jordan-frozen-princess-limb-differenceWhen 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 different. She can turn things into ice. She tries to not “let them in, don’t let them see” her differences. What she eventually learns is her life is burdened when she choses to “conceal, don’t feel.” Once she chooses to be her true self, she learns to take advantage of her differences. It’s celebrated by her sister and her kingdom. I drew conclusions pretty quickly about how Elsa had to realize she’s different and it’s okay. Her inner debate ended up freezing her kingdom for a while. Most kids with differences don’t have such an outward struggle.

Jordan recently realized her connection to Elsa. I never pushed it on her. But this week, when we started talking about Disney princesses, she had a big ‘aha’ moment. I’m trying to prepare her for a super huge birthday surprise to visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Jordan is a very lucky kid who has celebrated at the salon for her third, fifth and seventh birthdays. I had told her the salon was fully booked and she wouldn’t be able to go for her ninth birthday. But I’m totally surprising her with a special trip. In advance, I wanted to make sure she had a surprise outfit in the style of her favorite princess. The problem? I wasn’t sure which princess is her favorite. So I casually asked and Jordan thought long and hard about it. That’s when she brought up Elsa. After a few moments she had an Elsa realization. Then Jordan talked about how the princess knows what it’s like to be different… And then she “Let It Go.” (I love excuses to sing that song.)

Yup. My daughter knows her Disney facts. And I’m super impressed that she figured out how Elsa connects to her own life.

I know some parents try to steer their kids away from the princess culture. My rough and tumble, sporty girl has a very dressy side. I love to celebrate all of it. I think it’s very cool for her to have two awesome Disney characters to connect with: Nemo and Elsa. Our visit to Walt Disney World will give us a chance to celebrate both characters in some really fun ways. I can’t wait.

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Pretending to be Elsa

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reeves-2014-holiday-cardFor 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 a note instead of using a stamp to say hi.

So… We’ve done it again. The Reeves holiday website is up and running and we’re proud to share our wild and exciting year with you. We’re also happy to give you the chance to download our holiday card. Feel free to print it out and hang it up with all your other cards!

I am very proud of my family this year. They have grown in so many ways while I have had the chance to experience so many things that have helped build my career. This year, I hope I’ve made a positive impact on our Born Just Right community and in my job as AARP’s social communications trainer. There’s so much more to do… And I’m happy to know we’re going to keep raising awareness and raising our families with a positive focus in the years ahead.

Enjoy our holiday website and please leave a note if you have a moment!

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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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#GivingTuesday is a great reason to kick off a birthday fundraiser

December 2, 2014

Each year Jordan asks for one thing for her birthday: Donations to Camp No Limits. She is super proud of what we’ve been able to raise trough the years and in 2014, we’re closer to our end-of-the-year goals than ever before. Today is Giving Tuesday. That’s a day created to celebrate giving back to non-profits […]

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Giving so much thanks

November 27, 2014

I’m finally coming out of my food coma from our Thanksgiving feast… And I’m feeling super thankful for so many things. Earlier this week, I had a chance to drive Jordan out to the Kansas City area to spend 24 hours with a friend. I’m so thankful the years of connections I’ve made online that […]

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Wear some Born Just Right and make a difference

November 26, 2014
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Not long ago, Jordan wore a t-shirt to help her feel more empowered around a new group of kids. Sharing how she is a Born Just Right kid helped her feel super proud. That experience set off a lot of behind the scenes conversations in my world. Two fantastic parents of Born Just Right kids reached […]

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Giving and making an impact

November 24, 2014

I am a  member of the Everywhere Society and they provided me with this product for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. The holidays are such an awesome time of the year for us. It gives our family a chance to celebrate together, eat awesome food, travel and do good. The do […]

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A rock star runner

November 17, 2014

Jordan spent this fall practicing with our local youth cross country program. She only competed in one meet because we were so busy with fun stuff like football games and family travel. But during those practices, Jordan gained some serious stamina. Girlfriend can run. Just last week, she rain a 5K with me with very […]

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Friendship trumps logic

November 12, 2014

Third grade seems a little young… but friendships are a very important part of Jordan’s life and her self-confidence. I’ve tried to analyze her recent behavior challenges in school and I realize a lot of it leads to her hopes to be liked by everyone. It is fascinating to me because she’s spent more of […]

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A vision for a go-go-gadget hand

November 6, 2014

Almost immediately after Jordan was born, Randy and I started talking about the ultimate prosthetic hand. Randy had a vision of a hand that included a phone, weapons and tools that would help her through any and every situation. If you’re my age, you probably remember the cartoon version of Inspector Gadget. I want my […]

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The magic of community

November 5, 2014

Community. We come together in so many ways. The first way I think about community is when I have a chance to meet in person with the wonderful people who are a part of the Born Just Right community. Our most recent meetings were in California. We meet up with families in San Jose, Santa […]

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That hard headed challenge

November 4, 2014

What to do. What to do. Miss Jordan has a hard head. She’s strong willed. She’s a beast in a good and bad way. But I’ll be honest. I’m a bit stumped with this young lady. In the last year, she’s lost the fear of the adults who are trying to help lead her and […]

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