defense-basketball-jordan“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 to this point.

Last year was her first season and she loved it so much, she attended Nubability Athletics‘ summer camp to work on her skills. Sure, she still needs to work on dribbling and looking forward at the same time. She should also keep practicing her shooting skills. But she has as much confidence on the court as all the other girls. It’s awesome.

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Even better, when I shared pictures of Jordan playing on the Born Just Right Facebook page, two of her summer basketball coaches left comments and that got Jordan even more excited. She loves knowing they checked in on her progress.

We have a month and a half of games each weekend. I can’t wait to see her continued progress on the court. It’s amazing to see her skills (and her teammates) when you compare everyone from a year ago.

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Jordan may be a really busy kid with all of her activities, but it’s such a huge confidence boost. Dance, running, basketball, softball… You name it, she’s probably tried it. I feel very fortunate we can give her all of these opportunities to push her limits and be active. Jordan really doesn’t see limitations. She just sees all kinds of ways to have fun.

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One-handed hair styling

by Jen Lee Reeves on January 26, 2015 · 5 comments

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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 this amazing task could not be accomplished by my daughter because her arm is so much shorter.

I was very wrong.

The one thing I have learned as the mom of a limb different kid is to shake off every assumption I made when she was a baby because she’s going to prove me wrong every time.

one-handed-pony-tailpont-tail-result-one-handSo fast forward to this past week when Jordan came downstairs to show off a new skill: Putting her hair into a pony tail. It’s something she has tried and tried but hasn’t had much luck. But while I was out of town on my running adventure, she mastered her skill. How? Those really stretchy cloth hair bands that have a knot at one end. It’s just enough stretch to make it work.

Jordan does it by pushing her hair back with the help of a headband, then pulls all her hair into the band. She stretches the band out with her little arm. Jordan can use her hand to wrap it around her hair a few more times. It ends up being tight enough to keep her hair up. She’s able to put her pony tail to the back or the side. Jordan’s favorite is the side pony. This is a really big deal for Jordan. When I grew up, doing my hair wasn’t a big deal, but for Jordan, this is epic. She loves doing my hair and anyone else who is willing to let her style a braid or a pony tail. But doing one for herself has been a challenge.

Next up? A braid. It’s something Jordan has been motivated to try ever since we saw Shriners Ambassador, Madelyn Hubbs, show how she braids her hair on YouTube:

Pretty cool, right?

Well, the braid inspiration just gets better. That’s because while Jordan was figuring out pony tails, I got to watch a very cool braiding lesson in person. In my last post, I mentioned how I got to meet Faith Dority, the runDisney Disney Parks Moms Panelist. She was born with one hand and has a younger friend who is also named Faith (whose mom has lovingly dubbed “Little Faith”) and she lives near Disneyland. Little Faith and her family have met with runDisney Faith every year since 2012. I was invited to hang out with them this time around… Which was awesome. Little Faith is an awesome surfer and you can sometimes check out some of her awesome activities on her Instagram page. Well, the Faiths worked on hair braiding while we ate ice cream and talked in Downtown Disneyland. It was so great. The only thing that would have been better was if Jordan was there to meet Little Faith and learn to braid her hair from Faith.

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I’m excited for Jordan to figure out braiding and I know she has many mentors ready to step in and help if she needs it. And not long from now, Jordan will be able to show other kids how she does it. It’s the circle of our community. Each person may need to figure things out on his or her own, but there’s support online or in person when and if you really need it. Even better… If you think your child can’t, just assume he or she can. Just step back and watch. You’ll be amazed.

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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 […]

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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… But I’d remind the kids about Nemo’s lucky fin and everything would be okay. So, when my brother […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A holiday greeting from our family

December 15, 2014

For the last seven years, we’ve realized I’m not that awesome at sending out holiday cards. But I love using the holidays as an excuse to catch up with family and friends. That’s why I started building a holiday website each year to tell our story and make it really easy for visitors to leave […]

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Updates for Camp No Limits

December 13, 2014

This year, we’ve raised money for Camp No Limits a little differently. We held a raffle (and items should be one their way to everyone this week) and we held a t-shirt campaign to show off how we are all born just right. It’s exciting to see us reaching Jordan’s goal of $4500 by December […]

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Many reasons to smile

December 9, 2014

Parenting is a non-stop roller coaster. Parenting two kids is like running between two rides and trying to keep up with the highs and lows of both at the same time. Luckily, my kids seem to trade off challenges. (You know, the stuff we have to remind ourself is a “phase.”) That way, I don’t lose […]

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If the whole world was listening, what would I say?

December 5, 2014

Jordan brought home a school project that took me a bit by surprise. It was an all about me display in the shape of a hot air balloon. She had a chance to draw herself (and she chose a version of herself running) and the family. Then she had a chance to write about herself. […]

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Finding a mentor through art

December 3, 2014

Hallmark was kind to give us a Keepsake ornament to review and one for a giveaway. But all opinions I write here are my own. In the last year, Jordan has discovered her crafty side. She loves to draw but she really loves to create things… Especially jewelry and little trinkets. I don’t really know where […]

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