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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#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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