CrossFit JordanFitness is something we think about a lot in Jordan’s world. We learned a long time ago that with a limb difference, it’s super important to keep her core strong. If your core is strong, your body will not have as many long term issues due to a limb difference. So sports and fitness is a priority. Luckily, Jordan loves it all. If it’s challenging, she loves it even more.

This year, athletics are an even bigger priority. Jordan decided she wanted to join the Girl Scouts… and since she already had so many activities, I told her she would need to decide to drop one from her year. I didn’t expect her to pass up dance, but this year she is taking a year off to see what the scouts are like. She will continue to play softball, basketball and recently added: CrossFit.

CrossFit Kids is a really fun class that focuses on teaching kids strength – which is an awesome supplement to any other sports. While Jordan works to get stronger at CrossFit, her other sports will benefit. Right now, she’s working very hard at improving her backhanded swing for softball. Any and all strength work will help as well.

Adaptive CrossFit is a growing category in the CrossFit world… but most adaptations were created for adults. Many of those adults are members of the military who lost limbs in the war. Jordan is a little unusual since she’s a kid with a limb difference. We are very lucky to have found a gym that is interested in building opportunities for adaptive CrossFit and they’re taking the time to find ways to help Jordan adapt. We’re all learning as we go… Which is pretty much just how Jordan lives her life. What’s cool is we are learning and will be able to help other kids learn as well.

If you’ve ever seen or met an upper limb adaptive CrossFit athlete, I’d love to learn about their adaptations and if there are ways we can learn more for Jordan and all kinds of other kids who may want to join her with adaptive CrossFit Kids activities some day!

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Every since Jordan was a baby, we’ve used books as a way to help kids better understand how we can all have differences and they aren’t scary. From Harry and Willy and Carrothead to Oliver’s High Five, we’ve loved how books open up conversations for us.

This school year was different for us. Since we moved a whopping one mile, Jordan was put into a different elementary school. And that meant we kind of had to start over with creating an accepting and understanding environment. So we decided to dig into a new group of books and donate them to our school library. Here’s a look at what we shared.

Stand Straight Ella Kate
Stand Straight, Ella Kate
Jordan and I love love love this book. Jordan thinks it’s so good, she donated her personal copy to the school library. This book is about Ella Kate Ewing who grew up to be incredibly tall. She tells her story of how she had remarkable experiences due to her differences.

Giraffes Can Not Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance
I learned about this book from our friends, Nicole Kelly, during a weekend event celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act. This hardback book tells a sweet story about how a giraffe was harassed for not being able to dance. It shows how the giraffe moves past the criticism and learns to be a dancer in his own way.

Jacobs Eye Patch

Jacob’s Eye Patch
This sweet book tells the story of how Jacob must wear an eye patch and he’s constantly asked why. It looks at how we might feel when there are a lot of questions about your differences and how sometimes you don’t want to talk about it.

Little Miss Jessica Goes to School

Little Miss Jessica Goes to School
I’m not a big fan of those Beanie Boo dolls and Little Miss Jessica has eyes just like those dolls… but Jordan absolutely loved this story about a little girl who has one hand and her rough start on her first day of school. She learns you don’t have to run away from the ways kids react from a limb difference.

Different is Awesome book

Different is Awesome
I’ve already written a lot about how our friend Ryan wrote a super sweet book about how a limb difference is awesome… just like so many other things that make us different and awesome. I was excited to give the library a signed copy of the book along with a bookmark and sticker from his Kickstarter campaign.

Along with giving the library the book collection, Jordan and I wrote her yearly picture book to introduce her to her fellow students. Not only is there a copy in each fourth grade classroom, there’s a copy in the library and the afterschool program has a copy as well. Take a look:


(If you can’t see it on this page, go to this link to check it out.)

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While we were away…

August 25, 2015

This summer was a big deal. And poor Born Just Right’s website fell behind on months and months of stories because of it. It all started in May when I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms conference at Walt Disney World. I saw and learned so many amazing things at […]

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Get a chance to meet people developing the future

July 27, 2015

I’ve written about the fantastic ideas and developments coming from the open source group, eNABLE. It’s an international group of makers developing prosthetics using 3D printers and other ingenious methods to make prosthetics more affordable and accessible. It’s redefining prosthetics and the expectations of what is possible for people in the limb difference world. So […]

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A whole new arm experience

July 16, 2015

Jordan has focused a lot of her prosthetic use on specific tasks – mainly activities like biking and kayaking. Her new joy with her new activity arm is using a scooter all over the place. But the biggest reason we use prosthetics is to help her body do more bi-manual motions – gross and fine motor. […]

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The gift of building new arms

July 15, 2015

Jordan and I are in the middle of our seventh round of prosthetic building. It’s nowhere close to as emotionally exhausting as it used to be. We don’t work with a company that is close to home because no one near us has the intense knowledge of upper limb technology as our prosthetist, Dave Rotter. […]

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Different is Awesome Giveaway

July 7, 2015

Books and photos are two of my favorite ways to help kids better understand a physical difference. Each year, Jordan and I put together a short photo book that tell her story and help her classmates better understand how she lives with one hand. I think that’s why I’m extra excited for my friend, Ryan […]

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The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kids Camp Experience

June 18, 2015

When Jordan was invited to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) Kids Camp, I was sad it took place the same weekend as Camp No Limits Missouri… I actually stopped and talked to Jordan about deciding between the two. We both knew WWAST camp was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And oh boy, it really was. […]

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Spending time with the Wounded Warriors

May 28, 2015

Jordan is less than two weeks away from an amazing opportunity. She gets the chance to work on her softball skills and get to know the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. It’s incredible. We are flying to California to spend a week with the team and 19 other kids and their parents. Jordan will have […]

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That time I bought a house while I was at Walt Disney World

May 20, 2015

Right before I left to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DisneySMMC), Randy and I stumbled into the best house in the whole world. He’s wanted to move out of our current house for a long time. I’ve been standing ground. I didn’t want to move. I didn’t want to deal with the drama. […]

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Learning from Disney Parks

May 8, 2015

I’m attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. Today is a day full of learning from some of the park’s finest creative minds and other smart people as the hand picked group of attendees also learn from each other. It’s a really awesome opportunity that I’ve followed online for a number of […]

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A hard-headed update

May 5, 2015

My mom visited this past week and it was SO great to have her in town. It’s also so interesting to have her around to watch our household dynamics from an “outsider” perspective but since she isn’t really an outsider, she’s able to actually tell me what she sees. You know, she noticed Jordan is […]

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GIVEAWAY: Mother’s Day cards from #lovehallmark

May 4, 2015

Disclosure: Hallmark Cards sent me a set of Mother’s Day cards to review for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed from here on are my own. I’m headed into a crazy month of travel where I’m missing time with the family for Mother’s Day and my birthday. So it was really great to have […]

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Making things official with Camp No Limits

May 1, 2015

Earlier this month, I celebrated the announcement of a really special fundraiser for Camp No Limits. You know, the summer camp that means so much to our entire family. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium offered to match $20,000 if the Camp No Limits board raises $20,000. I’m even more excited about this fundraiser because I’m honored […]

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New Year’s Eve at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

April 30, 2015

I’m one week away from attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) at Walt Disney World. Leading up to the event, I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventures I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park, our Wild Africa Trek experience, tips for doing Disney with one hand and fun […]

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