I never get pictures of us running together. Big thanks to Denise for capturing this moment.

I never get pictures of us running together. Big thanks to Denise for capturing this moment.

I picked up running a number of years ago as something that helps calm my very busy brain. In the last few years, Jordan has taken a liking to it and I’ve discovered it’s something I really love to do with her. Blame school schedules and travel, but we don’t get to run together often… So this past weekend was pretty awesome.

Jordan wrapped her second ever session with Girls on the Run. It’s a fabulous program that helps girls focus on confidence and coping mechanisms BEFORE they get into the thick of middle school. It also teaches healthy, active habits and the knowledge that finishing a race is always a great feeling.

I feel like I provided Jordan with a perfect storm of confidence this school year. Consider the combination of Girls on the Run, Jordan’s American Girl campaign, her superhero experience with KIDmob and Autodesk and Born Just Right’s ongoing opportunities to help Jordan mentor other kids. That’s an amazingcollection of Jordan learning how to control her destiny. And she’s only TEN!

Since the school year is wrapping up, I decided to find a super fun reason for Jordan and I to keep running together this summer. Since I have a Disney habit (and continue to answer questions on the Disney Parks Moms Panel website), I decided to sign Jordan and I up for a virtual run challenge through runDisney. Check out the Virtual Running Shorts Series: Three virtual 5Ks that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society between May 15th and June 30th. I’m excited to do something extra fun and active with Jordan – who is already super active. (The softball season is almost in full swing and she continues to rock out CrossFit!)

Even better? Jordan and I will get to earn even more medals!
Sharing a medal

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My new favorite pictureThis year seems like a big turning point for Jordan… and maybe for me as well. When we kicked the year off together asking American Girl to consider limb difference options with its dolls, I watched Jordan come into her own. She has a voice that is full of hope and understanding in a world where it isn’t always easy to be different. Jordan is an advocate and I believe you, our Born Just Right community, helped her earn that ability very naturally.

Jen speaking at TEDxEarlier this week, I had a chance to speak at a TEDx event where I spoke about how Born Just Right changed my life. It changed how I raised my children. It changed how conduct myself in my career. When I needed community to help me raise a strong (in body and mind) child, it eventually helped me become an advocate for parents around the world. Now Jordan is finding her strength and voice to advocate for her peers. It’s remarkable to watch. It’s so cool to see how everything evolved.

Ever since Jordan and I were able to launch her petition into a national audience… And again, when Project Unicorn caught a wave of viral interest, I’ve watched Jordan feed into the experience a stronger person. Not braggy. Just stronger and more confident. (I reminded her that a viral moment is fleeting. Enjoy it. But how she conducts herself on a daily basis makes a bigger impact in the world.)
Jordan Eyes

I’ve said it time and again, there are no guide books on how to raise a child who grows up on the internet. I hope to guide Jordan toward using her strength and energy for good.  The tween world is sweet and strong. I hope we can carry it forward to the next stages in life. But we’re moving into a stage where it’s up to Jordan. I’m just the guide. She’s growing into her own person. Living in this moment, I’m a very, very proud mom.
Jordan and Mom(Thanks to Amy Enderle for these beautiful photos of Jordan.)

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What if… Project Unicorn Creation Excitement

April 15, 2016

Jordan and her design partner, Sam Hobish, met twice this week to keep plugging away at Project Unicorn. Last weekend, Jordan realized the most recent design plan wasn’t going to work out. I was worried it would leave Jordan down on this project. Luckily, the disappointment didn’t last long. Sam’s great attitude helped Jordan pivot […]

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Jordan Shares Her Project Unicorn Thoughts

April 12, 2016

Yesterday, I shared an update about how Jordan hit some snags in the building process for her latest 3D printed arm design. I know she was disappointed when she couldn’t find a way to bend the elbow based on the newest arm we have right now. After I posted the video we shot during the […]

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Good Ideas Don’t Always Work

April 11, 2016

Jordan learned about the process of making ideas into a reality earlier this year at the KIDmob Superhero Cyborg workshop. But it’s been a while since she hit a huge wall in the maker process. And we’ve most certainly hit a wall. Last week, Jordan got a new 3D printed design to try and make into […]

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A New Project Unicorn Prototype

April 5, 2016

Jordan continues to work on Project Unicorn with her design partner, Sam Hobish. They’re trying to figure out a way to take one of the newest 3D printed prosthetic designs and find ways to harness the little bit of movement at the base of Jordan’s little arm. Jordan and Sam met to talk through ideas […]

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What Happens After Your Kid Goes Viral

April 4, 2016

This past week was a bit nutty. I was finally home from a long month of travel, the kids had Spring Break and I was working from home when I came down with whatever evil germs the kids gave me. It was a nasty one. But while I was working on important work stuff in […]

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Keeping up with Project Unicorn

March 28, 2016

Ever since Jordan had a chance to spend almost a week in San Francisco with KIDmob and Autodesk to build her vision of a superhero that shoots sparkles from her arm, she’s shown a new version of confidence in her ability to create. Jordan says her superhero’s name is “Girl Blaster.” But our project still has […]

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3D Printing with Wonder Woman Power

March 18, 2016

The Born Just Right community is a stunning group of people. We are from all parts of the world. We have some type of touchpoint in the special needs world – especially limb differences. It’s given us a chance to peek into some amazing developments: From brain research on limb different adults to the growing […]

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An Unexpected Basketball Season

March 8, 2016

We all carry a lot of assumptions in our life based on the perceptions we’ve gathered as we grow up. Every once and a while, those perceptions change. Mine changed while watching Jordan talking to a student journalist about basketball. Through the years, Jordan has grown incredibly fond of basketball. She loves playing aggressive defense and […]

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Finding Dory is a Huge Win for Limb Difference Kids

March 2, 2016

There’s a new Finding Dory trailer out today! The movie is the next installment from Disney Pictures and Pixar about Dory, Nemo and their friends. We are beyond excited about a limb different fish making his return to the big screen! The first Finding Nemo movie came out in 2003. Cameron was almost 14 months old, and we were focused on […]

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The Power of CrossFit

February 24, 2016

Jordan discovered CrossFit Kids during last summer’s Nubability Athletics camp. I’d heard of it before. I’d watched amazing athletes complete the unthinkable on social media. After Jordan spent time working with Nubability coach, Dave Newkirk, she told me she wanted to get serious. So Jordan started weekly workouts at a gym in our area that had invited her […]

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Mainstream Adaptive Clothing is a Game Changer

February 23, 2016

Today, Runway of Dreams announced an incredible partnership. Tommy Hilfiger announced a new line of adaptive clothing so all children can wear stylish clothes. Magnets are a huge part of the design… Check out how MagnaReady magnets work for clothing. I am floored by how great the outfits all look. Jordan was so excited to see […]

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Jordan Makes Front Page News

February 20, 2016

I had mentioned how we continue to work with journalists to tell the story about our American Girl petition. Today, we were able to purchase a copy (or five) of The Kansas City Star. Jordan is on the front page with a picture of her running during a Girls on the Run practice earlier this week. […]

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