We got to learn about some of the cool creations that have happened inside the mHUB facility.

Jordan and I found a way to pack in 46 hours of travel and adventure to visit Chicago and launch a new round of prosthetics. For the first time, Jordan grew out of her arms in less than a year. She’s so much bigger than a year ago.

Thanks to that new growth, we had a new chance to hold a meetup in Chicago! With the help of The Maker Mom, Kim Moldofsky, we had a chance to see old and new friends AND tour an amazing maker space called mHUB Chicago.

The goal of our meetup was to have a chance to share how Jordan became a maker and 3D designer. She wanted to show how empowering it can be to learn how to create for yourself. Along with a group of kids and parents, we also had a group of college students studying to become engineers. Jordan’s prosthetist, David Rotter, had a chance to attend and learn more about the facility while sharing some of his insights on prosthetics and 3D design. Add in a couple of members of mHUB and we had a show and tell to remember!


Big thanks to Kim Moldofsky for hosting us at mHUB and Eric Thomas and family for sharing this photo! (And driving into the city for our event!)

Jordan and I had to get up at 3am that morning to get into the city to enjoy all of our activities, so Jordan was a combination of exhausted and over-excited. When it came to presenting Project Unicorn, she was a little quieter presenting her experience than in the past. But she still had a chance to shoot her glitter and make everyone smile. In the end, that’s really her goal!

While the kids used scooters to zoom up and down the hallways, the parents had a chance to talk about prosthetics and all of the activities we participate in to help our kids. I feel like we are all on the cusp of a new world for anyone living with adaptive needs. We don’t have to rely on a mainstream industry to create the products our kids need. Our kids can create those products. (With the help of grownups who support them.)

I really appreciate Kim and the folks at mHUB for hosting us. It was amazing to see the huge facility and think about all the different ways we can all learn to create. I can’t wait for us to continue finding more ways for kids to learn about this exciting world!


I have serious things to write about the school year, about the maker work and inclusive design. But a combination of travel, kid activities, my job and my work on the Disney Parks Moms Panel has prevented me from taking some serious time to sit down and write serious stuff.

So why not another amazing story about the time Jordan and I got to visit Walt Disney World Resort this past May? It was a chance for the two of us to spend time in one of our favorite places, stay in one of my favorite resorts (Disney’s Beach Club Resort) and watch Jordan win a very special Dream Big, Princess Innovation Award.

Rey at Star Wars Launch BayThe trip was also a reason for Jordan to try on her very special Star Wars Rey costume for the first time. Her Uncle Jon gave it to her for her birthday and we were so excited to show it off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jordan wears Rey well and she feeds on the strength the character has in the movie.

We had one major goal after Jordan had a chance to say hi to Mickey and meet some of the folks attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Meet Chewbacca. We hopped on board a water taxi, entered the park and walked straight to Star Wars Launch Bay. The line wasn’t too long to meet Chewie and wow, he was so happy to see his friend Rey.

Jordan and Chewbacca

Chewie and Jordan

Maybe it’s because I was so excited to watch this meeting. Maybe it’s because Chewie was so so sweet. But seeing Jordan’s pure happiness with the furry guy made me tear up a little. My little Rey was suddenly in the thick of the Star Wars experience and talking to Chewbacca about going out to fly the ship. Jordan told me she knew exactly what he was trying to tell her: Wanna fly? It was so sweet and just another reason why we love Disney experiences. Everyone deserves a solid hug from Chewbacca at least once in his or her life.

Chewie hugs

By the way, these photos were taken by Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers. They did such an awesome job. None of my photos compared to the joy they captured.


A very special Finding Nemo The Musical experience

September 9, 2016

For years, our visits to Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort must include two things: Riding Expedition Everest and seeing a showing of Finding Nemo The Musical. Finding Nemo became a big part of our lives ever since Jordan was born. Back when she was a newborn and Cameron was in the […]

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You can make an impact in limb difference research

September 6, 2016

This week, I am full of stories of dads who are contributing to the limb difference community. Today I wanted to give you the heads up about a research project that you may be able to help. There is an online survey that ends at the end of the week and I hope we can […]

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I’ve got your back. I know you’ve got mine.

September 1, 2016

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a post about how I am careful about the photos I share of kids on this site and Born Just Right’s social media pages. Specifically, limb different kids. I focus on the stories we learn as Jordan grows and share a lot of the photos I take along […]

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Claws from Carter – A Camp No Limits idea comes to life

August 29, 2016

One of the coolest things we do each year is attend Camp No Limits. It’s a huge foundation to Jordan’s confidence and abilities. I love it so much, I joined the board. During camp, there are always kids who are learning to ride a bike for the first time. An upper limb difference can make […]

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That Time We Rode Expedition Everest 11 Times

August 26, 2016

I have so many stories to share from this year… Life has been non-stop, especially since May. I thought I’d share awesome moments and learnings. Why not start with one of my favorite memories when Jordan and I visited Walt Disney World Resort this past May. That’s when Jordan and I had an opportunity of […]

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A Meet Up with Maker Fun in Chicago

August 25, 2016

I have mentioned this a couple of times but I’m making it official! Jordan and I are headed to Chicago for a two-day visit. We were able to work out a day in her schedule to meet with her prosthetist, David Rotter. Jordan has grown out of all of her traditional prosthetics. After this year […]

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Girls Who CAD and Awesome Without Borders

July 27, 2016

Since January, Jordan has gone through an amazing transition. She loved to create things, but she was a rule follower. She would follow directions and never go outside the lines. But after working with KIDmob and Autodesk on designing a 3D printed superhero sparkle-shooting prosthetic/body modification, she sees things differently. Computer Assisted Design (CAD) is […]

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The Longterm Impact of Summer Camp

July 26, 2016

This sponsored post is brought to you by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. All opinions and experiences are my own! Summer camps are full of traditions. There are activities and crafts that are core to the experience. Friendship bracelets are one of those traditions. I had forgotten all about them until I watched camp counselor, Kennedi, […]

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Creating a New Concept for TOM:DC Makeathon

July 22, 2016

After Jordan’s awesome opportunity to present at a Maker Health event with the Health and Human Services Department’s Idea Lab, MedStar Health and the National Institutes of Health, we had a chance to meet some fabulous people in the maker world. They’re making sure Jordan’s work isn’t done! Her ideas have more opportunity to expand with the […]

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Seeing #LiveUnlimited in person at MDA Summer Camp

July 21, 2016

This sponsored post is brought to you by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. All opinions and experiences are my own! I know the life-long impact a summer camp can bring to a child’s life. Ever since Jordan started attending Camp No Limits when she was three, I’ve watched her develop into a confident and VERY strong […]

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Project Unicorn Spreads Glitter Across DC

July 14, 2016

Sorry for the time gap, but I felt the need to take a little break from posting last week… and I have so many stories to catch up on telling. The kids had a chance to take a huge one-week adventure in Washington, DC and New York City with me. Jordan, Cameron and I made […]

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We always try to #LiveUnlimited

July 12, 2016

Today is a special day. I was invited to spend a day at one of the nearly 75 week-long Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) summer camps in the United States. I will get to meet some of the campers and learn about how camp makes a positive impact on their lives. I know the importance of summer […]

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