is a big part of our life during this time of the year. Jordan loves the challenge. She loves being on defense. She is starting to understand the intricacies of the game. She’s grown a lot as a player. I also knew there are mentors in the basketball world. I met Kevin Laue in late 2013 after watching a documentary about his college basketball career just as Jordan was starting hers. I knew one-handed basketball is possible.

College basketball has a new one-handed player with freshman Zach Hodskins. He’s a preferred walk on player for the Florida Gators. I’ve kept my eye on his success and since the Gators are in the SEC, I was excited knowing his team was going to visit the Missouri Tigers this month. We have two season tickets to watch Mizzou and I had hoped Jordan would get a chance to meet him and watch him play.

With the help of a Missouri coach and folks at Nubability Athletics, we were able to get a chance to drop by Florida’s practice to meet Zach and meet most of the team’s coaches. We were also invited to stay and watch the team work out while they were in town. Jordan was ecstatic. She not only got to meet Zach, ask him a few questions and watch practice, we went to the game and had a chance to talk to Zach a second time after the game.

zach-hodskins-basketball-practiceZach mentioned how growing up, he didn’t know other kids with upper limb differences. He didn’t get to run ideas with other people on how to tie shoes, rebound basketballs and all the other tiny challenges that come with a limb difference. He was ready to help answer questions Jordan might have. She mostly wanted to know if he uses his little arm when he’s defending the basketball. Her generation has so many more opportunities to get to know kids (and adults) like her thanks to the Internet. Meeting Zach was a huge deal. And to add to the big deal, she’s featured in one of our local newspapers. It’s a very sweet article about her basketball world and the opportunity to meet Zach.

Missouri ended up winning the game, breaking a long losing streak. Jordan had very mixed feelings about the result. Win or lose, I know she won. She has a new mentor to look up to. And as usual, I consider her a very lucky kid.

{ 1 comment }

We are a busy family.

pile-of-messIf you add in our activities and travel and my work travel, a few things have been ignored lately: I am not exercising enough and the house is a total mess. No, not like the Hoaders show. But there are piles everywhere. The house feels like it’s kind of closing in on itself. And we need to clean up. We’ve lived in the same house for almost 12 years. That’s longer than I’ve lived anywhere. I have a feeling I’ve downsized regularly just because I was moving a lot. But times have changed, our house hasn’t and we have a LOT of things. I think we have a lot of things that aren’t needed that are piled with things that are needed. And clearly, something needs to change.

So after a bit of a household rumble about the gross mess we are living in… I mentioned it to a good friend of mine who I used to work with in DC. And at the spur of the moment, she’s planning to visit us over the weekend to help with a massive clean up effort. Crazy, right? Who does that? Someone looking for an excuse to get away and hang with the family. Wow.

I’m excited and ready to dig in. Maybe, just maybe, the house will be less messy and our life can feel a little less crazy.

After that? It’s time to figure out how to get back to exercise even when it’s crazy cold out.

{ 0 comments }

Prosthetics do not change everything

February 19, 2015

The awesome expansion of the eNABLE program has made it possible for more and more children to have access to the experience of wearing a prosthetic hand. The media loves it. As someone who used to work in the tv news world, I love the story: A cute child has a chance to flex a […]

Read the full article →

In need of a new helper arm

February 18, 2015

I sent Jordan off to school with her helper arm on this morning. I don’t think that’s going to happen much longer this school year. The combination of bulky sleeves and the fact she keeps growing… Her arm is officially uncomfortable and doesn’t fit. We’ve always built a new one every 18 months or so. But […]

Read the full article →

A “wonderland” of prosthetics

February 13, 2015

Last week I had a chance to spend time with the largest prosthetic company in the United States, Hanger, Inc. Each year, the company has many of its technicians from across the country meet in Las Vegas to learn about the latest in prosthetic and orthotic technology. They also have an expo filled with vendors that […]

Read the full article →

A new one-handed basketball season

January 27, 2015

“That little girl with one hand can really play,” exclaimed a man sitting a few seats down from me during Jordan’s first game of the season. I was beaming with pride. Jordan is a basketballer. She really is. And I’m proud of how she played in her first game of the season. Jordan worked to get […]

Read the full article →

One-handed hair styling

January 26, 2015

It seems like it was forever ago… I was sitting in a gym with Jordan at Camp No Limits when she was three-years-old watching our friend Lizzie show off how she can put her hair into a pony tail with one hand and her little arm. I watched in awe, shot video and thought how […]

Read the full article →

Running Disney and merging my Born Just Right world

January 22, 2015

I started running when Jordan was a toddler. I needed something for me. A healthy outlet. Eventually I learned the joy of running outside. At some point, I even got rid of the headphones and started to appreciate the quiet. I rarely run with other people. It’s me time. It’s peaceful. My world is non-stop […]

Read the full article →

Finding Nemo at Art of Animation Resort

January 16, 2015

We’ve used Nemo as a teacher when it comes to Jordan’s little arm ever since she was a baby. When Cameron’s school friends were super confused about how it could be possible Jordan has a tiny arm… I’d remind the kids about Nemo’s lucky fin and everything would be okay. So, when my brother told […]

Read the full article →

A fun run that could make an impact

January 15, 2015

At the very end of the year, you helped make it possible for us to send TEN kids to Camp No Limits. It’s pretty awesome. But since we had such a good year for fundraising, I figure we could easily kick off the new year with a chance to raise some more? Imagine having the […]

Read the full article →

Turning the volume up on music lessons

January 14, 2015

Jordan is in her second year of piano and recently graduated from her beginner book. It’s time to take her skills to a new level. But that’s when her teacher asked her the question: Does she want move to the next level learning in a one-handed piano-playing style or does she want to continue with her […]

Read the full article →

Always finding a chance to meet new friends

January 13, 2015

One of the greatest purposes of this website is finding ways to bring our families together. It can be through raising money so families can meet at Camp No Limits. Sometimes it’s setting up pen pal relationships or creating meet ups across the country. Sometimes it’s a long wait before we meet someone in person. […]

Read the full article →

Using the holidays to give the kids an Amtrak experience

January 13, 2015

In our quest to hit the major Orlando amusement parks and spend time with my parents in South Florida, we decided to fly into Orlando before the holidays, have fun at Universal Studios, take an Amtrak to South Florida for Christmas, and then drive back up to Orlando afterward. We can officially say we experienced […]

Read the full article →

One in a minion experience at Universal Studios

January 12, 2015

We are settled back into regular life after two weeks in Florida. It was an epic adventure and it’s taken a lot of time for me to sort through my thoughts and thousands of photos. We really did it all during this most recent trip. Our family visited amusement parks and we spent time with […]

Read the full article →

Why Jordan totally connects with Frozen’s Elsa

December 17, 2014

When we took the kids to see Frozen last year, we all connected to it immediately. We loved the music. We loved the story. We loved the girl power. But deep down, we really appreciated Elsa, the ice queen, and her struggles. I thought about it almost immediately. Elsa has magical powers that make her […]

Read the full article →
Real Time Analytics Google+